"OH GOD NO!"
"Kill me now."
While these can be associated with anything relating to retail, these were the reactions at Bookstore Slave's Hoarders every time there was an Inventory night.
Now Hoarders was smart enough to hire an outside company to do the Inventory, Managers would stay all night, and even bought the equivalent of a pizza party to feed the poor buggers who would stay all night to do their work.
Ordinarily, slaves would say "Holy crap! For retail, that's fucking AWESOME!"
However, such Inventory took place starting at 5pm, and ran till 6 am.
13 hour shifts!
Even with an hour's unpaid lunch break that's fucking miserable. And let's not forget that from 5pm till 11pm, the STORE WAS FUCKING OPEN TO CUSTOMERS! What the fuck man?! So you've got people meandering around in the store, pulling shit off shelves, wandering off with stacks of shit that may or may not have been scanned into the system yet, snarling at the poor Inventory slaves who are "in the way" or otherwise obliviously tripping over or kicking the slaves sitting on the hard floor and scanning shit on the very bottom shelf.
Add to this the bored shitless announcements every 15 minutes for 6 hours asking crusties to "Please forgive the inconvenience, our store is going through Inventory right now."
And employees...who are just trying to get their jobs done... are doing the do-si-do with Inventory slaves who creep behind the already cramped registers to scan shit that's on hold or in aisles scanning the shelved stuff. Can we put the cardloads of go-backs away? Fuck no! Not till the Inventory slaves have scanned it. Then you may. Goddammit! Somebody found a pile of shit hidden behind a chair. Hey, has anybody scanned this cart of go-backs yet? Yeah? Oh sorry, I better leave this pile some-fucking-where for it to be scanned. DAMMIT! Some Inventory Slave is currently scanning the shelf where these scanned go-backs need to go. So now we gotta wait till the Inventory slaves pass the spot where this is usually shelved so we don't fuck up the scanning.
Don't get me wrong. It's not the Inventory Slave's fault that they got dragged in to do work at the same time as the Retail Slaves. Hell, they have the grace to be apologetic to the Retail Slaves as they try to huddle in the smallest space they can physically curl into to avoid bumping butts with us.
And then our store gets chewed out for the sheer volume of "shrinkage" aka shit missing or stolen that was supposed to be in the inventory but somehow never got scanned. Dude... we were open for 6 hours. You can't constantly shuffle the inventory while it is being inventoried and expect every item to magically make it into the system some way, some how, with no misunderstandings.
And yes. PEOPLE STEAL SHIT! Since we can't beat the fuck out of anybody who may or may not be stealing, we're kinda Catch-22ed.
May all your customers be nice,