The absolute worst part of my job was the Christmas music. We had a station that played nothing but for the entire month of November and December, and guess which the manager wanted on in the store.
Three guesses and the first two don't count. Between that and the Christmas muzak out in the mall walkways I just about went postal.
Thankfully, our next manager played a pop station which had a Christmas song every 5-10 songs, which was bearable.
But the best was our first manager, who played the hard rock station. Woo-hoo!
Nothing like Edgar Winter and Metallica when you're piercing ears and selling accessories!
From Hiedi:Oh for the love of all things holy WHY??? WHY???Poor...poor retail slaves....
Summer lovers still wearing bathing suits and white, enjoying long sunny days and squeezing the last ounces out of their favorite season before Labor Day, may not want to linger for long at a Sam’s Club in the Tampa Bay area.
Visitors to that Brandon, Fla., store are met nearly at the door by a prominent display of Christmas trees, lights and more.
“We put up our display up on Thursday or Friday of last week,” Brandon store manager Steve Tycoliz told ABC News today. “This is earlier than last year, but we’ve had it up as early as July before.”
Tycoliz, a 24-year veteran of the retail chain that is owned by Walmart, says that all of Sam’s Club’s 600-plus stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are expected to be “fully outfitted” for the holiday season by mid-September.
The Brandon store’s display went up last week because there was room on the display floor and Tycoliz knew his store’s clientele, mostly businesses, would appreciate the early shopping opportunity.
“They expect us to have the merchandise out in front because they have to decorate their businesses and they have to look at how they’re going to budget for gifts for their employees,” Tycoliz said. “We had room for it because we had sold out of a lot of our patio items and, rather than wait, we just went ahead and put it up.”
Though walking in from the heat of summer to the sight of Christmas trees may be a bit jarring for Floridian shoppers, Tycoliz says the feedback from his customers has been more shock than anger.
“They’re more just like, ‘Wow, it is right around the corner again,’” he said of Sam’s Club members. “I haven’t received any negative comments.”
“The merchandise is selling,” he said.
As of today, there are 124 days until Christmas.
Originally posted on April 01, 2010
With Easter weekend fast approaching I'd like to share a story that happened on my first Easter in Hell. I worked at a fairly large zoo and is one of the top if not the top tourist attraction in my state (Nebraska).
Our zoo is considered one of the best in the world, and I was one of the people responsible for letting people in our gates (JOY). I was 17 at the time of this incident and had just started working there, it was also my first job.
That year some of our policies changed and we weren't accepting certain memberships from other zoos anymore (mostly because they weren't accredited). It was about 9-10am when this woman comes up to me with her husband and 3-4 spawn.
She slams down her membership card, and I politely explain the situation.
Then she went PSYCHO!
The woman went from a seemingly nice lady to every other word being a four letter word that starts with f and rhymes with firetruck.
I quickly call my supervisor and the one who came out is about 6'8" or something and he's trying to calm her down while backing me up 100%.
She's still screaming in front of her children and everyone else who was in line, which was quite a few people as it was a holiday and the weather was nice.
Finally, this woman throws her card at me stays "WE ARE NEVER EVER COMING BACK HERE AGAIN, LOOK AT MY KIDS YOU HAVE RUINED THEIR CHILDHOOD!" and storms off.
Her husband picks up the card and sheepishly walks away.
My boss turns to me and says, "Well that's fine we don't want people like you here anyway.... we don't get paid enough to deal with you."
The next few people in line were super awesome and the rest of the day went without another major incident.
I'll send in more stories in the future like the day we let everyone in for free,
As for now you can call me: