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Ancient Retail Secrets Revealed! [Feb. 8th, 2005|12:00 pm]
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When a person has experience or does well in a retail store, the upper management rewards them by placement in a store that has fallen into chaos.

Apparently, the store I work previously had become one of those types of chaotic stores.

The sad part of it . . . this store was brand new, and it was opened last summer.

The sadder part of it . . . they put a new hire manager into the store.

The even sadder part of it . . . they didn't train this manager as much as they should have.

The even sadder-sadder part of it . . . they placed me in this store as the only assistant.

The even sadder-sadder sadder part of it . . . they didn't train me enough as much as they should have.

The saddest part of it . . . I am not sure if the company has enough properly-trained experienced folks.

We shall see how this one continues . . . I've had less than a month in the company, and I was left by myself to run the place Saturday evening and all day Sunday. My only help on Sunday was one cashier, and she showed up 5 minutes late for work. We didn't get the store cleaned up for the next day, and I received a call from the manager, stating that the store "looks like hell."

On top of this, I've been without a car for way too long at this point. My car began to die within the first week of training, and it's still dead. I went ahead with the repairs because I cannot justify a new car lease, given the instability of my current situation.

Detroit has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. On top of that, the city is going broke. On top of that, the Big American auto producers aren't doing well in sales. Those companies make this area run . . . when they don't run, this area suffers.

People complain about the necessity of automobiles to live in Los Angeles. I'm sorry, Angelenos, but you have a better bus system and an MTA. Detroit has a bus system that is going to be severely cut back this year, and the People Mover is a joke in comparison to the MTA, which you think is a joke. Half of LA runs on the minds and talents of people from Michigan . . . maybe the rest of you Angelenos don't know, but you have it pretty nice in comparison.

I called this morning to see the progress of the repair of my ride. I woke up way too early at 6 AM on my 1st off-day, yesterday, to call them to go-ahead with repairs. Today, they said the mechanic assigned has a lot of work ahead of my car. I've only had it resting in pieces in their lot for, oh, over a week now . . . I told them that if I can't get to work tomorrow, then I will not have a job. I hope that helped them to understand that I need that car fixed by the end of today.

My folks and girlfriend and friends cannot continue to help me with rides.

Detroit has been a huge fucking mistake.

I hope this city understands how poor it really is.

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[User Picture]From: notoriousmdc
2005-02-08 05:42 pm (UTC)
I know how that is, believe me.

Milwaukee has a high-quality bus system, but most only run until midnight or so, which doesn't help me, who works till 1.

Thank God for the Voyager.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-02-08 06:48 pm (UTC)
The bus system is particularly important for African American residents. The bus system pretty much supports their ability to get to any job in the suburbs . . . a cut of the system would severely affect the unemployment rate in Detroit by three-fold.

The system, as-was, didn't reach enough areas of the city's extended sprawl. After the cuts, it will reach even less of the city.

I've noticed one alarming trend in the difference of white folks to black folks . . . this may not be the case, but it seems that when a young white man or woman is in financial or other trouble, the family and relatives and friends tend to help out a lot more, in comparison.

I have at least one cashier who I think is a few years younger than me who is filing for bankruptcy because she overspent on her credit cards. I've overspent on my cards as well, however, I don't get hung out to dry . . . I feel for her. She's a pretty good cashier.

My days are numbered. I'm 28, and my money's just about to run out of my help network. I'm staring at no future and little motivation if I cannot find stability to help me get ahead of the game.

I'm making one dollar less an hour than I did with less responsibility in 1997. That's pretty pathetic, ladies and gentlemen.
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[User Picture]From: notoriousmdc
2005-02-08 10:34 pm (UTC)
Sad to hear that.

Remember though, that God never closes a door without opening a window.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-02-08 11:43 pm (UTC)
In this case, he's been throwing me through the fucking windows for over a month.
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[User Picture]From: notoriousmdc
2005-02-09 09:01 am (UTC)
Sometimes, even for the righteous, the best path is neither straight nor narrow...

I hate to sound like I'm preaching to you, but I'm trying my best to restore some kind of hope.
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[User Picture]From: mizcrank
2005-02-08 07:07 pm (UTC)
you know i know...
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-02-08 11:31 pm (UTC)
Damn straight.

I feel for you, mizcrank . . . I can imagine how much of a pain in the ass life can be without mobility.

We have set up our society to need the automobile. Quite frankly, I accept this, but I don't agree with it.

There has to be a way to transition the auto companies to re-tool and produce other useful tools. Our society needs to shift to public transportation and by foot. The automobile should never have become a necessity.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-02-08 11:32 pm (UTC)
I think that if you do, you should also plan out a multi-tiered strategy to adjust to purchase offers vs. lone production.

If you tried to produce this by yourself, then you'd have to not only map out the production and distribution, but you'd also have to secure yourself because it would be an attack on all sides from your direct competitors.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-02-09 01:05 am (UTC)
Aye-aye, cap'n!
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-02-09 01:32 am (UTC)
That's frickin' sweet!

I wonder if the cartoon artists would want a cut.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-02-09 03:19 am (UTC)
I had about three box-cutters on me at work . . . I noticed that the people had left them all over the store, so I started to collect them.

Somebody laughed at how many cutters I carried.

