I began my third week at the True Value hardware store today. I walk to work when the weather cooperates. It takes about fifteen minutes. After years of a one hour, one way commute, this is a blessing. As an observer of people, places and things, I enjoy the stimulation behind the short walk to work.
A synopsis of my position would include customer service through assisting people find items, suggestions on use, cashing people out and restocking, restocking, restocking. About 50% of the daily customer base is on account. Schools, the town, businesses, contractors...all purchase on account.
I told the Lady recently, that if I manage to stay for a year, I could run for office. I see everybody. I am a personable conversationalist. A gift I learned to hone during my days of working within the mental health system. You learn a great deal about winning friends and influencing people when you lead a schizophrenia men's group and meet with psychiatrists.
The downside comes when you are still playing the game even when you are not working. Sounds like the criteria for running for office, doesn't it?
It is family owned and operated business with over five stores scattered about. Our store manager is typical. Nice guy, but slightly clueless who benefited because he is family. Lumber is big business and from the yard crew to the inside sales department, they are a pretty good group of guys. In my department, there is one gal and four guys, two part timers and a manger who help keep things going seven days a week. I have to work every other weekend, sat 7-3 & sun 9 -2. Sun is time and a half.
When ever there is food offered in the breakroom, someone signals on the intercom, " Help in aisle five." (there isn't an aisle five - took me a while to catch on) If someone says, "Hi gloss paint in aisle nine," means that there is a girl worth checking out shopping there. "Eggshell", little hottie. There are several others. Who knew???
If anyone is interested, I can update my occupantional progress once in a while....

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Anonymous said…
hahaha! that's so funny! i need to devise a code...
ghostie alix
Rowan said…
i wonder if all stores have a code like that? will have to ask my friend in retail.