Sunday, November 30, 2008

Spoiled children rant

I just read an article on yahoo news about how parents are writing letters to toy manufacturers to stop advertising to their children. It said that parents are giving up everything in order to give their children the toys that they ask for. One woman is even going to prostitute herself to give her children what they want. Since when is the gift giving of Christmas mandatory? Since when do children automatically get everything that they want? At the very bottom of the article it mentions that this is the perfect time to teach your child that they can't always get what they want and how to negotiate in a world full of advertising. I bet most readers have stopped reading by that point in the article.
How selfish for current parents. Instead of teaching their children restraint, they are teaching them to get everything they want. That is why my generation is so bogged down with credit card debt. That is why the mortgage industry has tanked. That is why parents are calling their grown children's teachers and bosses to hash things out. Let the child learn! Teach them to say no to purchasing the new shoes. Teach them to live in the smaller house. Teach them that they will never have everything the Joneses have so just deal with it.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Black Friday! I don't know if most stores are now officially in the black but my new store was a bit busy today. We sold sweaters like crazy. Of course, we had a coupon out there that gave you $10 off a choice of three types of sweaters. I learned the register today and received the most wonderful compliment. I was told that ...

Sorry. Gwen needed a booboo kissed...

As I was saying, I was told that I have a lot of brains and common sense. To me that is the nicest thing someone could say about a new hire. This group seems like a lot of hard working and considerate women. I like it there.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving lunch. My husband had to be at work by 3. He decided to go in early because we were just sitting around digesting (not even talking. Too much triptafan) so he wanted to allow everyone else to leave early. He got a message from work saying that the boss's boss bought everyone lunch/dinner who had to work today. That was so sweet.
The girls ate normally. Gwen picked and complained that she wanted more turkey when there was tons on her plate. Roomie finally figured out that she wanted a leg to knaw on. Normally I'm okay with that but this bird was tough and I didn't want her choking on those bone-like tendons. She'll live. Heidi would still be eating if she didn't run out of food over an hour ago. I have to limit what she gets or she will eat until she throws up. Then her tummy is empty and she will eat again. It's a vicious cycle.
What a boring set of games. Could they hook up more different teams? If a team wins by over 30 points, there should be a rule that whoever picked those teams for a major game watching day apologizes.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

First real day on the job. Feet hurt. Feet hurt. Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.Feet hurt.
I bought new shoes after work today.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Yeah! Mom and Dad to the rescue. I found an great babysitter but she can't start working until Wed. My parents are coming down to babysit for my first day of work.
My nephew is in the hospital (he'll be fine but he will be there for a while). Gwen and I spent the day making him cookies. I wonder how broken they will be by the time the Post Office gets them to him?

Friday, November 21, 2008

You are now reading from a post by the new assistant manager at a fashionable plus sized women's store. Yeah!! I meet the new babysitter tonight. Everything is falling into place. It's amazing what happens when you put your worries into God's hands.
I got a call from the craft store telling me that they didn't need me to work tomorrow. It was so awesome to be able to tell them that it was okay because I needed to put in my two week notice. I'm sorta sad that it is during such a bad time of year but they had a few management positions open since I started working there two years ago and at no time did they even give me a chance for them. I also warned them that I was looking for a new job so I actually feel no real guilt.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Haven't gotten the other job quite yet.

It's amusing that all of the new hires assume that I am their manager. I am just a peon like them. I refer to mysef as the senior cashier because I have been there the longest but there is nothing in my title that is different than theirs. I was asked by one of them why I didn't ask to be moved into management by now. I told them that I applied and the store did not think I was management material. They are actually losing employees due to their refusal to promote from within. It's amusing that the latest front end manager quit yet I have yet to hear of a an opening for her position. Oh, and they just hired this lady from outside of the store and are in a real hurry to train her in everything. Yep. My resume is out there.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Gotta love retail. Just offered a job for $8.50/hr. The babysitter would cost me $7/hr. Yeah, I'm desperate enough for the experience to take it.
Great day at work today. I managed to help customers while answering the phones and working as a cashier. I feel powerful. Someone even told me that I have a pretty smile. Glee. I love compliments. If you ever get an unhappy cashier, compliment her and see how much better the transactions go. I was happy since I awoke but the nice word still made my day.