I joked with them, and brandished one. In a mocking mean voice, I bellowed, "Somebody's going to get cut tonight!"

The Hubble telescope can see 10.5 billion years into the past.

If the speed of light is the fastest possible speed . . . well, now maybe speed has nothing to do with the actual principle of teleportation.

If the atoms and molecules are given an electrical device set, and one set sends the information to the other set, then it wouldn't matter the distance . . . well, it would.

The time it would take to teleport someone to the sun from our planet, on that theory, would take 8 minutes.

Maybe teleportation would only be useful in short distances.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-02-09 04:29 am (UTC)
Really?

Is damage or power cell failure going to be the death of it?

I wasn't aware.

On other notes, there's a really fresh discussion of the re-animation of the dead in horror_movies . . . that's perked me up a bit, in addition to your conversation, as provided.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-02-10 01:15 am (UTC)
This is the first that I have heard of it.

It intrigues me. I wonder if it'll be as good as 28 Days Later.

I'm one who likes that film . . .

Guess who rented Shawn of the Dead and Ju-On?

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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-02-10 06:35 pm (UTC)
I'll admit, the Japanese "continuous curse" phenomenon most likely seems to come from an outwardly force that lives over them, probably something so great that they could never overcome it . . . take a guess which country that is.
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[User Picture]From: lordjunon
2005-02-08 07:40 pm (UTC)
Stupid query: Where do you work if you dont mind me being nosey

Pittsburgh is almost the same way, it might even be worse if i remeber, i dont really follow local news that much but if i heard right the citys money problems are not good.

Same with where i live, north of the burgh, The school district had to pick up my grandmas job from the city, and i know there are HUGE money problems. It stinks. :|
Chris
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-02-08 11:36 pm (UTC)
I only name the places I work after I'm not with the company.

There is a reason why I do this. If anyone from the company were to be interested, it would take them a little longer to make the connection. I feel that if it was that important to someone in the company, it probably wouldn't be for a reason that I could benefit. That being the case, I'd rather make them work a little more to connect the dots.

Take for instance, my last job was at Erectile Dysfunction Syndrome . . . that's the "Cat Herders," mind you.

To give you a little info, we're a chain that is pretty much a mid-to-small-size retail group.

Pittsburgh is exactly the same way, my friend. All production towns suffer 10-15% more than the rest of the country at this time, on my estimate.

When more service jobs are outsourced, then we'll all be hurting.
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[User Picture]From: gjenkins05
2005-02-08 08:28 pm (UTC)
That sucks. I hope things get better for you, though. =\
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-02-08 11:40 pm (UTC)
At this point, I am not getting happy over fortunate events.

I just went out after the dealer called . . . they fixed my car, to the tune of 828 dollars. The car isn't worth anything on a trade-in . . . however, that 8 bills is a better option than a 3 year commitment to rent a car.

Cars depreciate. They should all be rented, never purchased . . . that much is correct about the industry. However, the rental agreements should be terminate-at-will. If I wanted a car for three months, then I should be able to obtain one for just three months.

Our parents cannot understand our ownerless and debt-filled lives. We're going to be cleaning up their shit in about 10-15 years. I'm not sure what happens after that.
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[User Picture]From: gjenkins05
2005-02-09 04:20 am (UTC)
That is an interesting perspective. That is a big stack of bills, but you are right it is probably better than being locked into something you don't want to be locked into.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-02-09 04:33 am (UTC)
The car failure and the timing couldn't have combined at a worse time . . . well, it was pretty poor timing.

When someone starts a new job, it's important to have other things functioning well. This car has turned out most of my off-days into a nightmare of compounded problems. I can never rest because there's never been a chance in the recent past . . . I know notoriousmdc knows what I'm talking about . . . one of the worst things is knowing you have too much flux in where you're going to reside. That's one of the worst ones . . .

I just didn't expect to not only survive that ordeal in my own life . . . but to also have to experience a nightmare of a job situation, on top of a car failure. It's a real pain in the ass to live these days, but I can imagine that if I developed health problems, then it would be worse . . . oh yeah, that's right! My back is frigging killing me! I'm not physically fit to lug multiple crates of liquid laundry detergent for over 2 hours!
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-02-09 04:37 am (UTC)
For that matter, I can also feel the recent pain of mizcrank in terms of her relocation, job difficulties, and her ongoing and recently-finished struggle with her ride!

Also, there's probably something even worse . . . ambientfusion and octochoron have experienced the problem of possible government snafu . . . I pray to the heavens tonight that octochoron is granted the fortunate outcome of overcoming this glitch.

My friends list finds itself in good company. We're all way out of the control of our problems, and we all could use quite a bit of good fortune and rest.

Life isn't easy, but when problems become compounded, it can become a chore to live.
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[User Picture]From: gjenkins05
2005-02-09 04:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, that is definitely a bunch of crap piled on top of a bunch of crap at once =\
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-02-09 04:48 am (UTC)
Maybe I'm in a period of suffering because all those who know me know that I know better than to resort to criminal and/or violent behavior . . . my threshold of violence is rather high . . . I also hate the outcome of such personal action, so I know enough to resist it, even when it is most tempting.
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[User Picture]From: notoriousmdc
2005-02-09 09:03 am (UTC)
I'd pull a bank job before I fall off completely though, lol
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