Thanks for making me risk MY life to feed YOUR addiction!

December 27th, 2010 · 196 comments

Writes Justin in Salem, Massachusetts: “It was the middle of the recent blizzard and we had gone for a drive in the worst of the weather (because that’s what you do for fun when you drive a Jeep) and decided to stop for a cup of coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts” (because that’s what you do for fun if you’re a New Englander).

Upon arrival, Justin and his companion were greeted with this heartfelt note of congratulations from the Dunkin’ Donuts snowstorm staff (Rick).

YOU HAVE RISKED YOU'RE [sic] LIFE FOR A CUP OF COFFEE! Congrats xoxo  Love, The Dunk's Staff (Rick)

related: Dunkin’ Donuts Employee of the Month

FILED UNDER: "customer service" · coffee · driving · most popular notes of 2010 · signed with love · snow · xoxo · your/you're


196 responses so far ↓

  • #1   nette

    You have risked your life for bad punctuation!

    I wonder if the coffee was…. fucking delicious?

    Dec 27, 2010 at 10:06 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   AuntyBron

      It’s coffee. Coffee is never delicious – fucking or otherwise.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 12:25 am   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   The Elf

      Hey, I don’t malign your diety, don’t malign mine.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.3   Baku-chan

      Dunkin’ Donuts coffee is always disgusting.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 5:09 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   KST

    Wow. I hope this photo was sent directly to the guys’ manager. After all, Rick wouldn’t be getting paid if these addicts weren’t running amok in the middle of a snowstorm.

    Dec 27, 2010 at 10:07 pm   rating: 34  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   red velvet

      Yes, he would. They’re open every other day of the year, one day off due to inclement weather isn’t going to force anybody into starvation.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 3:19 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   pony girl

      Who said anything about starvation?
      If Rick didn’t work that day, he wouldn’t get paid for that day.
      As for the store owner, why would he want to close down when other business are open? Why would he want to potentially lose customers?
      When people realize they don’t need your coffee, they’ll stop buying it.
      Then the store has layoffs.
      Then the store goes into bankruptcy and closes.
      All because Rick couldn’t man up.
      Or, the store owner fires Rick and hires someone who actually wants a job.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 7:22 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.3   Zsa

      Oh please… Rick is bitter because he now has to pull a double because his relief called in “snow” and the F’ers in their 4×4′s keep showing up so he can’t close the doors.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.4   BG

      Actually, severe snowstorms represent a net loss for most restaurants (though some places can make that up after the storm ends with people who have power outages). The 7 or so people who show up won’t pay enough to turn the lights on, never mind justify making Rick work overtime because no one else comes in.

      The ONLY reason these places stay open is because they want to be known as open all the time in all weather.

      Dec 30, 2010 at 5:11 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   Melanie

    If he had spelled “your” right, I might just respect him

    Dec 27, 2010 at 10:08 pm   rating: 58  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Joseph Singer

      I’m convinced most people in the US at least were asleep when it was explained to them that just because a word sounds the same it doesn’t necessarily mean it is the same word. It must be because so many people don’t have a clue that to and too or your and you’re are used differently.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 6:45 am   rating: 25  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   >50% US Population

      Oar yew cud bee miss taken.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   carrie

    HEY RICK! why didn’t you call in like everyone else???

    Dec 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   BG

      Probably arrived before the storm got bad and isn’t allowed to leave until someone else arrives.

      Dec 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   mygirlrosie

    I think the Dunk’s staff (Rick) might consider risking his life for an education. Or at least an English class.

    Dec 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm   rating: 33  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Shauna

    I was at this Duncan Donuts on a east coast roadtrip in August 2010…one of the only places open and within short walk of our B&B. WORST iced coffee EVER!

    Dec 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   lulz

      What is a Duncan Donuts? No wonder they sucked.

      The real place is called Dunkin Donuts.

      Dec 27, 2010 at 10:31 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   Canthz_B bang

      There’s only one Dunkin’ Donuts in Salem, Mass.?

      Dec 28, 2010 at 12:04 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   park rose bang

      Witch one would that be?

      Dec 28, 2010 at 7:52 am   rating: 35  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.4   zenvelo

      if you dunk a donut in Salem, and it floats, do you have to burn it at the stake?

      Dec 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm   rating: 42  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.5   park rose bang

      zenvelo, all that is holy will be saved.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 11:11 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.6   john

      only if it’s lighter than a duck.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 7:39 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   Mike D

    And thank you for risking your life to get to a crummy job at Dunkin Donuts making minimum wage to SELL me a lousy cup of coffee. Let’s call it even.

