The snotty video store clerk lives!

April 8th, 2010 · 66 comments

Sure, Redbox and Netflix may have been the death of their former stomping grounds. Yet as Erin in San Diego noticed while shopping for DVDs at her local Best Buy, at least one of those condescending cinephiles has condescended to grace us with her presence (and her oh-so-artistic ampersands?) in big-box land.

New/Seasonal people- or a careless media person,

Meanwhile, as Ali noticed, a Blockbuster in Calgary seems to be having similar HR problems.

Now Hiring Please no dinosaurs with clever human costumes- fool me once, shame on you...

related: Do we look like the kind of store that sells “I just called to say I love you”?

FILED UNDER: a little patronizing · Calgary · retail hell · San Diego


66 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Jay Shay

    This isn’t that passive aggressive. Also, by the looks of that schedule that is beside the note, this was found in a Best Buy break room. That makes the note fitting and nicely worded.

    Apr 8, 2010 at 3:31 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Atheist Scum Unite!

      What?! A note on PAN that is not “technically” passive aggressive?

      This is an outrage. Oh the horror! If only there was a link at the top of the page, one marked “WTF”, that could help us resolve this…

      Apr 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   infant tyrone bang

      1) Less than Kilmer resembles Morrison,
      check out Kyle MacLachlan vs. Ray Manzarek.

      2) Considering how anal the ‘expert’ or manager seems to be,
      that schedule may be related to bathroom maintenance.
      TP caliper measurements back this up (so to speak).

      Apr 8, 2010 at 4:09 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.3   maceelaine bang

      *insert joke about using calipers to measure the different between Kilmer vs. Morrison*

      Apr 8, 2010 at 5:42 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.4   Canthz_B bang

      A break room?
      I thought “Seasonal People” referred to those in May/December romances.

      Apr 9, 2010 at 1:27 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Fiona

    Ohh, how this takes me back to my days… as a movie rental store clerk. Are all movie rental store manager required to be complete douche-canoes?

    Apr 8, 2010 at 3:33 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Randal

      This job would be great if it wasn’t for the f**king customers.

      Apr 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   gladystopia

      May I please, PLEASE add “douche-canoe” to my stock of insults? My boss long ago became impervious to epithets such as “ass-helmet”, “sack-munch”, “sentient dingleberry”, and “fucknuts” (all of which I use regularly when responding to his daily abuses). “Douche-canoe” would add a nearly-French air of sophistication to my replies, and a level of artistry that’s been badly needed for some time now.

      I promise to credit you when I use it….

      Apr 9, 2010 at 2:28 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.3   Boomshine

      Gladys, you may want to consider this fine collection of slurs from gawker.com as well:

      http://gawker.com/5497514/vote-for-the-new-word-for-hipster

      These’ll get the job done for ya, I’m sure! ;-D

      Side note, I also wonder what the hell constitutes an employee acting like a dinosaur… XD

      Apr 11, 2010 at 3:01 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   Echo

    Now, that’s just funny.

    Apr 8, 2010 at 3:37 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   Mark bang

    Where does Happy Scrappy, Hero Pup belong?

    Apr 8, 2010 at 3:37 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Canthz_B bang

      The dumpster?

      Apr 9, 2010 at 1:30 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   AuntyBron

      On the bonfire?

      Apr 9, 2010 at 10:32 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   LAB

    I guess it depends on their policy. Some video stores do put music-related things in the music section (since that’s where people looking for music stuff, including docudramas, look). Unless this Best Buy music section is specifically for concert videos, a movie like The Doors could very well belong there.

    I’d like the person who wrote this note to explain what an “actual movie” is. I mean, as opposed to what? I assume he/she means “scripted drama,” but documentaries, etc., are also “actual movies.”

    Apr 8, 2010 at 3:39 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Pterosaur

      As I read this, I assumed that the “actual movie” was filed with the “actual CDs.” I’ve had stocker and shelving positions before, and I also hate the lazy assholes who can’t bother to read a label. It’s bad enough when the customers shove things in random places, but the staff should know better.

      Team Note Writer.

      Apr 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   FeRD

      I don’t know why I’m letting myself get sucked into analysis of the note content itself w/r/t its original intent (_so_ not the point), but I took “actual movie” to be in contrast to “concert video”. Which, most of the time, only marginally qualifies as a “film” per se.

