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had98c     
Maybe they should have been better at selling things.

/Thought I'd get the thread off to a good start.

30 Dec 2012 03:34 PM
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iheartscotch    [TotalFark]  
Sometimes, not often; but sometimes I wonder if we would be better off burning it all to the ground, collecting the insurance money and start completely over.

/ I'm gonna need a mulligan on this one

30 Dec 2012 03:35 PM
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whatshisname     
No matter how good Christmas sales are, January and February are always really slow.

30 Dec 2012 03:35 PM
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red5ish     
The threat of a new recession is always good for business.

30 Dec 2012 03:36 PM
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LDM90     
Maybe if they'd gone to college and become engineers, they'd be rich and have lots of chicks now.

/amidoinitrite?

30 Dec 2012 03:38 PM
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whatshisname     

LDM90: Maybe if they'd gone to college and become engineers, they'd be rich and have lots of chicks now.

/amidoinitrite?


No. Engineers don't get chicks.

30 Dec 2012 03:39 PM
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MrEricSir     
But hey, Mitt Romney's entire campaign revolved around the nation's economy NOT picking up a few months before Christmas.

30 Dec 2012 03:40 PM
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CTZanderman     
You mean to tell me that my seasonal job isn't going to last for as long as I want it to?

30 Dec 2012 03:40 PM
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jayhawk88    [TotalFark]  
"We may have something permanent for you after the holidays."
"If I'm elected, I'll fight for what matters to the common man."
"It's OK, you don't have to get me anything for my birthday."
"We just want you to do some cross-training with him, don't worry, your job is secure."

30 Dec 2012 03:41 PM
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Zarquon's Flat Tire     
I've been hired on as seasonal and kept quite a few times. Hell last time they kept me, and when the garden center had to close most of the week they transferred me over to the design/install side to keep me on.

I get lucky with bosses that reward good workers.

30 Dec 2012 03:41 PM
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santadog    [TotalFark]  

whatshisname: No matter how good Christmas sales are, January and February are always really slow.


Exactly.  I worked retail for 22 years, and everyone knows inventory is light for January, run you big sales, and slowly start bringing in the new inventory mid Feb/March for Valentines and Spring Break.  Easter kicks off "normal shopping" and so on.

30 Dec 2012 03:41 PM
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Somaticasual     
Then again, if you hope your retail gig is going to turn either permanent or financially successful, maybe a wakeup call is in fact needed.

30 Dec 2012 03:43 PM
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WhoopAssWayne     
Just wait until the Obama Limit kicks in and these workers get no more than 29 hours a week *ever*. More liberal stupidity, more pain for the working people.

30 Dec 2012 03:43 PM
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El Brujo     

whatshisname: LDM90: Maybe if they'd gone to college and become engineers, they'd be rich and have lots of chicks now.

/amidoinitrite?

No. Engineers don't get chicks.


When I think of engineers I think of western style duster coats, leather fedoras and goatees.

30 Dec 2012 03:44 PM
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kendelrio     

El Brujo: whatshisname: LDM90: Maybe if they'd gone to college and become engineers, they'd be rich and have lots of chicks now.

/amidoinitrite?

No. Engineers don't get chicks.

When I think of engineers I think of western style duster coats, leather fedoras and goatees.


That is archeologists.

30 Dec 2012 03:47 PM
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vabeard     
A tale as old as time.

/worked "seasonal" several years at "The Hecht Co" aka "Hecht's" in the DC Metro area.

30 Dec 2012 03:47 PM
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DownDaRiver    [TotalFark]  
i877.photobucket.com

Surely disapointed her gig at the mall kiosk selling cell phone covers and personalized license plate frames didn't lead to her coveted career behind the makeup counter at Macy's

30 Dec 2012 03:49 PM
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gingerjet     

whatshisname: No. Engineers don't get chicks.


We get dicks.

30 Dec 2012 03:52 PM
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El Brujo     

kendelrio: El Brujo: whatshisname: LDM90: Maybe if they'd gone to college and become engineers, they'd be rich and have lots of chicks now.

/amidoinitrite?

No. Engineers don't get chicks.

When I think of engineers I think of western style duster coats, leather fedoras and goatees.

That is archeologists.


IT guys too.

One of the engineers at work has both a black and a white western duster. He also keeps trasformers figures on his desk.

30 Dec 2012 03:54 PM
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RedPhoenix122    [TotalFark]  

El Brujo: kendelrio: El Brujo: whatshisname: LDM90: Maybe if they'd gone to college and become engineers, they'd be rich and have lots of chicks now.

