Post by Tyrone Jenkins on Oct 31, 2014 15:36:21 GMT -8
A day at work with Josh and the World Traveler along with some venting since we don't have health care or any other benefits so I can't tell to to a shrink so now you guys have to hear it
So one of the 1/2's decided that he can make his own schedule and not tell anyone. My boss asks him on Tuesday if he was coming in to work on Friday since he put on the customer pickup and delivery calender that he was off but didn't bother to tell anyone or get approval.
So now I am trying to run a business with 1 1/4 people but why should today be any different than any other day.
If anyone wants to stop by the store i can pretend like we're going on an onsite demo and we can go to the bar for a few hours. It's not like Cooter isn't already lit up the 6 1/2 hours a day he is there when he bothers to show up.
Showroom where I have to take care of local sales.
The soda machine that only takes nickels and dimes because someone is too cheap to fix it.
My desk where I have to take care of phone sales, process web and phone orders, take care of shipping all sales, clean up the messes caused by the halfs labeling the wrong boxes or forgetting to put all of the items in the boxes and shipping damage from poor packing, file damage claims with the shipping companies, track down who screwed up shipping or shorting the wrong item but since there is no repercussions for screwing up or not showing up for work it happens day in and day out.
A couple of my Nigerian scam checks from 2004 / 2005 back when they tried to scam you with checks. Now they just use stolen credit cards. I got $8000 worth of merchandise back for us that someone tried to scam us for 2 weeks ago and you think my boss would say "Good job" or here's a bonus. No. He just expects you me to do it meanwhile when the 1/2's send the wrong product or are 2 dumb to figure out that someone in FL who is ordering a snowblower is most likely a scam and I have to stop it because the first string and 2nd string can't figure it out. I'll leave it at that because it would take me 4 hours to tell all of the stories.
I also have to handle the complaint department. If you don't like my answer then you get the misfortune of having to tell my boss your problem which will get ignored for the next 3 times you call and then it ends up back on my desk and you get my original answer again. Take a number. You're #1
The parts and service counter where I have to look up parts, check in parts shipments, write up service orders, and call people to tell them that their repair bill is $250 since Cooter didn't bother to call them to get authorization on the repair and have to listen to them bitch about it.
And yes that order says $1334.98. But that isn't a sale. That is the dealer cost, not retail of Ed Jones merchandise that has gone missing from inventory since 8/18/14. The last was over $2500 for 6 months. When you walk to parts bin to grab a part and it says you have 3 in stock and there is only 1 the 1/2's just say oh well. Then when the next customer comes in and it says you have 2 and you go to the bin and it is empty because noone ordered more because it said we had some.
And who is this Ed Jones you ask. Way way back before the 68 transients that have blessed us with their presence over the years there was a guy working in the shop named Ed Jones. He would be working on a repair and it needed a starter motor that we didn't have in stock. He would go up to the boss and say he had one at home and would sell it to us for a deal. He would do this with all kinds of parts. Turns out he had been stealing parts from every lawn and garden shop he worked at and pulled this scam with all of them.
So when you go to the get parts and the bin is empty you have to yell out Ed Jones (sort of like Yatzee!) My boss doesn't think it is funny but since he ignores the problem year after year too bad.
The warehouse. What you can't see is the 1/4" thick layer of black dust on everything also known as Speedway Black Lung.
The 100+ repairs piling up since Cooter spends most of the time he is actually on site in the bathroom or sleeping.
Assembly area where I have to set up new machines. If I sell someone something I put it together and test it myself. Some of us still take pride in our work and our word means something. I wouldn't want anyone that I spent 20 minutes (if I even have that much time in between everything else) selling them the right piece of equipment only to have on of the 1/2's put it together wrong.
The shop. It actually looks worse in real life. I call it the beach because there is always 50 lbs of oil dry all over the floor. And you have to plug in and unplug the bench grinders when sharpening blades because the switches are broke and someone is too cheap to buy new shop equipment. Ed Jones parts, running out of oil and spark plugs and gas, no tools or equipment, filthy work area, who wouldn't want to work under these conditions? That is why Cooter still has a job and my boss puts up with it because the 2 or 3 mechanics who were actually qualified that worked here lasted 3 weeks til they found a better job.
And then Cooter runs everything indoors instead of walking 10 feet and pushing it outside so the whole warehouse and store smells like exhaust all day along with the Black Lung.
When I have to fix the trade in's I refuse to work in the beach / shop and have to do it in the setup area if there isn't a bunch of other junk taking over the area.
Finally time to get the hell out of there. The World Traveler is in safe hands.
A boyscout is always prepared.
Stay tuned for tomorrow when we take a look outside
I have Mondays post already planned out and I am Nostradamus and can guarantee you I will be right.
