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anonymous asked:

Once an old man passed out at the restaurant next door. Like, hit the ground passed out. Staff from the restaurant use our stores phone (theres was not working) to call 911. My manager later got a call from higher up yelling at her for letting someone else use our phone. Like? Would you rather he die??? Wtf

There is no reason I can think of why the fuck them using the phone for an emergency would fucking matter. What assholes. -Abby

Pet Store Blues Ep. 6 or something

*walks over to a couple crouching over by the goldfish section which you know will always lead to a thrilling ride*

Customer: Hi, so we have a small tank… err… I’m not sure how large, maybe… *points to a 20L tank on display* We set it up maybe… err… 2 days ago? So it’s been running a long time. So we just want 4 goldfish.

Does anyone know the feeling where you’re smiling and nodding through their speech but inside, you’re wondering how you’re gonna seamlessly transition from being polite and sweet to wrecking their plans (hopefully still politely as possible)? 

Me: *inserts goldfish info* 

Okay, so here’s where I always feel guilty because my boss is a nice, responsible and knowledgeable guy but he’s also running a small business so it is expected of us to still sell a single goldfish to customers with inadequate set ups after doing our best to educate them and asking they return it as soon as it becomes too large. 

Me: So unfortunately guys, buying 4 goldfish today will most likely only end in a lot of water changes for you and a lot of suffering for the four little fish, it’d be best if you bought one small goldfish in a few weeks and I ran you through cycl – 

Customer: – -Yeah, okay, whatever. We still just want 4 goldfish. 

They actually said that? 

Me: *gets that spider sense feeling where you become sure they don’t actually own de-chlorinator* Hang on, have you used a water conditioner yet?

Customer: What is that, is that the …err…. the carbon filter thing? My brother said I didn’t need the carbon filter.

Me: *tries to sell them water conditioner, stability, aquarium salt, decent food and the idea on researching a bit more before buying a live animal*

Customer: Yeah, I don’t know. I think I’ll ask my brother if I actually need the de-chlorinator, he has goldfish. I’m not gonna get scammed into buying useless junk, sorry. 

*smiles at me and leaves*

A Message From Our Staff

We here at The Together Store have been struggling for some time with people copying our work and being accused of copying others’ work. While we tried for some time to ignore it and rise above the drama, it’s becoming harder and harder for us to continue to work with all that’s been going on. Our Patreon account has become the center of a lot of unnecessary drama that has begun to cause us undue stress and anxiety. For that reason, we have decided as a group to shut down the store.

We love creating CC, and we love seeing you all use our creations. But there have been a lot of people acting maliciously and blatantly copying our work. There’s also the issue of about a dozen people who have been signing up for Patreon only to unregister before paying while downloading all of our creations. This theft of ideas and actual money has been going on for some time and while we tried to overlook it, it’s simply gone too far. It’s really hurtful that as artists we are being bullied out of making profit for our hard work and original designs.

We understand that there are good people in this community, that appreciate our work and encourage us to continue to share new things. Unfortunately, the ungrateful behavior of others is taking a toll on us in real life, and we feel we need to take a break and reflect on if this is something we want to continue to do. To our loyal supporters, we are truly sorry.

- The Together Store Staff

A video showing a group of African students being asked to leave an Apple store at Highpoint shopping centre in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday has caused widespread outrage on social media amid claims of blatant racism.

The video, which was posted on Facebook on Tuesday night, and has since been viewed more than 33,000 times, clearly shows an Apple staff member telling the Maribyrnong College boys that the store’s security staff were concerned they were going to shoplift.

“These guys are just a bit worried about your presence in our store,” an Apple staff member is heard telling the teenagers. “They’re just a bit worried you might steal something.”

The students appear shocked by the accusation and despite their protests are asked to leave.

“Guys, end of discussion, I need to ask you to leave our store,” the staff member says.

The six Year 10 students involved in the incident say they were shocked by their treatment.

“I’ve been coming to Highpoint for a long time and I never thought something like this would happen … of course I was offended,” Mabior Ater told Fairfax Media on Wednesday.

Mabior says it is not the first time he has experienced racism but “this is the first time it has been this big.”

He says he was overwhelmed by the flood of support he and his school friends have received on social media since the video went viral.

“A lot of people shared it (the video) and they were very angry that this was still happening in 2015,” he said.

Fardawsa Shanino wrote: “That’s what people do, racial profiling happens a lot, and white Australians want to ignore that. Smart of u guys for recording it.”

Others could not believe the way the boys were treated. “Im so shocked right now,” wrote Vanessa McIntosh.

On Wednesday afternoon, Maribyrnong College principal Nick Scott accompanied the six boys involved in the incident to the Apple store at Highpoint where they sought an apology.

At about 3.30pm a senior manager from the store met with the teenagers.

“She apologised to us and told us that we are welcome here anytime,” Mabior said. “It feels like we have justice now.”

A spokeswoman from Apple said it was looking into the situation but said Apple was committed to cultural diversity and inclusion.

The spokeswoman supplied a quote from Apple chief executive Tim Cook, which reads: “We want every person who joins our team, every customer visiting our stores or calling for support to feel welcome.

