OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Tue 23 Mar, 2010 08:55 pm
@plainoldme,
plainoldme wrote:
Don't take this as sarcasm.
Do you ever have face-to-face conversations with people?
I have wondered this since my return to A2K.
Accepting it prima facie as non-sarcasm: yes.

I will admit that u have stimulated my curiosity.





David
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Tue 23 Mar, 2010 09:14 pm
@plainoldme,
plainoldme wrote:
Jeez Louise! I posted this in order to
1.) have a bit of fun and give people who have worked in retail a chance to vent;
2.) vent myself . . . I am running out of patience with this job and the terrible customers . . .
even the nice ones wear me down a tad
Your post reminds me of my last job (which shall remain undesignated).
For 12 years it was very, very comfortable, prestigious, ez $$,
undemanding and pleasant in an environment of secure, warm beauty.
I was always addressed with high standards of courtesy.

I enjoyed my holidays and my vacation time; that is oxymoronic n paradoxical.
When I retired the last time: I felt relieved n free. It felt good.

Perhaps u may wish to consider retiring.





David
plainoldme
 
  1  
Reply Tue 23 Mar, 2010 09:30 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
For several years, I have been aware that I can not retire before I am 70.
OmSigDAVID
 
  1  
Reply Tue 23 Mar, 2010 09:35 pm
@plainoldme,
plainoldme wrote:
For several years, I have been aware that I can not retire before I am 70.
I hope that u will make the best of it while u can.





David
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maporsche
 
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Reply Tue 23 Mar, 2010 09:43 pm
@plainoldme,
plainoldme wrote:

I should say that maporsche is making me a target. I strongly suspect that had a person of maporsche's political stripe started the exact same thread, s/he would be there cheering rather than jeering.


You are of my political stripe. I've voted for Democrats my entire voting life. I probably support every single cause you support (minus gun rights). Most recently, I voted for Obama and I went to Grant Park in Chicago and watched him speak on election night.

Please, try again POM; well nevermind, I'm really done with this thread now. I've said all I care to say, and I have no interest in talking to you about this anymore.
plainoldme
 
  0  
Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2010 10:34 am
@maporsche,
Why not complain about them? Look at the incident with the whining procrastinator. My co-worker refused to wait on her. I should add that my coworker is ready to quit and has cut her days down to two. She needs the money because, like me, she's an adjunct faculty member. However, the sheer boredom of the work . . . having to deal with people who are stupid, rude and arrogant . . .having to work under a woman on wheels who is also a hypocrite (one day I moved 60 cases of wine . . . I'm 5'3", 118 pounds and she's at least 5'9" and perhaps 180 or more. . . while she moaned about her back . . . gimme a break).

People think they have a license to be nasty when they are customers. They love to say that the customer is always right. I have seen it time and time again so I have always bent over backwards to be nice to store clerks.

I have heard customers tell store clerks they are ugly . . . one such clerk was a 28 year old natural blonde who wore a size 4 who is extremely attractive.

In fact, I don't find much good and gentle "golden rule" behavior out there.

Now, I have a following at the wine store . . . but most of the clerks do. I have made friends among the customers . . . and I have had to make certain that I cooled the ardor of a couple of men.

You certainly do not believe in turning the other cheek. Why should I? It would be less than honest.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2010 10:36 am
@maporsche,
You hide it well.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2010 10:44 am
As I said before, I posted this as an opportunity for people to vent . . . I thought an interesting collection of anecdotes would emerge from this post. I can't believe that people would fail to see this as the internet forum equivalent of a pop psych book.

Here is my personal retail heroine: Prior to working at Williams-Sonoma, I went to the store on a specific mission, to buy a mini-Cuisinart (which I haven't used in years). I went directly to the small appliance section and a family was there ahead of me. The woman wanted something to grate cabbage for cole slaw. The clerk patiently went through every possible redundant tool in the place. The woman had an objection to each and every one . . . too hard to clean, required cutting the cabbage into pieces first . . .and she already owned each one.

When the clerk ran out of suggestions, she turned to the customer and said, "My, we are difficult, aren't we?" The woman's husband said, "That's exactly what I say." He walked away.

Fortunately, at that moment, another clerk appeared to wait on me and I bought the machine.

I loved that clerk. There are people who need to have mirrors held up to their faces so that they can see themselves as others see them. This woman certainly did and the clerk may have done her . . . and her apparently long-suffering husband . . . an ENORMOUS favor.
chai2
 
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Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2010 02:08 pm
gnarly head doesn't make much sense either.
Pemerson
 
  1  
Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2010 03:05 pm
@plainoldme,
I've enjoyed your thread POM, it made me laugh. Getting on towards 70, I hope you get increasingly interesting, fun jobs.

Most of my job experiences held a bit 'o misery, but the last 7 years I worked part time from my home, and that was heavenly.
ossobuco
 
  1  
Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2010 04:23 pm
@chai2,
Thanks - not to me either.
Mame
 
  1  
Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2010 04:37 pm
@ossobuco,
Maybe because of hangovers?
ossobuco
 
  1  
Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2010 04:41 pm
@Mame,
Ah, that's a new usage for gnarly to me..
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plainoldme
 
  1  
Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2010 08:16 pm
@Pemerson,
I bet it is. I did some editing from my home a couple of years ago, sitting at my computer, in my pajamas or whatever. That was rather nice.
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plainoldme
 
  1  
Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2010 08:17 pm
@chai2,
Gnarly, like old tree branches, but in this case, a grape vine.
Mame
 
  1  
Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2010 08:28 pm
@plainoldme,
That'd work with hangovers - "I'm feeling kinda gnarly-headed"... "He looked kinda gnarly" Smile
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chai2
 
  1  
Reply Thu 25 Mar, 2010 04:46 am
@plainoldme,
Mebbe she got a gnarly head from giving Charlie head.
Francis
 
  1  
Reply Thu 25 Mar, 2010 04:55 am
@chai2,
Oh, the image! A total turn off!
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oolongteasup
 
  1  
Reply Thu 25 Mar, 2010 05:06 am
@plainoldme,
Quote:
and the clerk may have done her . . . and her apparently long-suffering husband . . . an ENORMOUS favor


ooo err on the small appliances floor nothing would surprise me
chai2
 
  1  
Reply Thu 25 Mar, 2010 06:28 am
@oolongteasup,
yes, the scandals I've heard of happening on the waffle iron aisle.

Including gnarly head.
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