Black Friday: Predator vs. Prey…

You’ll probably need to click on the comic and zoom in for full view- this comic is pretty big…

Wow, it’s been a bit since I updated this blog…I’ve been really busy with the new job…it’s going rather well 🙂

I had a request made specially by the staff of NAR…Can’t turn them down, they’re how most of my work gets viewed LOL 😛

A comic to celebrate the horror that is known as Black Friday, which is only a few days away. This story actually happened to me at my old job. I threw in a small tribute to my friend who passed away this year. Jesse, we miss you buddy. At least you’ll never have to work another black Friday…


Comic 11- Throwing things = Thrown out!

I FINALLY got my computer back! And since I’ve been itching to get this comic finished, I did so tonight 😀 Here you go!

The inspiration for this one came from a question asked by the NAR staff on their facebook page about things people have had thrown at them. Obviously, being in the phone industry, I’ve had a number of phones tossed in my general direction. This particular incident happened not long after I started working for the company I’m at currently. I had long hair then, thus, the long hair 😛 It amazes me how little patience some people have. Its as if they’ve never lived without a freaking phone before. This guy literally could have waited 3 days and spent $10 to get a new $460 phone…freaking idiot…

Well, it looks like I have a request to work on as well. I’ll get on that soon. In the meantime, anyone else like a comic? If so, leave me a comment or like my Facebook page and tell me your story 🙂

Finding my replacement…

Ok, again, no comic. My computer is still being used elsewhere and for other things, therefore, no tablet, and therefore, no comic :/

Today I’m going to talk about something a little different. I’m actually moving out of state in about 3 weeks, and I can’t transfer my job because my company does not exist where I’m moving to. So, I’ve already turned in my notice and the position is up online for people to apply to. On top of all of the idiocy we see on a daily basis with customers, we’re apparently getting a LOT of applicants who are…well…not even CLOSE to what they need to be to fill my position.

For starters, the requirements for the job are posted on the page of the listing. According to my boss who is going over the applications, 85-90% of the people who have applied (there have been just over 100 applicants already) DON’T EVEN REMOTELY QUALIFY for the position, and the qualifications aren’t that stringent. Why bother applying for a job that you KNOW you don’t have the qualifications for? Or did you just not read the application and went and filled it out anyways?

Number two. I agree that putting your name out there by going in and asking to speak with the manager is a good idea. But really, if you want the manager to really consider looking at your application, don’t come in:

  • Smelling of pot
  • Smelling of B.O.
  • Looking like you’re just gotten out of bed
  • Looking like you don’t know how to use an iron
  • Incapable of speaking proper English*
  • With an attitude
  • Acting cocky
  • Treating the employees already there like dirt
  • Not knowing ANYTHING about the company

*Ok, quick explanation on this one: No, I don’t mean a foreigner with an accent. I happen to work with two Cubans, an Argentinian, and a Peruvian who all have thick accents. But they still speak English well enough that you can understand them. I’m referring to those who don’t speak enough English to have a normal conversation, and those that CAN speak English but choose to speak in Ebonics.

I could seriously go on, but that’s just to name a few. These are the types of people I’ve seen coming in and asking about the open position. I can tell by the look on my boss’s face that he’s NOT happy with what he’s getting.

Before I have someone go “OMG that’s so harsh the economy’s so bad right now how can you be so mean to everybody they just wanna work blah blah blah…” Whoa. Hold your horses. I’m well aware that the economy completely sucks right now. I see it every day by the extreme lack of business we’ve been getting lately. I’m honestly amazed that they didn’t just completely eliminate my position. I’m also aware that the recent unemployment ratings they are announcing on TV (8.1%) are complete and utter BULLSHIT because more people dropped out of the workforce than the number of jobs created by over 300%. They created 96,000 jobs but over nearly 380,000 just gave up looking for one. If you included all of the people listed under “discouraged workers,”  the actual rate is closer 9.6%. And then there are those who are under employed (like my finace, which is the whole reason we’re moving is because he is doing odd jobs to get by), and if you ad them in, it’s closer to 14.7%.

