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MacManKrisK

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Icon 1 posted October 13, 2005 05:14      Profile for MacManKrisK     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'm usually a very dedicated person. I usually want to make absolutely certain that I do everything precisely correctly, especially when it comes to my work. Admittedly, no matter how silly it is, I take pride in my job, no matter how infintesimal it may be.

I just can't help it, though, I just can't care that much anymore! I know no one else really cares about their job (let me qualify that by saying, no one else in my department (stocking)). We all know that we're not going to change the world by putting items in their correct locations on shelves. We know that, if it were cheaper (and thankfully it isn't), Meijer would replace us with trained monkeys, no matter how many company statements and policies they have about "people first."

Let me give you tonight's example of my horrendous mis-deeds. This will require some background info. We have on each^H^H^H^H most boxes of items what is called a PIC label, and on most PIC labels there is a nice location code that breaks the location of the item down to the isle, shelf, and tag number. We are supposed to only put items out at their particular shelf/hang tag and if they don't fit they go into backstock.

Once in a while, in fact, more than once in a while, in fact, quite often, in fact, almost on a nightly basis, I run into an item that has a shelf tag but has a COMPLETELY different item already at that tag. This situation should never ever happen, but other people (read: stockers) are often too lazy to put things in their proper place, so they just stick it somewhere where it looks good (to them!) and leave it. This leaves me with the responsibility of locating where the item is *supposed* to go (this time without the aid of a PIC label, I have to actually look for the item myself without having the faintest idea where it's supposed to go), moving the item to it's appropriate location and then stocking the correct item.

I was stocking car floor mats tonight, and this isle is a complete mess. Nothing is where it's supposed to be. I found where this seat cover was supposed to go and there were floor mats already there, and so I found where those mats were supposed to go and something else was already there. So, I gave up! I said "fuck it!" and just found a good looking spot for the seat covers and taged them and stuck them there. And I know, I know this just compounds the problem the next time I (or someone else) stocks that isle, but I just don't care enough anymore. No one else cares, why the fuck should I?

I feel so dirty, so low. I've never settled for good enough before, and I know I'm just compunding the existing problem.....

Please, tell me I won't burn in Retail Hell for this! [cry baby]

(yes, Retail is hell...)

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angryjungman

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Icon 1 posted October 13, 2005 05:42      Profile for angryjungman   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
/me hands you a pitchfork.
[devil wand] [evil] [Big Grin]

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Alephcat
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Icon 1 posted October 13, 2005 06:05      Profile for Alephcat   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I darn you to heck where you shall be tortured by the inadiquacies of others

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Icon 1 posted October 13, 2005 08:34      Profile for TMBWITW,PB     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Between the frustration I felt as customer after seeing that kind of thing, and the frustration I felt as an employee trying to figure out how and why to fix it, I think it all balances out. [Wink]

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GMx

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Icon 1 posted October 13, 2005 11:06      Profile for GMx     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
At least you don't work at Walmart. [Wink]
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Grummash

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Icon 1 posted October 13, 2005 11:51      Profile for Grummash     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Don't worry about it...if you are conscientious 99% of the time, no-one can complain too much if you have a day off [Smile]
Everyone needs a little "fsck it, I can't be bothered" moment now and again - they stop us getting too obsessional about issues that are important to us.

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Phizzy_Phil
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Icon 1 posted October 13, 2005 12:34      Profile for Phizzy_Phil   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
You should never get stressed at work, but its hard not too at times, especially when its the fault of other people's incompetence.
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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted October 13, 2005 14:29      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thank you MMKK, I now know whos name to curse next time I can't find something in the supermarket. [Wink]

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MacManKrisK

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Icon 1 posted October 13, 2005 15:25      Profile for MacManKrisK     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
What I would rather have as my job would be the guy who walks around, looks for things that are out of place, and then rearranges them as they're supposed to be. Then I wouldn't have a "45 box/hr" quota over my head and I could be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

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Icon 1 posted October 13, 2005 15:40      Profile for Sxeptomaniac   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
If you're under a quota, I don't see any reason for you to feel bad about running out of time to fix all the problems. If you're doing the best you can to stock things correctly, it's not your fault that quota keeps you from fixing major problems when they crop up.

I've done stocking, too. It is frustrating how often some people will take shortcuts, even though it means more problems for everyone in the long run.

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Leadhyena Inrandomtan
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Icon 1 posted October 14, 2005 07:44      Profile for Leadhyena Inrandomtan     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Nowadays, it's okay. But, in the future, Manna will pick up on it and plan your termination weeks in advance.
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Icon 1 posted October 14, 2005 10:53      Profile for ewomack   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hmmm... perhaps you can change the world with stocking shelves. Misplaced seat covers could alter many things. Perhaps the flapping of the seat covers being misplaced set off a chain reaction that will lead to a storm half way around the world? Perhaps someone on the fringe of a breakdown has the thought "If I only had nice seat covers everything would work out!" So he goes to the store and CAN'T FIND ANY SEAT COVERS!!! Psychosis ensues. A chain reaction of neurotic events unfold. The seat coverless psycho goes on a rampage in which he destroys all of the Star Wars toys in the store. This leads to despair for children (and many more middle aged men) addicted to owning cheap toys and who then take their frustrations out on their families in subtle ways such as leaving the seat cover up, not washing their shaving scum down the sink, being overly flatulent at the dinner table, or drinking straight out of the bottle. Marriages fail. Society breaks apart. We all return to a Hobbesian "nasty, brutish, and short" state of nature. Then a 40km asteriod heads straight for Las Vegas, but everyone's too pissed to care. If only that guy had had his seat covers!!!!

See what you've done?!?!?! [shake head]

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dragonman97

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Icon 1 posted October 14, 2005 13:55      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Well done, ewomack! Only you could come up with such a masterfully spun story. [Wink]

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Colonel Panic
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Icon 1 posted October 17, 2005 20:24      Profile for Colonel Panic         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The last time I put a seat cover someplace where I thought that seat cover would look good, the proprieter of the seat slapped me.

But, we went out the following week.

CP

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