In the good old days me and Fat Jay used to bet on what time Cooter would show up for work and the spread was 9AM-11:30AM.
Fat Jay got a real job 2 years ago so now I have to gamble with the 1/2's and after a few 2 week payday's the spread is down to 9AM-9:30AM which makes it a much closer fight.
I still usually win but I lost this week
There are to many variables nowadays.
What day did he get paid?
How much was his check?
Did he visit Josh's payday loan store the week before?
Did he already use his 5 grandmothers died last week excuse?
How about the 3 sisters who also live in his mothers basement moved his car and left the lights on, or his brother (4 siblings living in the basement) lost his car key, he had to take his mother to the doctor, his friend Fat Dave died last week (although a few years ago he did have a Buick towed up to work that had 30+ bullet holes in it complete with blood on all the seats that he knew the owner of and their babys mama gave it to him to flip), and so on with the magic 8 ball create an excuse
"Can we, can we all get along? Can we, can we get along?" Rodney King
Post by Tyrone Jenkins on Nov 1, 2014 14:23:30 GMT -8
Today's adventures with the World Traveler.
Had to make a stop at Walmart this morning to scoop up some 1/2 priced Halloween candy. I have learned that you better be lined up outside the door before they open the day after Valentines Day, Easter, and Halloween if you want to score any 1/2 priced candy. I pass on the 1/2 off Christmas candy unless they still have some left a few days later because I stay out of the stores the week before Thanksgiving until the the first week of the new year which sucks if you run out of something and have to battle the crowds to buy a box of Kleenex
After work I went to Aldi's to buy some food to donate to the local food bank. Can't have the homeless eating better than me You know your grocery store is ghetto when they charge you a quarter security deposit for the shopping cart
If you do the right thing for the wrong reason you are still half right.
Had to cut through Stallis on the way home and saw this gem. West Allis is the white trash hood. Stallis for short, also know as "Milwaukees dirty little secret". You'll be introduced to the Northside, the Southside, and the Eastside in the next couple of days.
Stopped at the beer store in Stallis on my home. There is always a line around the corner and it is even worse on payday Friday or government check day. Up North they call it the liquor store. Down South they call it the beer store. I remember the first time I was down in MS and I was at Walmart in Holly Springs and I asked the lady working there how late I could buy liquor until and she looked at me like I swore in church So now I just call it the beer store
Great posts, Josh...I'm looking forward to the tour.
I was hoping to take advantage of daylight saving time (it is not "savingS time" to beat the sunup to ward off the crack zombies and the up by noon crack dealers and gangbangers but according to weather.com it will still be 30 degrees by noon so I may have to double fist it and take my truck instead of my other bike I need to run out of gas. And unfortunately CCW does not allow you a have a loaded long gun "within your reach" in a vehicle.
"Can we, can we all get along? Can we, can we get along?" Rodney King
Post by Tyrone Jenkins on Nov 2, 2014 13:13:17 GMT -8
Todays adventure with the World Traveler.
Well I am kinda bummed out now that I got a picture of the wrong vacant lot where Jeffrey Dahmer used to live since half of the block is bulldozed. Unlike Detroit Milwaukee seems to level burned out and vacant houses that they can't sell which is why every block on the Northside is missing every 3rd house.
I will have to break it down into a few posts since the forum eats up my pictures and text whenever I try to edit a post. I will try not to bore everyone with the slides from my vacation And sorry but you wouldn't believe how hard it is trying to drive and take pictures at the same time and half of the times there was no where to stop or park especially downtown.
First around my neighborhood.
Pulling out of the garage you can see Miller Park in the background.
Geared up for a visit to the Northside.
Backup just in case.
A couple of blocks from my house is the Marion Shrine. I always forget it is there because when you drive by it everyday it doesn't seem weird anymore until one day you see a bunch of people dragging a cross up the block and having a parade
WI Governor Scott Walker lives 6 blocks away from me. A few years ago I wondered why there was always a State Patrol squad sitting at the corner of 68th and Bluemound. The State Patrols stays out of Milwaukee County and is rarely seen anywhere other than on the Interstate. After a year or so I finally figured out one day that they were watching his house to keep the Recall Walker loonies away.
Stopped at the library to pick up some DVD's. I just don't feel safe there since I can't bring in any protection You know how many crazy people and homeless hang out in the library for the free heat or A/C.
And my favorite Darwin intersection. 68th and State Street in Tosa. At least 5 people a year get hit by and killed by trains here. And I'm not talking about your car gets stuck on the tracks. These phuking idiots are on foot and get run over by a freight train. It's hard to see in the picture since there is nowhere to pull over and take pics but there are over 14 signs at the intersection stating the obvious like "Do not stop on tracks", "Watch for train", "Stop here", and "No turn on red"