"We believe in equality for everyone, regardless of race, age, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. That applies throughout our company, around the world with no exceptions.”

It is understood a private security guard hired by Apple first raised concerns about the teenagers being in the store. It was an Apple staff member who was shown in the video asking the teenagers to leave. A Highpoint security staff member was called to attend the incident, but did not get involved in the dispute.

Highpoint Centre Manager Ryan Ling said: “Melbourne’s West is a multicultural area and we want to stress that Highpoint welcomes all guests.”

*manager voice* everyone, i am sorry to say this but someone stole a $5 naruto sticker book from our walmart store and now the entire staff is going to have their wages withheld this week to make up for the losses incurred, further management says each loss prevention team member must spend 5 minutes in the pear wiggler to atone.

I work at a regional grocery chain that i’ll refer to as Red Butt Store. We gauge the speed a cashier gets an order done by items scanned per minute (ipms). Cashiers have to get orders done in less than three minutes and we have to get at least 30 ipms (it used to be five minutes and 28 ipms; our store got kinda harsh on front end staff, i think (our store also bends over backwards to kiss customer ass)). Ok. Cool. But our managers expect us to keep up ipms, keep customer wait time to three minutes and keep lines down with very few baggers, which help the ipm count immensely. A while ago they told me that keeping lines down is a joint effort between baggers, cashiers and the people who direct people to lines. However, this week they then implied that keeping lines down was largely on cashiers and they have to move baggers (the few we have) onto cash registers to get lines down. It seems like a major blameshift from them for not hiring more baggers. I mean if i didn’t have to stop my transaction every now and then to sort items dc i don’t have someone bagging for me, perhaps. transactions. Won’t. Take. So. Long. In that same conversation the manager also pointed out to me one of the cashiers with the less than stellar ipms saying within earshot of said cashier that if She can’t keep her ipms up, the lines build up and we have to put another bagger on a cash register. Just shut the fuck up.

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Stolen Fish

This is an odd signal boost, possibly, but here goes! My local fish store, The Wet Spot in PDX, recently came by a rare spotted Congo puffer and had it for sale. This was a fish we were all excited to see in the community; they actually let me take a small video of it at one point because my daughter was in love with the little guy. Well, on Friday, someone came into the store and stole the rare fish. From the Wet Spot:

Hello Everyone,
This will be an unusual and troubling post for us. Recently, we got in a very unique and fantastic puffer Tetraodon schoutedeni “Spotted Congo Puffer”  and it WAS STOLEN from our store on Friday October 23rd. When it got busy and staff members were helping customers someone took it upon themselves to bag and take this puffer from our store. We have been informed that it appeared a man was tying off a bag on the corner of our road and acting suspicious around the time of the theft. Unfortunately, the location of the tank isn’t the best spot for our cameras and we don’t have any further information. We hope this puffer is alright and if anyone has any tips or hears about anyone locally trying to sell this fish don’t hesitate to call the store at 503-287-3339. We are deeply saddened and upset by this unusual crime and hope that at least the puffer is okay. We want to end on a positive note and thank all of our customers who support us and make this hobby amazing and not just this isolated upsetting incident.

So if anyone sees this fish in the Portland area or the PNW, please give them a call.

Trick me into changing my roster?

My manager cleverly tricked me into working every weekend for all of May and June, which we would usually share, as we’re the only two staff qualified to close at our store. (It’s hard to explain how she tricked me unless I explain our entire rostering system but believe me when I say she did it on purpose and gave me the sassiest “Oops, Oh well!” when I called her out about it)

Unfortunately for her, I was approached on Friday by a friend of a friend and offered an awesome job closer to my home in an industry I’ve been trying to get into for ages, so I have a resignation to hand in…

Usually I’d offer to finish up all my already-rostered shifts as an act of good faith, but in this instance I think I’ll hand in my resignation in line with my employment contact, which is 24 hours notice (Gotta love casual employment laws where I live!).

I think I’ll let my manager know just before the first of the 10+ weekend shifts she’ll be taking on.

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anonymous asked:

If you don't agree with lifting then don't lift. Don't bash on the people that do. What they literally affect no one except themselves.

I managed a retail store over the fall season (I left because I moved states) and since that rant, I even have a stronger opinion on lifting.

We had a sales goal everyday. We had several people lift from our store and due to short staff, crowds, and the fact we cannot search or aggressively confront, sometimes they walked away with 100s of dollars in clothes. If we don’t get that money for our sales goal, we are in trouble. We have to cut hours of several employees because we didn’t get enough money to pay them all. Even I got cut some days. It fucking sucked because I needed the money to help my family and pay for gas. Other people need it for their families and needs.

During the Halloween season (I managed the Halloween section, so this where I did most of my work), we would get a bonus based on sales. During the end of the season, we caught people stealing makeup, jewelry, and wigs. Sometimes they got away. That would cut money off mine and my two Halloween helpers’s bonuses. We worked too hard to have some fucking asshole take our fucking money that we work HARD for.

When you lift, it hurts employees, businesses, families, and disrupts a business. It’s not fun, or cute.