/amidoinitrite?

No. Engineers don't get chicks.

When I think of engineers I think of western style duster coats, leather fedoras and goatees.

That is archeologists.

IT guys too.

One of the engineers at work has both a black and a white western duster. He also keeps trasformers figures on his desk.


I want a duster :-(

30 Dec 2012 04:04 PM
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El Brujo     

RedPhoenix122: El Brujo: kendelrio: El Brujo: whatshisname: LDM90: Maybe if they'd gone to college and become engineers, they'd be rich and have lots of chicks now.

/amidoinitrite?

No. Engineers don't get chicks.

When I think of engineers I think of western style duster coats, leather fedoras and goatees.

That is archeologists.

IT guys too.

One of the engineers at work has both a black and a white western duster. He also keeps trasformers figures on his desk.

I want a duster :-(


Then you should get one. Apparently not everyone thinks they look as silly as I do. But then again I've never played D and D.

/I presume there is a strong correlation between the duster and the fantasy role player.
//not that there is anything wrong with that.

30 Dec 2012 04:11 PM
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ModernLuddite     
Some businesses cut hours in the winter because business slows down. Except they still need the staff. And the managers end up working 16 hour days and eventually get burned out and quit. And the weird thing is they pay managers more than the minimum wage slaves.

I hate Christmas so much.

//"Everyone goes on holiday", except people who work in service, who get no holidays.
///And 70% of Canada works in service.
////So what the hell? Who is this holiday for?

30 Dec 2012 04:13 PM
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Mentalenemasquad     

jayhawk88: "We may have something permanent for you after the holidays."
"If I'm elected, I'll fight for what matters to the common man."
"It's OK, you don't have to get me anything for my birthday."
"We just want you to do some cross-training with him, don't worry, your job is secure."


So true, so true...

30 Dec 2012 04:13 PM
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rev. dave     
People want to make steady money. They want to work, because paying for your own food makes the best tasting food.

I have spent time unemployed and it sucks like grieving for a loved one.

30 Dec 2012 04:14 PM
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Mentalenemasquad     

DownDaRiver: Surely disapointed her gig at the mall kiosk selling cell phone covers and personalized license plate frames didn't lead to her coveted career behind the makeup counter at Macy's


Don't call me Shirley...

30 Dec 2012 04:16 PM
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Deep Contact     
We are not making China happy with slow sales.

30 Dec 2012 04:33 PM
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Allen. The end.     
And to those who say 'well, hyuk hyuk, maybe you shoulda gotta REAL job', stock your own grocery store, hooker.

30 Dec 2012 04:33 PM
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Lurk sober post drunk     

El Brujo: RedPhoenix122: El Brujo: kendelrio: El Brujo: whatshisname: LDM90: Maybe if they'd gone to college and become engineers, they'd be rich and have lots of chicks now.

/amidoinitrite?

No. Engineers don't get chicks.

When I think of engineers I think of western style duster coats, leather fedoras and goatees.

That is archeologists.

IT guys too.

One of the engineers at work has both a black and a white western duster. He also keeps trasformers figures on his desk.

I want a duster :-(

Then you should get one. Apparently not everyone thinks they look as silly as I do. But then again I've never played D and D.

/I presume there is a strong correlation between the duster and the fantasy role player.
//not that there is anything wrong with that.


hell, i'll admit that i want a duster. but...a white duster? seems like it would look like crap pretty quickly. because i'd be using my duster for adventures and shiat. like drinking coffee while driving and smoking a tobacco pipe...while driving. stains aplenty. yep, i think a black duster is right for an adventurer like me.

30 Dec 2012 04:36 PM
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Allen. The end.     

Lurk sober post drunk: El Brujo: RedPhoenix122: El Brujo: kendelrio: El Brujo: whatshisname: LDM90: Maybe if they'd gone to college and become engineers, they'd be rich and have lots of chicks now.

/amidoinitrite?

No. Engineers don't get chicks.

When I think of engineers I think of western style duster coats, leather fedoras and goatees.

That is archeologists.

IT guys too.

One of the engineers at work has both a black and a white western duster. He also keeps trasformers figures on his desk.

I want a duster :-(

Then you should get one. Apparently not everyone thinks they look as silly as I do. But then again I've never played D and D.