    Dec 27, 2010 at 10:16 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   mermaiddue

      I think that’s “risking you’re life.”
      I’m just sayin’.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   SP

    Awwww, makes me want to go sit there till closing time, sipping away, slowly, on “my are” cup of coffee just to piss off Rick, and then tell him his grammar sucks as I walk out.

    Dec 27, 2010 at 10:16 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Guy

      Our Dunkin’ Donuts don’t close here – ever.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 1:34 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   Rain

      “my are”– BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!

      Dec 28, 2010 at 6:30 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.3   spyz

      too funny!!! reminds me of the Nashville Flood this past spring–our power was out along with the entire city and i drove for 40 minutes (and i live near a high retail area)looking for a business that had elect,ricity so i could get my morning coffee–it wasnt until i popped in local Marriott to grab a cup of their breakfast coffee that i saw on the news that Nashville had, had a flood!

      Dec 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.4   BG

      Alas, he’d probably be super friendly and chat with you, because he’s stuck there anyway and bored out of his mind.

      Dec 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   trillium

    I’ve actually done this myself when I lived in Upstate NY. Totally worth it.

    Dec 27, 2010 at 10:21 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   PamIAm

    Hey! I risked my life for a donut, not coffee!

    Dec 27, 2010 at 10:27 pm   rating: 63  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   ashmeadow

      That’s a much better investment of your life.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   lulz

    I live in Lynn, MA which borders Salem. People here did act stupid in this storm…..from going to the mall to return gifts or going for a cup of coffee.

    People around here go full retard.

    Dec 27, 2010 at 10:29 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   sleeps

      Everybody knows you never go full retard.

      Dec 27, 2010 at 11:21 pm   rating: 34  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   jadefirefly

    The ridiculous thing is, you really have no choice but to learn how to drive in all manner of snow, living in NE. I took my final drivers ed class in a snowstorm so bad, they cancelled school for two days.

    When ya need coffee, ya need coffee. Snow is nothing.

    Dec 27, 2010 at 10:31 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   WMDKitty

      Well if ya “need” coffee that badly, why not stay home and make your own?

      Dec 28, 2010 at 1:41 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   marswy

      Yes, but did you pass your driver’s test?

      Dec 28, 2010 at 5:27 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.3   Sirius¤ bang

      If you “need coffee” that badly, perhaps you should seek help from Caffeine Confidential. (Although I’ve heard that CC is actually a cult or something).

      Dec 28, 2010 at 10:25 am   rating: 33  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.4   H for Toy bang

      37 thumbs for Sirius.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 11:02 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   Liz

    It looks like he first wrote “You have risked you life …” but then thought again and “corrected” it to “You have risked you’re life…”

    Bong! Still wrong, Rick!

    Dec 27, 2010 at 10:31 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Divvitar

    Hey it’s not like this is Baghdad or Afghanistan or something. New Englanders are used to this kind of weather, So shut the fuck up, Rick, put on a fresh pot of coffee and give me two Bismarks. Thanks!

    Dec 27, 2010 at 10:36 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Divvitar

      Before the grammar Nazis nail me to the wall, I wasn’t allowed to edit the above comment to replace the comma with a period.

      Dec 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.2   lulz

      Sieg Heil!

      Dec 27, 2010 at 10:43 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.3   Canthz_B bang

      Shouldn’t that comma be a period? :-P

      Dec 28, 2010 at 12:39 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.4   Worker 11811

      I’m with you!

      Pulling children from a burning building is risking your life!

      Arresting drug dealers and crack addicts is risking your life!

      Fighting terrorists in Afghanistan is risking your life!

      Going out in the snow to buy a cup of coffee is certainly NOT risking your life!

      When you are 17 years old and you have to drive your neighbor’s pregnant wife to the hospital to have her baby during the “Great Blizzard of 1978″ because your Dad has the only 4-wheel drive vehicle in the neighborhood that isn’t buried under 3 feet of snow, you can come talk to me.

      No, that wasn’t “life threatening” or “death defying.” It was just doing what needed to be done. My point is that, until you have been up to your ass in snow for two weeks, you haven’t seen snow. You fucking PUSSIES get all bent out of shape because more than two snowflakes hit the ground in the span of an hour’s time.

      While you pussies are screaming like it’s the end of the world, I’m thinking, “Hey! It’s snowing pretty hard! Let’s go out to Dunkin’ Donuts and get some coffee. Eh?”

      Dec 28, 2010 at 10:56 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.5   Zsa

      Wow Worker, bitter much? I moved from Alaska (where it starts snowing in October and stops about April) to Oregon (where everything stops for 1/4 inch of the white stuff).

