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RHUER Needs Moving Advice

Blogskull12Hey ya'll, this is Samzilla from the comments. I lurk, I comment, and now I post.

I come to you seeking advice. I'm trying to move May 1st from NJ back home to PA. Not that bad of a move, but it's still 1.5-2 hours away. Most of us know the stress about finding a place to live, and what's more is the stress to find a new job. For me there is no transferring since I work at a law firm, and I plan on never working in an office environment again. I'm going to be applying for overnight stock jobs so I don't have to face custys.

Here's my dilemma though. Even though I'll be applying for jobs and living spaces at the same time, unless the gods are smiling down on me, I won't be given both at once. So what do I do? Do I take a job without knowing where I'll be living or if I'll be able to get a place? Or do I find a place to live (have enough for deposit and 1st month rent) and apply and call everywhere in hopes of getting a job?

Another question that just popped into my mind: How do I make sure to get over minimum wage. The county I'm moving to, it's where I grew up and where all my loved ones live, but it's also expensive. I wouldn't be able to survive on minimum wage, living in the cheapest place in the county and be able to afford utilities and pay back my student loans. I am looking into a roommate, but it's hard finding someone who is not only willing to live with me, but someone I trust, since last time I had roommates I ended up moving out with almost none of my dishes, wii games and controller :/

Thanks in advance for any advice and help I get. I'm hoping this post makes sense as I'm stressed and haven't had a good night's sleep.



RHU Advice: Drug Dealing Lazy Coworker Gets Special Treatment

Blogskull3Brian The Werewolf:

I’d like to have a bit of a discussion about a problem at work that's beginning to really get on my and everyone else's nerves.

We have an employee at work who has the annoying habit of showing up when he wants to, going on break when and for long he wants to, and just sleeping at his desk when he wants to for over a year and from what everyone says, longer than that. For example, yesterday he was supposed to be clocked in at 9:00 but didn't show up until 10:40. He left on an unapproved lunch around 12:15. He didn't return until well after 5:00 PM and left barely two hours later for the night for the end of his shift. 

For the two hours he was here, he slept at his desk, took one phone call, got up and walked around, talked to other supervisors and agents half a call floor away in a totally different department, slacked off, etc. What bugs me is that he has done these kind of stunts for well over half a year and has even exploded in the face of our call center director and yet he still has a job. He has never once been written up for this, not sent home, nothing. He does right in front of the OPs manager and the supervisors.

They laugh with him and smile. Last night I logged out of my phone for less than two minutes to wrap up an account and I was being yelled at within thirty seconds of logging does this guy do this? Simple. He sells drugs to the supervisors and staff and they can't punish him without exposing themselves. The rest of us are expected to give a one line explanation as to why we are late if we are late by email every time. I have yet to see this asked of him.

A2I'm going to be late this morning on purpose by maybe 10 minutes to see what happens and see if I get in trouble for it and if I do, I'm going to start raising some serious questions because every time I've brought up this guy's behavior, the response "he doesn't work for me." Then who the hell does he work for as there are only two supers and an OPS manager if he doesn't work for my supervisor, he surely has to work for the other one and damn sure he does for the Ops manager.

How in the world should this be handled? What should I do or say? The vendor I work for has no drug screening policy to get hired. There is also the risk that if its exposed, the client could pull the entire project from the vendor, costing us over 2,000 jobs, mine included. Yikes.

--Brian The Werewolf


Departmenet Store Retail Hell Worsens After Two Days Off

A7From Penneyslut:

Hey ya'll!  Doesn't it always seem that the day back to work after a few consecutive days off  is always SO MUCH worse than a normal day? 

Today ended up sucking for so many reasons.  I need to vent.

My coworker texted me and informed me she would be late.  I happily agreed to count her drawers for her, even though she was in a totally different department.  I arrive on the sales floor 10 minutes before the store opening; plenty of time to count co-worker's registers and move on to my own.  WRONG.