/I presume there is a strong correlation between the duster and the fantasy role player.
//not that there is anything wrong with that.

hell, i'll admit that i want a duster. but...a white duster? seems like it would look like crap pretty quickly. because i'd be using my duster for adventures and shiat. like drinking coffee while driving and smoking a tobacco pipe...while driving. stains aplenty. yep, i think a black duster is right for an adventurer like me.


It's spelled 'terbackky'!

30 Dec 2012 04:39 PM
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uncleacid     
Lush is also a word for a person who drinks a lot. That might not help sales.

30 Dec 2012 04:40 PM
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TheOtherGuy     
Maybe sales wouldn't be so slow if everything wasn't so disgustingly overpriced. $27 for a hardcover? $65 for a video game? Up yours, assholes. You wanted higher prices, well you got 'em. Now don't be disappointed when gift lists shrink and everyone left on them only gets one item instead of multiple. The amount of money to be spent hasn't changed, so why should your sales at the new, higher prices go up? I guess you and your shareholders will just have to rent out your beach house this year instead of letting the kids use it. Awwww.

30 Dec 2012 04:41 PM
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El Brujo     

Lurk sober post drunk: El Brujo: RedPhoenix122: El Brujo: kendelrio: El Brujo: whatshisname: LDM90: Maybe if they'd gone to college and become engineers, they'd be rich and have lots of chicks now.

/amidoinitrite?

No. Engineers don't get chicks.

When I think of engineers I think of western style duster coats, leather fedoras and goatees.

That is archeologists.

IT guys too.

One of the engineers at work has both a black and a white western duster. He also keeps trasformers figures on his desk.

I want a duster :-(

Then you should get one. Apparently not everyone thinks they look as silly as I do. But then again I've never played D and D.

/I presume there is a strong correlation between the duster and the fantasy role player.
//not that there is anything wrong with that.

hell, i'll admit that i want a duster. but...a white duster? seems like it would look like crap pretty quickly. because i'd be using my duster for adventures and shiat. like drinking coffee while driving and smoking a tobacco pipe...while driving. stains aplenty. yep, i think a black duster is right for an adventurer like me.


Guessing the white duster is not an every-day-duster. More of a special occasions duster, like for an Equinox.

30 Dec 2012 04:41 PM
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Lurk sober post drunk     

Allen. The end.: Lurk sober post drunk: El Brujo: RedPhoenix122: El Brujo: kendelrio: El Brujo: whatshisname: LDM90: Maybe if they'd gone to college and become engineers, they'd be rich and have lots of chicks now.

/amidoinitrite?

No. Engineers don't get chicks.

When I think of engineers I think of western style duster coats, leather fedoras and goatees.

That is archeologists.

IT guys too.

One of the engineers at work has both a black and a white western duster. He also keeps trasformers figures on his desk.

I want a duster :-(

Then you should get one. Apparently not everyone thinks they look as silly as I do. But then again I've never played D and D.

/I presume there is a strong correlation between the duster and the fantasy role player.
//not that there is anything wrong with that.

hell, i'll admit that i want a duster. but...a white duster? seems like it would look like crap pretty quickly. because i'd be using my duster for adventures and shiat. like drinking coffee while driving and smoking a tobacco pipe...while driving. stains aplenty. yep, i think a black duster is right for an adventurer like me.

It's spelled 'terbackky'!


you jest shut up *spit* *DING*

30 Dec 2012 04:42 PM
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Tumunga     
Make fun of the seasonal workers all you want, Farklibtards. Just remember, this is the economy you wanted, and voted for. A nation of seasonal baristas.

30 Dec 2012 04:42 PM
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BlaqueKatt     

El Brujo:

IT guys too.

One of the engineers at work has both a black and a white western duster. He also keeps trasformers figures on his desk.


Is he single?

/Has a decepticon logo tattoo.....
//I don't transform though
///unless you count Lab coat wearing scientist>moderately cute drunk.....

30 Dec 2012 04:43 PM
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El Brujo     

BlaqueKatt: El Brujo:

IT guys too.

One of the engineers at work has both a black and a white western duster. He also keeps trasformers figures on his desk.

Is he single?

/Has a decepticon logo tattoo.....
//I don't transform though
///unless you count Lab coat wearing scientist>moderately cute drunk.....


Guessing from the chubby lady in the picture frame on his desk...no.

30 Dec 2012 04:44 PM
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sweet-daddy-2     
In 2005,after a 15 year stint,I quit retail for good.Two weeks later,sitting in the kitchen,one the kids said something funny and I laughed.My wife started crying and told me that was the first time in 10 years I had laughed or even smiled.Never ever will I go back.