      Sure, these people are morons when it comes to driving to snow but it is VERY entertaining if you choose not to be an angry person.
      I believe that is step 4 in my “path of enlightenment” – I’m not quite there yet.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 11:41 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.6   Divvitar

      Rick must be a transplant from Seattle, where an inch of snow brings the city to a grinding halt.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 12:33 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.7   anglophile bang

      Weather machismo is boring.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 1:55 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.8   pony girl

      *has a bit of a crush on Worker 11811*

      Dec 28, 2010 at 7:27 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.9   Worker 11811

      Sorry, Zsa… It was hyperbole.

      Sort of like, “When I was a kid we had to walk 5 miles to school through 6 feet of snow… Uphill!… Both ways!…
      (And we where THANKFUL!)

      ;)

      Dec 28, 2010 at 9:32 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   Alexis

    pssht, it’s not even snowing any more. Since when is that “blizzard” weather.

    Dec 27, 2010 at 11:03 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   meri

    but the best part is how he sends kisses and hugs, the passive-aggressive grammar fail.

    Dec 27, 2010 at 11:18 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   The Elf

      I didn’t even see that the first time! Good catch.

      It’s sort of like he’s saying “I hate you! I hate you all! Screw you and your coffee! With all my love, Rick.”

      Dec 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Danielle

    I work retail at a mall and have to deal with people coming out in dangerous weather all of the time. What people don’t realize is that if people keep coming in we can’t leave, which tends to keep us at work well into the dangerous parts of storms. So we then have to risk our lives going home because someone needed a pair of jeans right then and there. I don’t want a retail job but it’s one of the only things around in my town with jobs. How would you feel if I came into your office job or what not and didn’t leave forcing you to drive home in awful conditions? We can’t call out or we lose our jobs and for a lot of us that live paycheck to paycheck, that means losing our homes. A little respect to the cashiers, sales people and shops that have to deal with rude customers and work through holidays and awful weather would be nice.

    Dec 27, 2010 at 11:33 pm   rating: 57  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Danny

      If people stop coming in, they won’t need staff and you’ll be looking for a new job. Posted business hours are posted business hours. This is not changed by the fact that you haven’t yet learned how to drive in the weather which is common around your home.

      Perhaps in your time off you can spend some time learning to drive or replacing those bald tires which are endangering the lives of everyone around you. Then you won’t be “risking your life” driving home. Find something else to bring you to martyrdom; a retail job and a snowstorm aren’t cutting it.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 12:02 am   rating: 45  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.2   Canthz_B bang

      Got a surprise for ya. It snows on people who work in offices too, Dingbat.

      Just ring up my freaking jeans and don’t ask me to control the weather. It took me an hour just to get out of my company’s parking lot in this snow after a full day’s work, so I have little patience for crybabies right now.

      Thanks, have a nice night…is my receipt in the bag this time? I have to risk my life driving home in this crappy weather, and don’t want to have to come back here again tonight.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 12:23 am   rating: 23  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.3   Danielle

      Aw you’re cute getting all fired up. I live in a place where when we get snow it’s not just the 2 inch bs that people piss and moan about. We get a good 3 feet at a shot. When a state of emergency is delcared and no one is to be on the road other then emergency crews I shouldn’t have to sell you clothes because you’re bored. If it’s a week day and your work closed because of the danger, why does that make me any different? Also I can drive and have awesome snow tires sweetie. I have an education but no where in my field is hiring, so like most working people I have to do what I have to do. That means bending over backwards to people who think retail workers are their personal slaves there to kiss and powder their asses all because they are consumers.  My job won’t go out of business from one snow day and my corporate office doesn’t even show up in bad weather. What we don’t understand is if your job said “don’t come in it’s not worth your life” why don’t we get the same respect. 

      Yes your reciept is in your bag, please be sure to read the return policy on the bottom. I don’t set the rules so when you come in to return those jeans a few months from now because you didn’t read the policy don’t get mad at me when I don’t take them back. Also the excuse of “but it was snowing I could get in to return them” won’t fly since you bought them in a blizzard :)    

      Dec 28, 2010 at 12:40 am   rating: 53  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.4   Canthz_B bang

      Don’t blame the world because your job sucks.

      More news for ya…most of the customers you seem to love to hate did their time in crappy jobs of one type or another.
      Hopefully, someday you will be the customer clerks love to hate. ;-)

      Why is it any different? Because you work in retail. Gotta be open to sell the crap you sell the public. Not quite rocket science.

