From the bathroom came sounds of the guy brushing his teeth. Stiles rubbed the fifty dollar bill between his fingers and felt cheap. “Dude, I’m not taking your money.”
The guy spat and turned the faucet on. “Take the money. You said you lived in Queens last night? Who the hell lives in Queens.”
The fifty seemed gritty in his fingers, but he put it in the back pocket of his ridiculously tight jeans, anyway. That was, like, a five-hour shift at the coffee shop where he worked, Common Grounds, with tips. “And don’t call me ‘dude,’” the guy continued, turning off the faucet. “I’m not your college bro. It’s Derek.”
Derek was an Alpha with a pack and a multi-billion dollar company to take care of. Stiles was a college kid with assignments and student debt to worry about. Neither of them were looking a serious relationship. A one night stand turned into an easy no-strings-attached arrangement. Although nothing is ever as easy or as simple as it first seems.
“Stiles, I’ll clear up your confusion about the position. Derek here needs someone to live with him. He’s a difficult person to live with, so I won’t sugarcoat that. But his responsibilities at the company right now make it impossible for him to actually take care of himself and his home. That would be your job,” Laura explained.
Stiles is used to selling himself to make ends meet. But it’s getting harder to keep those ends meeting, and there’s only so much of Stiles to go around. Until a too-fancy car shows up in his neighborhood, and he meets Derek Hale.
All Derek wants is Stiles’s time, someone to stay on his arm for events and smile for the cameras. It’s the easiest job Stiles has ever had, the best-paying one he’s ever had, and he’s more than happy to sign up.
Derek is everything and nothing Stiles expects him to be, with his tailored suits, sharp mind and his quiet way of caring. But it’s just a job and Stiles never meant to fall in love.
TalesFromRetail: "Can you bump a few quid off the price?" or "You wanna stick your discount on that for me?"
Little backstory for those who don’t know, I have been working in retail for almost 8 months now in an electronics and gaming shop in the UK. We sell consoles games, merch, accessories and phones. We do trade ins with our customers and then sell pre-owned phones, consoles and games.
P.S. This turned into a mini rant, sorry guys. I guess it’s been building up.
This isn’t something that usually bugs me but the amount of customers who come in and ask me if we can ‘change the price’ is unreal. I’ve had numerous people asking me to make a pre-owned game cheaper for them or to “use my discount”.
Just last week we had a family in to sell us a bunch of 360 games, most of which we couldn’t take anyway because they were too badly damaged. They get their money for the ones we can take and they have a look at the PS4 games. Cool. My manager asks me to start tidying up as we’re 10 minutes away from closing so I’m taking empty boxes and putting them back on their shelves, this obviously takes me to the PS4 section.
Cue the father of the family holding up a game and asking me if I can “bump £4 off the price” to which I put on my best retail smile and said that unfortunately, the price on the box was the price. He didn’t seem happy but he said no more to me.
He wasn’t happy and the family bought a cheaper game not long after. I walk back to the PS4 section and it’s A FREAKING MESS. All the games they took out have not been put back and they were just sitting on top of all the shelves. Not even one pile, multiple piles over multiple shelves.
Like come on, we are not a fucking pawn store. We are a company. The price on the box is there because we were told that’s what the price is. I can’t control that without having a price changes list in front of me and again, that’s from the company! I’m not bumping a few quid off for you so I can lose my job.
The risk for me is not worth the £4 extra in your pocket bud.
I'm still wondering why Liam is selling the whole Bear-thing so much more than he was ever selling Chiam before. Is it because it's promo time now? Because he'll "need this" for the narrative at a later stage? I mean, he's good at selling it, so if he wanted to, he could've looked less dead in the eyes whenever he was out with Cheryl. But he didn't, so.. Well. And thank you for mentioning the still unfilled banners. You'd think the birth of his child would qualify for that, and yet..
I think that on the on hand, Liam was set up with Cheryl by his team mainly as a means of a rebrand and a to pave the way for Cheryl’s come back : She intends to roll out new music and needs the buzz surrounding her relationship with Liam to sell in the US where she is practically unknown.
On the other, while playing along, Liam’s doesn’t want to damage his own reputation long term, that’s why he sells the baby story more willingly as it can be changed and edited when need be. And above all, it is easier for Liam to gush over the baby as long as it remains invisible.
Besides, I think that Liam is a focused, ambitious, hardworking and perseverant guy. He sets goals and goes for them wholeheartedly. He also knows that he doesn’t have much of a choice but to execute the scenarios hatched by his bosses, be it the OT or NT.
I also just reblogged again a post (PR CASE about Craig David) that explains how a PR team can change the public image of an artist, which is exactly what Cheryl’s team aims for.
I took a phone call today (technically yesterday) at work.
I work at a local store that sells used games and consoles (among many other things, not just video games). We (and be we I mean a select few employees who know their stuff, repair some consoles, namely the ones that rely on pins. (NES, SNES, N64, Genesis, etc)…
So I get this phone call. She’s saying that the [POPULAR GAME CHAIN] that’s down the road says we repair PS3s. (NOT TRUE! Maybe the VG manager can fix simple things, but we DO NOT do repairs for stuff like that usually, or normally at all)
So I proceed to tell her this (politely, because this happens more often than i wish would- I think the people at the chain are just pushing them off onto us, idk), and as I tell her that no, we don’t repair PS3s, usually just older ones… but maybe…-
-and then i get cut off with a “listen, lady…” And granted she wasn’t a total bitch about the next thing she said. Or the next time. Or the next time. BUT ANYTIME I REPLIED TO HER, I GOT MET WITH, “Listen, Lady…”
And as nice as she was (and maybe she was stressed because apparently her PS3 just decided to stop working that day or something?), Do NOT, keep saying “Listen, Lady…”
Because I almost hung up on her like 6 times. Like, Idk, I find that so f***ing rude. “Listen, Lady..”? Then you follow it up with “nice”?
Granted I’m kind of a push over and I’ve only gone off on a customer ONCE EVER, so it takes A LOT. But this wasn’t even a lot and I was about to be like “Fuck you and your PS3, it probably got sick of you and killed itself, let it rest in peace, lady. ::click::”
Edit: I want to add to this that this wasn’t a normal 1-or-2 question phone call. She kept “Listen, lady… I love you guys and you used to do this and do you still do… (insert like 1 of 10 different questions)?”
I’ve seen a lot of stuff floating around saying that Harry is stuck up and arrogant for not doing more promo for his new single. I actually think it’s great that he’s taking charge of his own image. He was seen as harry styles the heartthrob, or the womanizer, or just another boybander for so long. He’s been someone else’s commodity since he was 16. Now, he wants to simply be known as Harry Styles the musician. He wants the music to speak for itself. I think that’s a beautiful and commendable thing.
... Somehow, Still Talking About This Captain America Shit (Now With Bonus Spider-Man and Agents of SHIELD)
So now Secret Empire has revealed its Shyamalan Twist and given the readers a Good Guy Steve Rogers as well as Hydra Cap, and the kinds of dickbags who, when this whole bullshit began were dismissing people’s complaints with “oh come on, don’t you know how comics works, it’s all going to be put back at the end, blah blah blah…” are crowing I-Told-You-So’s.
not sorry to sound like a xingmi But… thinking about the things yixing has done and accomplished in the last year alone in his solo career makes my heart full to capacity & everyday i’m so full of pride and respect for the effort n dedication he puts in to following his dreams and making art!!!!