Literally TWO MINUTES after I began counting her drawers, one of the managers walked by with the keys, and sauntered over to the doors to begin opening them, a full 8 minutes before we were scheduled to open. 

I remark "Um, manager, can't we wait until the time we are scheduled to open?  I am just counting these registers for someone else, I am not scheduled over here today. "  She replies "Well, honey, I guess you'd better stay up here then."

OCTOCAROL 350So, I get trapped in a totally different department by the horde of sunday-morning shoppers (don't these people have anything better to do than hang out in a parkng lot until the store opens?!??), meanwhile my money for my register is just laying around on the counter in my department, totally unsupervised, just begging for someone to pocket it.

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Once I returned to my own department, I was greeted by my supervisor (one of two).  She began rambling off tasks and projects that had to be done, apparently by me. 

Now, I fully understand that my role in the store is not only to perform my described duties of cashing people out and folding, but any additional tasks that my supervisor assigns for me.  I totally accept that, and I actually usually enjoy helping the supervisors do their stuff, mostly because its a nice break from ringing, and I get to dick around with the other supervisor, who is totally awesome. 

However, the laundry list of tasks I was being assigned were specific tasks for the supervisor; they involved reading the plan-o-gram sheets that are sent from corporate and moving around tables, merchandise, mannequins, posters, and racks around to get our store to look like the pictures (it never does). This may vary by company, but in my store, this is the #1 thing that separates my job from my supervisors job.

OCTOCAROL 353So, I was really irritated that I am making minimum wage doing the work that is specifically assigned to my supervisor, who probably makes at least double what I do. It was so time consuming that I didn't even get around to folding the merchandise in my area (something I am responsible for, and cannot leave for the evening until it is perfect, even if it means staying hours after my scheduled shift) until half an hour before store closing. 

While scrambling to make the place as neat as possible, I realized that I had been so busy doing her stuff that I had only taken care of ONE customer during my entire 9-hour shift. 

Luckily, the retail heavens were smiling upon me today, and the department wasn't a total disaster, only a few tables were bad enough to need to be completely re-stacked, so I ended up finishing a few minutes before the store closed, which brings me to my last issue of the night... 

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This describes a situation I know MANY of you deal with - being the 'wrong gender' for a certain department. 

For our favorite moderator (*winky face*), it was being a man in the handbag dept.  For me, it is being a woman in the men's suit department. 

I understand men can be a little weary of having a woman measure and size them up, but it is done very professionally (we aren't even allowed to measure the customer's inseam, we have to use a calculation based on other measurements).  

OCTOCAROL-265Frankly, I know what I'm doing, and I do it well.  I'm used to the typical questions:

"Where is the man who can tell us about these suits?" 

"Isn't there a man around who can tell us what size we need?" , even though I'm wearing a nametag that says "Penneyslut: Men's Suit Specialist" and currently measuring a man for a suitcoat. 

But in the last few minutes before the store closed tonight, I witnessed something so comically sexist that I wasn't even offended. 

I was standing by my register, waiting for the word to begin counting down.  Three younger (~23, 24?) customers walk by, and stop about 20 feet before my register. 

Note that my register is very unique-looking.  It is more of a vary large cubicle that is cut out of the wall.  It has its own doors for its own stock room, and several fitting rooms.  The wall has a huge sign saying "Men's Suits & Dress Clothing".  I am standing behind the long wooden desk that says the same thing, and I have a men's suit nametag as well as a tape measure adorned around my neck. 

I hear these customers debating "Well, should we ask her for help?  No...can't be.  Are you sure? No man, I don't think so.  What would she know about them?" 

I stand there, laughing to myself, as the customers eventually decide it is better to walk up to the JANITOR, who is loading up a 5' x 8' garbage can, and ask him where the suit vests are, than to ask the woman behind the suit counter, CLEARLY assigned to that department. 

The janitor, not bound by our customer service bullshit, gives him a "whathafuckkk" head turn/eye roll and says "damned if I know....why the hell would you ask me that question instead of that worker over there?! "

Thanks for listening, as always, RHU!

--<3 Penneyslut