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LJ Zip-Zapping Around The Online Universe . . . [Jul. 20th, 2003|10:23 pm]
Sauce1977
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So, I'm looking around the place, sniffing out the online personas, wondering why I haven't taken a shower yet, and ah yes, the lot in life is to become unemployed . . .

I keep stumbling, every so often, in LJ userinfo, a person decides to make a barcode of themselves.



This difficulty may be traced back to my roots as a clerk at a Rite Aid pharmacy.

I had to stock the shelves of liquor after the genius-types in management decided that customers should be able to grab the liquor in the aisles instead of behind the counters. I've never understood this move. Liquor is such the item that it becomes very hot to the five-finger discounters. The first week it was out there, we had no security, and probably close to a thousand, maybe more, in liquor, became missing from the shelves.

To combat this, since the store I worked had a suburban locale, the management put up faux security cam bubbles. These would be good if there were cameras attached in a network. For the rest of the time I worked there, months passed, no actual cameras. Just the appearance remained. Still, the liquor was swiped quite easily. After all, I'm not about to do an end-run out the door to tackle someone with thefted booze. It's not my style.

To combat further, the clerks attached those bar-codeish security stickers on the outsides of the bottles. I had to attach quite a few of them while working there.

This is my difficulty.

1) It looks out of place, easily recognized by the would-be theftor.

2) It ruins the image and general ambience of the liquor bottle.

3) As if plastic bottles weren't bad enough for liquor bottle ambience, this did nothing to curb the theft of liquor.

Okay. Why didn't the sensors pick up the thefted bottles?

They were very easy, to rip off the tags essentially damaged the sensor to the sticker.

They have cameras in the Rite Aid I used to work at this juncture in time. I guess it took the management-types a few years to receive the feedback and respond.

Still, creating a bar code for one's self seems a bit . . . ah, I'm not going to comment any further than this.

I would not be pompous as to condone or denounce the LJ users who do have their very own bar codes. I'm just not buying, that's all. :D

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[User Picture]From: hudoovoodoodoll
2003-07-20 09:05 pm (UTC)

:D

I can look for codes and you wont HAVE to buy... I sure didn't :) lol <3Melvin
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2003-07-20 09:49 pm (UTC)

I used to hunt for Easter Eggs.

You know, play a game, and hope that I'd be the lucky one to find some programmer's bug that never has been found by anyone else.

Kind of like in Punch-Drunk Love, when Sandler's character finds a loophole in the promotion that can net him a lifetime of frequent-flyer miles, thus giving him a free pass on airplanes.
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