30 Dec 2012 04:45 PM
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bbfreak     

Allen. The end.: And to those who say 'well, hyuk hyuk, maybe you shoulda gotta REAL job', stock your own grocery store, hooker.


Exactly, you may look down on people in service jobs but those jobs are necessary for society as we know it to function. Not to mention they are important to the economy as we know it since we are mostly a consumer economy. Low paid jobs are here to stay, and they're growing.

30 Dec 2012 04:50 PM
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Ikam     
One of the more obnoxious things about retail now is the introduction of the on-call shift. I know some temporary workers this season who have to call in an hour before their shift starts to see if they even have a shift that day. It really sucks if that person has arranged babysitting etc. only to find out the shift has been canceled. This affects a whole lot more people than just the worker who is getting screwed out of shifts.

30 Dec 2012 04:53 PM
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EdNortonsTwin     
And here I thought Mrs. Ednortonstwin's holiday spending was keeping everything afloat.

30 Dec 2012 04:54 PM
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BlaqueKatt     

El Brujo:

Guessing from the chubby lady in the picture frame on his desk...no.


damn....

30 Dec 2012 04:58 PM
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ajgeek    [TotalFark]  

sweet-daddy-2: In 2005,after a 15 year stint,I quit retail for good.Two weeks later,sitting in the kitchen,one the kids said something funny and I laughed.My wife started crying and told me that was the first time in 10 years I had laughed or even smiled.Never ever will I go back.


That shiat sucks the soul out of you. America is too corporate. They don't care about your family, only theirs. And that family is stockholders. There I said it. I'm a communist fascist Libtard.

30 Dec 2012 05:03 PM
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aevorea     

El Brujo: IT guys too.

One of the engineers at work has both a black and a white western duster. He also keeps trasformers figures on his desk.


Had to look at your profile to see where you lived because my old roommate is an IT guy with multiple dusters and a collector of Transformers.

30 Dec 2012 05:09 PM
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BarkingUnicorn    [TotalFark]  

Zarquon's Flat Tire: I've been hired on as seasonal and kept quite a few times. Hell last time they kept me, and when the garden center had to close most of the week they transferred me over to the design/install side to keep me on.

I get lucky with bosses that reward good workers.


Wouldn't you rather have the money than fark a boss?

30 Dec 2012 05:09 PM
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El Brujo     

aevorea: El Brujo: IT guys too.

One of the engineers at work has both a black and a white western duster. He also keeps trasformers figures on his desk.

Had to look at your profile to see where you lived because my old roommate is an IT guy with multiple dusters and a collector of Transformers.


Seattle. Lots of IT dorks here.

/which is a good thing.

30 Dec 2012 05:12 PM
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mark12A     
"Fire one million"
images2.wikia.nocookie.net

30 Dec 2012 05:15 PM
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p51d007     
Bad life choices much??
No degree or little skills?

Onieka O'Kieffe, 23, was hired by Lush Cosmetics in midtown Manhattan for the holiday season. Lush told her she'd be working 20 to 30 hours per week, she says, but instead, she's getting only 10 hours a week at most. That's bad news for someone who has a few thousand dollars of credit card debt.

30 Dec 2012 05:15 PM
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mark12A     
Hey!

I'm an engineer and I wear a nice natural white canvas Duster to the office. Along with cowboy boots and a nice Stetson. My horse would try SO hard to snuffle on it, just to slime it up and stain it, but I did a good job (mostly) keeping his snotty nose off it.

/Cowboy Engineer
//doesn't play role playing games
///does wear totally biatchin' leather cowboy cuffs, just to freak people out
\\\hurts less that tats or piercings

30 Dec 2012 05:21 PM
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computerguyUT     
Who knew that pinning your entire financial success on three months of the year was a shiatty economic model..?

The Feral Guvmint could actually learn something from these guys. Their financial model is "stick head up arse", "raise taxes".

30 Dec 2012 05:27 PM
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KhamanV     

Ikam: One of the more obnoxious things about retail now is the introduction of the on-call shift. I know some temporary workers this season who have to call in an hour before their shift starts to see if they even have a shift that day. It really sucks if that person has arranged babysitting etc. only to find out the shift has been canceled. This affects a whole lot more people than just the worker who is getting screwed out of shifts.


They were doing that ten years ago at Waldenbooks/Borders. It was horseshiat; it's retail not open heart surgery.

30 Dec 2012 05:37 PM
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