In case you’re wondering where I got this information, here you go: That’s from the official government unemployment website. I’m not trying to start a political debate here.  I just really wish the government and media would stop feeding us lies and admit that the United States is screwed as a country and no matter what happens, our current issues will take decades to fix, if they’re fixed at all. Before anyone asks, I’m an independent voter, so yes, I look at both sides. I’ve found that one’s a smelly douche nozzle and the other a flaming bag of dog shit.

My whole point is this- if you’re really serious about trying to find a job, try to apply for something you can actually do, or at least look and act the part! I’m not worried about finding a job when I move because I know I can find another one without issue. It might take me a little while, but I’ll get one, because I know what to do to get noticed, I know how to sell myself even though I’m not a great salesperson, and I’m confident enough in my abilities to do whatever job I’m applying for. No boss wants to deal with a deadbeat employee. And neither does anyone who’s going to be working with you.

Which doing this also reminds me- Where I’m going to be when I move, I’ll have internet, so I’ll still try to update as often as I can, but chances are I WILL be busy trying to find another job. Wish me luck 😛

What do you mean I can’t return a fake?!

Yes, the new comic is delayed yet again. My fiance has stolen my computer for work purposes since his took a shit dive on the concrete, so I haven’t really had time to finish the comic I’m working on. HOPEFULLY sometime this week it’ll be up…anyways…

The severe stupidity of people just absolutely astounds me. So this past Thursday, there was a family with a cute little girl who was in the store looking at phones. The little girl was behaving very well and was looking intensely at the phones. My area manager decided to give her a dummy phone out of the back that we were no longer using (he’s nice like that). She gets the phone and is playing with it, all is well. The family decided they don’t want anything that day and leaves. The little girl takes the phone with her. No big deal.

So, today, the father comes back into the store. I’m standing there with the supervisor who’s running the store, and he goes up to one of my coworkers. When we ask what we can help him with, he holds out a phones and says “This piece of shit you sold me ain’t workin’ and I want another one or my money back!” My coworker takes the phone in his hand, and politely says, “um, sir? there’s no way I can do either of those.” The customer says and why the hell not?” My coworker, barely keeping a straight face, looks at him and says “because the phone’s not an actual phone.”The customer stands there for a minute and starts to try to argue with him when my coworker says, “No, really, it’s plastic. Plus, it’s a model we haven’t sold in nearly a year.” The customer starts yelling about seeing a manager when the floor supervisor (an Argentinian girl who’s only 4’11”) goes over, takes the phone, hands it back to him and says, “You know, not only are you a complete idiot, you just tried to steal from our company. If you don’t want to leave in handcuffs, you’ll get the fuck out of my store. Right. Now.” The guy turned pale and ran out the door.

I’ve seen instances before where people have ripped fake display models and try to return them. The saddest part? They usually don’t even notice they aren’t real, and this being a perfect example. That, or he was hoping we were too stupid not to notice. It’s like when people get their phones wet, water is caught under the screen and pouring out of the back of the phone, yet they have “no idea what happened” and “there’s no way they got it wet”…I mean, how the heck can you not tell the difference between a solid piece of plastic with a piece of paper in it and a functioning phone? Typically, when they realize it’s not real, they either come back in and try to make it look like they never took it or they just throw it out in the parking lot. Part number two that amazes me is why the hell people would think that we would have live phones sitting on display being held in by just a string? We actually DO have live phone displays, and they’re covered in cords and alarms. It’s pretty freaking obvious.

So what are some ridiculously stupid things have you seen customers attempt to return?