I'm waiting for my girls to wake up from their naps. I'm thinking a good tickling is in order for them. ^_^

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Joy of coupons

The following is a conversation I had about two months ago. It is unfortunatley not as rare as you might think.

customer: I want to buy these three things but they are too expensive.

Me: I'm sorry?....

customer: Give me the coupon price or I won't buy these.

Me: I'm sorry about that but I don't have any extra coupons. I will be happy to put these back on the shelves for you.

customer: Just change it in your computer.

Me: I cannot do that. I can give you a discount on one item if you sign up for our mailer.

customer: No. I don't need to sign up for anything. Just give it to me.

Me: I'm sorry. I cannot do that. Would you like to talk to a manager?

customer: (huffs out of the store)

Okay, not a lot of people seem to understand the point of coupons. They think that it is to save them money. It is not! The reasons that coupons were created was to get you into the store. I will happily give a coupon to a customer if I have one. Do Not Ask! Smart stores realize that you are already in the store and have no reason to supply them to the cashiers. Sometimes we have them left over from stuffing bags but that is very rare. Telling me about how evil I am because I do not have another coupon is not going to go anywhere. I don't take it personally. Heck, I just see it as a very stupid customer. If the point of the coupon is to get you into the store and you are here, I have no reason whatsoever to even think of giving you the discount. Actually, that is not true. If you sign up for a mailer/credit card/store promotion/ect. I will convince the register that you have a coupon. But that occurs whether I have the piece of paper or not.
If you want to make your cashier give you a coupon there are some rules to follow
1. Be nice. Rude people get nothing.
2. Follow that rules. Sign up for the stupid mailer even if you have already signed up for it 4 times and never received it. Not my fault. Just spend two minutes filling out your address and get the $3 off your puchase.
3. Try to go to the same cashier. If I recognize you as a regular, I will be more willing to make you happy.
4. Don't be afriad to pretend that you forgot it at home. Sometimes we push it through anyways if you are very nice and buying a lot.
5. Do not demand one. Asking is okay but don't be ticked off when we tell you that we don't have one.
6. If something is damaged and you still want it, point out the damage. Where I work I have permission to give a 75% discount if I tell the manager first so don't be afraid of the chip or scratch. You will probably be turning it towards the wall or covering it up with a craft project anyways.

Monday, November 17, 2008

sick day

I have today off which is good because this stupid flu/cold that I got three weeks ago still has me in its grip. Gwen went to school today for the first time in over a week. Heidi is so zoned out that I just put her in front of the tv and she is almost not moving. Poor things.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I have the joy of being a mom. This is a very expensive occupation so I needed to get a job that allowed me to be home while my husband works and have some sleep on the side. Hmmmm. A job that allows me to change my hours every week to rotate around my husband's ever changing shifts and take off whenever one of my daughter's have the sniffles. Aha! Retail! I got a job at a craft store because my mother-in-law wanted my discount. I kept the job because who else is going to let me work only mornings one week, only evenings the next week and oh, I need certain weekends off so my husband can play soldier.
I actually enjoy my job. My coworkers are adults who managed to leave the back-biting of high school behind. The customers are usually kind people who are happy with you just getting them bagged and out of the store. The management is aware that their job is to let us know when we need to change what we are doing or keep up the good job. I like working with adults. It is nice. I am tired of working with 40 year old teenagers.
My entire world outside of work consists of two people: my daughters. My husband is in there too but let's face it, I am a mom first. Gwen is a 3 year old princess who loves books and her teddy bears. Heidi is a 1 and a half year old princess who loves anything that is loud enough to wake the dead. I don't mind the noise. I know where she is in the house if I can hear her.
We have a roommate too. He trades babysitting and odd jobs around the house in exchange for a warm room at night. He is a good guy that just never seems to catch a break. I mean it. If money started to fall from the sky, he would be stuck inside a broken elevator until every penny was claimed.
We also have two cats. Magic is a black kitty that has the weakest meow on the planet. Callie is a huntress who managed to catch a humming bird last summer. I would love a bird feeder outside to watch the pretty songbirds in the neighborhood but that would be like laying out corn all year long in your favorite hunting spot. It would just be wrong.