Things That Annoy Me, But Shouldn't

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  1. Catrin Lewis

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    Being at my night job at the big DIY store, straightening out things on the shelves in the department, or maybe I'm actually behind the Paint desk doing tasks there, and having customers come up to me and say, "Do you work in this department?"

    Bloody heck, don't you see me doing just that? Would I be hanging out here if I didn't?
     
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  2. Iain Aschendale

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    Maybe they're just surprised to see an actual staff member on the job and wonder if you're doing some odd sort of cosplay.

    My recent experiences at big DIY stores have not been terribly positive; if yours works to a higher standard you have my compliments.
     
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    Actually, this should annoy me....

    We've just come out of a terrible drought, where many wetlands became dirt and rivers turned toxic, igniting apocalyptic fires that killed billions of animals and damaged the environment so much it will take generations to heal, and the fucking headline today in the paper is: Miserable Months: Grim outlook for Aussie autumn as rain returns.

    Bitching about rain? Complaining about our dams filling, grass returning, revival of wetlands and allowing our native animals some respite from the dry and heat, allowing the bush to recover, because we can't go to the the fucking beach as often? Fuck me we have weird priorities. We should be overjoyed!
     
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    I got asked the same question not too long ago at a similar store. Not sure why. I mean, I was out shopping and had a basket in my hand. No uniform or any other behavior that would indicate I was affiliated in any way.
     
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    When I ask an employee for help in a big DIY store who is obviously working in a particular department and they say "Oh, sorry, I don't really work in this department." :D :supertongue:
     
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    You just looked so managerial they probably couldn't help themselves.
     
  7. Homer Potvin

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    Haha. Not on my days off. I dress like a homeless person.
     
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    Link the Writer Flipping Out For A Good Story. Contributor

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    When my brain's all, "Huh, you've been in a relaxed, calm state of mind for the whole day. Let's fix that shall we?" and injects me with a nice dose of uneasiness.
     
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    Thermos don’t make a small flask with their trademark inner lid that you half unscrew to allow the contents to pour. Small thermal flasks are easy enough to get, but not made by Thermos and they have them stupid inner lids where you press a button to allow pouring... and as a consequence they’re never leak proof like Thermos are.
     
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    When the big box home center -- or the local stupid market -- arbitrarily moves a product that has been on an eye-level shelf for years to the very top shelf (Big Blue, meaning it's now out of reach unless an employee can drag one of those rolling stairs around to it) or the very bottom shelf (stupid market) and doesn't even tell the staff they've rearranged the shelves.
     
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    I've always pondered the utility of placing retail items in a place consumers can't reach. It's like they want to sell it, but don't want to sell it. I understand that floor space and real estate are limited, but that's why God created inventory control systems. Don't stock it if you can't move it. And if you can move it, don't stock where people can't reach it. Not rocket science.
     
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    The character limitation on platforms like Twitter or Tik Tok. I almost always have so much more to say than I'm allowed to, and if I shorten it I never send it, because it isn't what I wanted to say anymore. I know there may be some good reason for it, but still ...:( (and that is what this thread is about, isn't it ;)?).
     
  13. Catrin Lewis

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    Tell me about it. As an employee of Big Blue, I think the peabrains at HQ who make up the planograms hate us. In my department, we've had to permanently borrow a folding stepladder to reach regularly-used paint bases. Not top stock, just product customers want all the time. If the powers that be were to take away that stepladder, I couldn't do my job.

    HQ recently rolled out a massive nationwide reordering of the stores, and none of us can figure out what good it was supposed to do. I mean, why would you put the heating and cooling parts right next to Home Decor, and put the Home Decor associates in charge of it?

    And you're right about not telling the staff. We have daily and weekly online training we're supposed to do and it's never on the new arrangement or the reasoning behind it. We're expected to figure it out by osmosis.
     
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    That usually happens when we're putting away returns. In my store they consolidate merch for Paint, Home Decor, and Flooring in a single cart. As a Paint CSA who used to work in Home Decor, I can help you fine there. But "obviously working" may be just me pushing Flooring's returns to them or being nice and putting a returned Flooring item away. I used to be a lot more useful over there, but they keep changing out brands and revamping the computer programs, thus the deer in the headlights look. I'll try to help you out, but it might be just us reading labels together.

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    The other common situation is when a customer approaches a CSA like me in, say, the Paint department and says, "I can't find anybody in Hardware! Can you help me?" If I'm free I go with him and hopefully I can find what he needs. Then another customer comes up and says, "I can't find this hardware thing! Please help me!" And this time it's something I can't help her with, and my own department's been left unattended and I have to get back. That's when that customer might hear me say, "I'm sorry, I really don't work over here." But I hope she'll also hear me say, "Let's see if I can find somebody who can help you out."
     
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    Coats for dogs. I mean why???
     
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    This was my puppy's first winter. He shivered his lil tail off so i got him a sweater and a coat. My 4 year old dog is built like a mac truck and she loves the cold, hates sweaters and warmth in general lol (she'll wear them... If i hold up a shirt, she'll stick her head in the neck hole and hold her par up for me to put it through the sleeve... But she's the kind of dog that would over heat in a sweater/coat)
     
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    I suppose centuries of domestication has a lot to do with it, but whenever I see a dog in a coat I want to scream at the owner, “It’s already got a fucking coat on!” What you’ve got there is a dog in two coats.
     
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  18. Earp

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    I'd give a lot for a universal remote that would let me mute the televisions in doctors' offices, tire stores, and sports bars.
     
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    Running out of white paint. Yeah...that annoys me.
     
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    Why do people have this bizarre assumption that just because some animals have a bit of fur they are immediately immune to all weather? That's like assuming a tee shirt will do in a winter storm. Animals get cold too.
     
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    So how did they manage in the wild, before Hunans decided dogs existed purely for their own pleasure, to be owned and dominated? A quick trip to the local outdoor shop for a North Face Jacket?
     
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  22. Catrin Lewis

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    Not too well, to judge by the forlorn, skinny, disease-ridden, bedraggled terrier mix I and some friends rescued out of a local wilderness area a few years ago. I never put her in a coat, but she had to wear booties to keep the snow from freezing into her paws.

    How do you think dogs got domesticated? They said, "To heck with this crap, the humans have food and fire. I'm heading over there."
     
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    Dogs didn't exist in the wild before humans domesticated them. They were called wolves, and they were a heck of a lot better adapted to living rough than a pack of Pomeranians led by a Chihuahua trying unsuccessfully to drag down a squirrel.

    Edit: On thermal mass alone the wolf has an edge:

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    And I suppose they also asked to have their legs broken and faces smashed, in order to create these dogs that people now like to call ‘pedigrees’ and sell for thousands of pounds?
     
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    Awww cute dogs. That tall dog looks so fluffy.
     

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