As far as holiday help goes… a pulse and a clean background check is about all you need, and I’ve worked places where the background check was waived anyway.
I was a supervisor, so I had to shake my head in disbelief and cope with the “help” they hired.
I remember one year, they hired this guy who would throw the merchandise around, then go and spray gang tags in the stockroom… on the walls, the merchandise, everything.
The store wanted to keep him through Christmas. I actually got into an argument with the store manager, who apparently didn't mind broken merch and gang tags because, and I quote, "It's not like the customers are going to see them in the back room, and most of them are on boxes that we're going to throw away anyway. We can paint over the walls later, and any merch he tags we just throw out and claim it was damaged in shipping."
Yes. Seriously. You did in fact just read that.
They finally let him go Loss Prevention caught him stealing from the registers... Swastikas in the back room? Cool. Raiding $5 from the registers? ZOMFGWTFBBQ!