Don’t forget, I take requests 🙂 Be sure to submit a request if you have one in the comments section below, or via my Facebook page! Requests are free, after all 😀


Unnecessary violence…

New comic at the end of the week! Sorry for the delay, I’ve had to work the last several days and I have a few more to go before I have another day off (we’re talking 9 days total…meh, not that bad, just not good for hobbies)

Anyways, speaking of work…We had a customer in today that I had helped yesterday. It was an older lady, probably in her late 50’s early 60’s. She ported (I.E. transferred in phone speak) her phone number from her current carrier to our service. Now, when porting a number between carriers, you can only have one phone active at a time with any number on one service. It’s literally not possible to have two phones with the same number, even though you can technically have two numbers on one phone. We have to explain to customers before we complete the port that as soon as their phone number transfers, their other service is going to shut off, and that the number they want to transfer must be active. After telling this woman THREE times do NOT cancel your service, she finally stops trying to call her current provider to cut her number off…I then went through the shpeal about how her other service will cut out. Well, apparently she was completely NOT paying attention and just assumed that both of her phones were going to stay on with the same number…

She walks into the store today as I’m outside cleaning some gunk from a display off of the windows. As I’m spreading goo gone around on the windows and scraping the gunk trying to get them clean, I can see one of my fellow sales associates, then my floor manager, debating with this woman over something. All of as sudden I can see (though I still can’t hear anything) the woman flapping her arms as though she’s screaming. My assistant manager comes out at this point, trying to calm her down. Suddenly she storms out of the store and beings screaming at me. Before I can even begin to comprehend what it is she’s screaming at me the assistant manager comes out and grabs me by the arm saying “Backroom. NOW!!!” As he’s leading me through the doorway, the woman tried to jump me. She misses, and my manager quickly shoves me to the back and tells me he’ll tell me when it’s ok to come out.

I am, of course, utterly confused at this point as I have absolutely NO idea what’s going on, why there was so much screaming, or why the woman tried to attack me. I do as I’m told and sit back there until I here the ok to come out. The floor manager then explains to me what happened. Apparently, she had assumed that because we had a 7 day trial period on our service that that meant her old phone would stay on for those seven days. Despite the fact that she was trying so hard to cancel her service the day before, she was upset that she got cut off when we took the number from her other carrier. Even though she hadn’t had our service 24 hours, she was demanding 4 months of bill credits. That’s right, 4 months…for her other phone shutting off of a service she despised and was going to cancel anyways. When management told her no is when she started freaking out. At that point she started saying I was a lying bitch and apparently what she was yelling at me was “YOU TOLD ME NOT TO SHUT OFF MY SERVICE DIDN’T YOU?!?!” Which yes, I did…so we could get your phone number from the other company…the reason she apparently didn’t get it the first time? Oh yeah, she was too busy doing other things and yelling at her ex to take in anything I was actually telling her…this is my fault…how? And how the hell does that justify trying to physically attack me at my job, where I can’t defend myself without risking my job? When I came back out, other customers were asking me if I was alright. I guess it looked like she’s hit me.

After my Assistant manager nearly literally threw her out, she left, demanding the information for the area manager so she could report all of us for our horrible service. We gave it to her, and lo and behold, she was back later that day when the area manager was there. All of the sudden she was the sweetest, most innocent, “horrendously betrayed and humiliated by our company” one day customer ever…Seriously? Earlier you were trying to maul me, and now you’re playing the miss-mistreated-and-unjustly-given-poor-service card? BULL. SHIT. The manager just let her return everything so we wouldn’t have to deal with her again…

I’m honestly not sure why we didn’t call the cops, because we probably should have. In all the years I’ve worked retail, I’ve had people throw things, knock stuff over, threaten, finger point, bang counters, break doors and glass in angry rages, but this was honestly the first time anyone has targeted me personally and try to do me bodily harm. What the hell is WRONG with people? I’m never going to understand how some people’s minds operate… You’d think there was a switch or something, because the speed that some people change moods is seemingly impossible…

I give credit to my assistant manager coming out to help me and get me out of harms way before something bad happened. It had to have taken a lot to not punch the bitch in her ovaries…and my area manager for telling her the service clearly wasn’t for her (I.E. we don’t want your ass as a customer if you’re going to be pulling this crap, bitch)…I can only imagine what would have happened if I had not been working when she tried to attack me. Just a future note for anyone dumb enough to pick fights over stupid bullshit- you never know who might be hiding a weapon in their packet/purse/glove box. I have a conceal permit. Yes, I DO carry when I’m not at work in any place that’s not a government building or serves alcohol, and I have the right to defend myself. Don’t do anything stupid and risk the consequences.