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Old Dec 12, 2012, 04:47 AM
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It would seem that the days of going into a store and finding a knowledgeable person to help you are gone...
They went a long time ago. I remember way back when I still had a proper job (so it must have been a long time ago), standing behind a guy at the counter of a well known UK electronics chain store, and hearing some of the conversation. It seems he was hoping to do something technical at the insides of a radio and needed a mica capacitor. He was confidently informed that mica had gone out of business.
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 09:34 AM
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well,sometimes the nuts roll INTO the store through the door.......
I was working electrical dept. at Lowes and every year I would get one person
that put up their Xmas lights "backwards" and then wanted an "adaptor "
with prongs sticking OUT of a elec. socket so they could put the extension
end of the light string into it to power the little lights......
BOTH sides of those conversations got really interesting,I must say.
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 10:51 AM
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well,sometimes the nuts roll INTO the store through the door.......
I was working electrical dept. at Lowes and every year I would get one person
that put up their Xmas lights "backwards" and then wanted an "adaptor "
with prongs sticking OUT of a elec. socket so they could put the extension
end of the light string into it to power the little lights......
BOTH sides of those conversations got really interesting,I must say.
Hee hee---, gotta say, there are some doozys out there---.

Just picturing it in my mind makes me laugh---.
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 11:04 AM
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. He was confidently informed that mica had gone out of business.
The salesperson could have caused an asthma attack in the patron, had he asked for an air capacitor. (........ air had gone out of business)
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 06:31 PM
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well,sometimes the nuts roll INTO the store through the door.......
I was working electrical dept. at Lowes and every year I would get one person
that put up their Xmas lights "backwards" and then wanted an "adaptor "
with prongs sticking OUT of a elec. socket so they could put the extension
end of the light string into it to power the little lights......
BOTH sides of those conversations got really interesting,I must say.
I am sorry and please forgive me but, I would have sold him some flat copper bar stock and personally delivered it just to see what happened nextů
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 06:55 PM
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LOL ! Evil Laugh. Hahahaha!
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 06:57 PM
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Do you really think that somebody working at Sprawlmart would be a MERSA candidate---?
Nope, not any more.
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 07:31 PM
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MERSA? Isn't that a killer virus disease? Maybe MENSA?
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 08:11 PM
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MERSA? Isn't that a killer virus disease? Maybe MENSA?
Nah, when I was in the USAF I am pretty sure the gave me a shot for it.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 03:54 AM
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It would seem that the days of going into a store and finding a knowledgeable person to help you are gone...
Knowledge & experience cost $... which places either cant afford or dont want to pay for.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 07:13 AM
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Don't want to pay for would be it, and that includes Walmart and Walgreen's, both of which treat their employees badly---.

I no longer shop at either place.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 01:57 PM
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Woking retial is not the greatest as I did it for 17 years with the "Blue lite" killers. Company always wanted every one to give their all and be knowledgeable, but didn't want to pay for that knowledge so employees after a while just don't care. Now it wasn't all bad as I was there and worked way up the ladder in that time. But, I also saw the moronic views of a corperate that gets mad at the stores for not having a "better" quality of employee. We felt outr store was the training center for all other b usinesses in the area as the people would get hired, learn the basic functionality at minimum wage, then head over to tthe competition or mall and get paid higher wages as they now had "experience" after 2 weeks. So have a little mercy on those folks as there are some ( not a lot though) that are more intelligent than you might suspect--especially in todays economy.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 07:53 PM
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You are right Keith; I have had more then one lawyer bring me the beer I ordered.
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 07:31 AM
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Yes Keith, I have heard some recent grads ask me "do you want fries with that---?"
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 11:43 AM
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