      …Or even an audio DVD. Do those come in snap-cases?

      Apr 8, 2010 at 4:58 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.3   uhhhmm

      If you carefully peruse the note, one need not assume…the “actual movie” was misplaced with the music DVDs. It is a drag when the lazy assholes don’t bother to read.

      Apr 8, 2010 at 10:00 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   Gunderson

    Why Does Val Kilmer have a sperm in front of his name?

    Apr 8, 2010 at 3:39 pm   rating: 51  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   molly ringwald

      i was wondering that myself! i couldn’t figure out if it was a non-dotted misplaced question mark… but you’re right… it’s a sperm.

      i can’t stop looking at it…

      Apr 8, 2010 at 4:23 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   maceelaine bang

      I used to see the universe as a mammoth snake. – Jim Morrison.

      But why is it front of KILMER then?

      Apr 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   Sundie

    Huh. A bit bottom of the barrel and non-pa, really.

    I take more offense to them labeling it “Drama”.

    Apr 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   Hmm

    The only asshats I’ve ever met who would care about something like that to the extent they’d attempt to boss people around by note are guys. Is it the red marker that makes you think a woman wrote the note?
    If so, for shame as there’s a very unsavory joke in there somewhere.

    Apr 8, 2010 at 3:56 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Amber

      I agree…men usually write in all caps, however it is very nice hand writing for a man.

      Apr 8, 2010 at 4:44 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   0falcon8 bang

    the doors of perception must’ve been closed to the new/seasonal worker.

    Apr 8, 2010 at 3:57 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   Woman on the Verge bang

    Casting Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison was extremely passive aggressive.

    Apr 8, 2010 at 3:58 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   shwonline bang

    It puts “The Doors” in the Drama section or else it gets the hose again.

    Apr 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Escape Goat

      “Don’t you hurt my [Doors]!” (Buff. Bill)

      Apr 8, 2010 at 9:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   sucktackular

    this note is entirely justified. anyone that bad at sorting videos should kill themselves.

    Apr 8, 2010 at 4:04 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   tinkerbell2

      wow, you have a *low* suicide threshold.

      Apr 9, 2010 at 7:02 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   infant tyrone bang

    Dammit Jim, I’m a simple stock clerk, not some beret-wearing cinéaste !

    Apr 8, 2010 at 4:16 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Escape Goat

      Place it in the music section … make it so.

      Apr 8, 2010 at 9:05 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   Canthz_B bang

      Fascinating.

      Apr 9, 2010 at 1:38 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.3   infant tyrone bang

      It’s a video unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, Kiptin.

      Apr 9, 2010 at 1:50 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.4   Canthz_B bang

      “Pavel, I’m surprised you didn’t claim the Russians invented Rock music in 1936.”

      “Vee did, Kiptin…but it vasn’t werry good.”

      Apr 9, 2010 at 2:07 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.5   Careless Media Person

      It’s drama Jim, but not as we know it.

      Apr 9, 2010 at 5:04 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.6   Canthz_B bang

      How can they be expected to transport the DVD into its proper spot without more specific coordinates than “Drama”?

      Apr 9, 2010 at 8:32 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   molly ringwald

    i’m confused. does this mean that the new/seasonal employee is deliberately going to get the movie “the doors” and placing it in the musical section? or is it being misplaced around best buy by shoppers who suddenly have a change of heart and leave said movie near the digital cameras, allowing a new/seasonal employee to re-stock it in the music section as he/she pleases? and why “the doors?” what is it about this movie?! so many questions left unanswered…

    Apr 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   0falcon8 bang

    if i was the worker in question, i would promptly put “the doors” in the section right next to the boxed set of “this old house” and really piss him off

    Apr 8, 2010 at 4:38 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Peasant

      Now THAT is passive aggressive!

      Apr 8, 2010 at 6:24 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   Fuschia Grown

    Would Blockbuster consider hiring dinosaurs with awkward human costumes? There’s one who parks his windowless van in our public library’s lot, and he’s looking for a job, or a tasty meatsnack. Whichever walks by first.

    Apr 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   Monzo Matic bang

    That’s an odd gap be tween “cos” and “tumes”

    Apr 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   Mitzibell bang

    a. ‘”The Doors” is an actual movie’ … critics everywhere are surprised …

    b. “The Doors” *are* an actual movie? No, wait, that’s the big final chase scene in “Monsters, Inc.”

