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Old 05-28-2017, 09:51 AM   #81
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I'm sure it has it's ups and downs.

For me I think just talking to some new faces and working where you get a discount on purchases would be good.

They do carry a couple of my favorite brands.
Keep in mind that $25 is a thing of the past. Like @drewsserviceco
said they no longer pay a premium for trades guys. Pay rates start
at or near minimum wage for everybody and don't go up much
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Old 05-28-2017, 09:54 AM   #82
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Keep in mind that $25 is a thing of the past. Like @drewsserviceco
said they no longer pay a premium for trades guys. Pay rates start
at or near minimum wage for everybody and don't go up much
from there.
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The rate isn't a factor to me, it's something to do and people to see.
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DAMN, I would think that would be a great benefit that would come standard.
Number one, we're talking retail and, number two, we're talking HD. They treat their employees like chit. There's a stampede of employees to get out of there at the end of the day.

One time, I was required to stay in my department for half an hour after store closing. When I clocked out, the store was vacant and I was locked inside. I managed to get in touch with a store manager before the guard dogs arrived. It was a long weekend and no night crew was scheduled.
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You would do well in a good old fashioned mom and pop hardware store, if such a thing actually exists anymore.
Don't know if you have them out there, but the local Home Hardware here is a mom and pop operation (small town thou... not sure if they are in the big city).
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One of the things I miss most about working is just not getting out to interact with people.



As much as I prefer animals to humans, people watching and things like you mentioned are funny.



The management part isn't that important when you don't need or depend on the job.

Like I said, the customers were mostly okay and you would get your fill of people watching. You might end up with a bald spot scratching your head all the time. Sometimes I would wonder, "How did this person get here? How did they make it from their home to the store? They're operating a vehicle on the road???"

But to reiterate, helping genuine people who were appreciative was very rewarding and satisfying. Literally, that's the best part of the job because it certainly wasn't being inspired by management, the pay is meh, the majority of your coworkers are meh and the work is meh.
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Like I said, the customers were mostly okay and you would get your fill of people watching. You might end up with a bald spot scratching your head all the time. Sometimes I would wonder, "How did this person get here? How did they make it from their home to the store? They're operating a vehicle on the road???"

But to reiterate, helping genuine people who were appreciative was very rewarding and satisfying. Literally, that's the best part of the job because it certainly wasn't being inspired by management, the pay is meh, the majority of your coworkers are meh and the work is meh.
I here ya. The closest Depot to me in just over an hour and a half drive. But there are several in that same distance and we have been to them all.

I like the one out by Ocean City MD the best. Cruising the aisles you get some funny stories. It's surrounded with vacation homes and retired people.
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I had a good one at HD awhile ago.

Overheard customer asking 'electrical rep' if it was OK to run his stove on some 'existing' 10/3 . At least the rep said no .... customer: But we don't use the oven, only the burners ... rep: well, I guess that would be ok

I may not have said anything, but the guy was there with his wife and kids ... So I fed them the 'burn down your house' line .
Wife seemed glad that I said something.

Come to think of it, I should have got a commission on the cable and parts he had to buy
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I had a good one at HD awhile ago.

Overheard customer asking 'electrical rep' if it was OK to run his stove on some 'existing' 10/3 . At least the rep said no .... customer: But we don't use the oven, only the burners ... rep: well, I guess that would be ok

I may not have said anything, but the guy was there with his wife and kids ... So I fed them the 'burn down your house' line .
Wife seemed glad that I said something.

Come to think of it, I should have got a commission on the cable and parts he had to buy
LOL, normally it's the look on a female face or kids involved that make me chime in the fastest.

Many times my wife will volunteer me to help someone out that she talked to in a different aisle.
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It's not in me to hear wrong advice given or some obscure explanation by a store employee and not speak up.

The last tidbit of knowledge I overheard was the use of 'plumbing nipples' because they have more thread than a chase nipple so they have space for two locknuts.

Some of those aproned idiots are beyond belief.

I can't even count how many times I've had to tell a homeowner what they were planning to do was dangerous or gave the code the middle finger.
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