    Apr 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   Escape Goat

      The Doors on most video stores are closing … coincidence? I think not.

      Apr 8, 2010 at 9:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   Fanboy Wife

    Who knew that dinosaurs in clever human costumes pose such a problem?

    Apr 8, 2010 at 6:43 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Escape Goat

      Guess you never met my 7th-grade girlfriend, Janie Raptorski, bitch ripped my heart out.

      Apr 8, 2010 at 9:01 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.2   rosie too

      Eric Garcia tried to warn us all. Check out Anonymous Rex.

      Apr 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   Sheri

    Just by the “Val Kilmer doesn’t look THAT much like Jim Morrison” comment, it seems that the holier-than-thou note writer hasn’t actually seen the movie “The Doors” and doesn’t realize that Val Kilmer is SUPPOSED to look like Jim Morrison?

    Apr 8, 2010 at 7:52 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   park rose

      It’s a great note. Writer is saying why would you even be fooled into thinking that it is an actual Doors (as in music) CD as opposed to Doors movie DVD. S/he has seen the movie. Kilmer, in the movie, and perhaps on the DVD cover, doesn’t really look THAT much like Jim Morrison. I agree with what s/he has written.

      Apr 8, 2010 at 11:35 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   Silly Goose

    “People are strange … “

    Apr 8, 2010 at 8:01 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   Escape Goat

    Fool me twice? Rooooooaaaaarrr! (t-rex voice)

    Apr 8, 2010 at 8:08 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Sean

    I think that Blockbuster is the one on 17th Ave in Calgary. I’ve seen several hilarious signs on there. One of the managers has a sense of humor, I suppose.

    Apr 8, 2010 at 8:31 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   Canthz_B bang

      Not that this particular manager has a sense of humor, but I suppose a lawyer with a funny bone might file a hilarious age discrimination suit.

      That would be pretty funny.

      Apr 9, 2010 at 1:46 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.2   DeeC.

      I think so too – that looks familiar from a little while ago. I enjoy walking by there and seeing what they’ve come up with – makes my day sometimes!

      Apr 9, 2010 at 11:40 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   Walker, "Tex" (a stranger)

    So, the dinosaur was dressed as Bill Cosby?

    Apr 8, 2010 at 9:38 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   Erin in San Diego

    For the record, no, it was not in a break room. This was in the DVD section, where the employees help customers look up availability and whatnot. Hence the hilarious nature of it. For me, anyway. Especially with the Thank You! and :)

    Apr 8, 2010 at 9:42 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   Canthz_B bang

      They have records too?!

      Apr 9, 2010 at 1:48 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #26   In your general direction, I fart...

    …Fool me twice…aww, fuck it. You and I both know you can just keep on fuckin’ foolin’ me as lo-o-o-o-o-o-ong as you want, damned age discrimination laws…

    Apr 8, 2010 at 10:39 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   robotesque

    I’ve been to that Blockbuster. I’d prefer that it was staffed by dinosaurs rather than the insufferable hipsters that are usually employed there.

    Assuming that the company lasts to the end of the year, of course.

    Apr 9, 2010 at 8:04 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   megs

    What I want to know is how this Blockbuster is hiring when all the ones around here have gone out of business!

    Apr 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   cats

    the “dinosaur costume” thing reminds me of chef’s dad and the loch ness monster

    Apr 9, 2010 at 4:48 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   molbeth bang

    I have looked at this site several time but this was my first time reading the comments. it’s like making fun of people with all my favorite friends!

    Apr 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   sam

    I’m from calgary! Blockbuster on 17th ave?

    Apr 9, 2010 at 11:32 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   sam

    I’m from Calgary! Blockbuster on 17th?!

    Apr 9, 2010 at 11:34 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   Eliza

    The blockbuster one is the best one I’ve ever seen.
    Whoever wrote that is made of awesome.

    Apr 10, 2010 at 4:54 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #34   claire

    man, as a snotty video store clerk….I side with the note writer.

    Apr 10, 2010 at 8:40 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   Denny DelVecchio

    Val Kilmer doesn’t look like Jim Morrison.

    He looks like he ingested Jim Morrison.

    Apr 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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