      PS, last time I checked, it snows pretty good where I’m from too. The hour to get out of the parking lot wasn’t made up and not all offices are nice enough to close in inclement weather. Stop feeling sorry for yourself. :roll:

      PPS, no one is fired up but you. ;-)

      Dec 28, 2010 at 12:45 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.5   Danielle

      You’re right not all offices are closed and those workers are not happy either. Co-workers of mine got tickets while coming into work for being on the road during a state of emergency. I don’t believe anyone, retail to office should be going to work in a snowstorm that bad. I had to go to the er in a snow storm and could hardly get there because of all the idiots out being bored in the snow. It just seems that peole in the retial/service field get pooped on a lot more and it blows. No lifes not fair and blah blah, but like I said a little common sense and kindness go a long way. If you don’t wanna work in it why do I? I just have to because as we all know times are hard and even CEO’s of companies are now working at bk.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 1:06 am   rating: 27  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.6   Canthz_B bang

      So you don’t want to work in really bad weather and neither do office workers. Where’s the difference besides the fact that you’re bitching about having to work and others are not?

      Who are you to decide who needs to be on the road in bad weather and who’s just bored?
      You have some nerve.

      Get over yourself. The world doesn’t revolve around you.

      It revolves around me! :-P

      Dec 28, 2010 at 1:18 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.7   Danielle

      It’s not me making the choice who can be on the road it’s the local govenment. When a state of emergency is in place that means all local traffic is to not be on the roads. You are to stay in your home and keep road ways clear for emergency crews. However because no one listens we (office and retail a like) have to work. I’m saying in situations like that have respect and stay home. I’m not complaining, I have a rather large smile on my face, I find this amusing. I’m not the only one who says something about situations like this, clearly rick wasn’t happy, and I believe a few other people on here agree with me. Some people just don’t speak up and stir the pot, where’s the fun in that?

      How it feel to have the world revolve around you? :)

      Dec 28, 2010 at 1:34 am   rating: 23  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.8   Canthz_B bang

      You said yourself how you perceive the other drivers: “…and could hardly get there because of all the idiots out being bored in the snow.

      Don’t tempt me.

      Lots of people will agree with erroneous ideas…see Germany, circa 1933. That proves nothing but that a lot of people are kinda dumb.

      It feels great to have the world revolve around me…even better to also be the center of the universe! ;-)

      Dec 28, 2010 at 1:47 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.9   Guy

      Ooooh! Canthz B FTW!
      Not only a “Thanks, have a nice night” right after calling a complete stranger a “dingbat” but plenty of smiley faces and winking while she cusses like a sailor, too!
      Remarkably sugar-sweet/viscous.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 1:47 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.10   Canthz_B bang

      Hey, we’re a little PA here sometimes! LOL

      Dec 28, 2010 at 1:55 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.11   Danielle

      I do feel people are idiots when they are told to stay off the road unless they are part of an emergency crew or have an emergency themselves and they are out for shits and giggles. When I can’t get to the er because the line of people infront of me are getting coffee or clothes I do get annoyed. Should places close for 5 inches of snow, no. But in extreme situations people should stay home. It’s a safety issue, why is coffee or clothes so important at that point? Will I deal with the customers that come in and say “wow it’s nuts out there I almost got in 3 car wrecks on the way here. The snow is so crazy, I don’t know if I can make it home.” yes I will, all with a smile on my face. Fact is if it’s that nuts then why come out? Just because you have 4-wheel drive doesn’t mean you won’t crash.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 2:31 am   rating: 25  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.12   Canthz_B bang

      1) What do you care, as long as their purchases pay your salary? Fact is, you should be happy they came out to spend some money in your store. Unless you’re just lazy and looking to get paid for doing nothing all day.
      2) Again, while on the road, who are you to decide who’s out for shits and giggles, and who’s on the road because they need to be…just like you?

      That’s why I’m the center of the universe, and you’re not, Sparky. ;-)

      Dec 28, 2010 at 2:43 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.13   Danielle

      Well, I could clearly tell that the reason I was stuck on the road and couldn’t get to the er was because the car infront of me was stuck in the bk drive way, last I check a whopper isn’t an emergency :) Also I had a wonderful conversation with the nurse that took care of me who was also upset with all the drivers on the road who ended up in the er because they were going to the mall/movies/ out to eat. She explained that out of the 50 beds they had full only 15 were not snow related. The rest were drivers who were out and about instead of staying home. The reason I care is I have to head to and from work with these same people on the road, it’s not safe for anyone involved. I do care about others and don’t want to see the person going out for coffee or a worker headed home to get into a wreck. I understand wrecks happen daily, however they happen more often in bad weather such as snow and when a snow emergency is issued it’s for yours and others safety, to stop said full er’s from happening.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 3:01 am   rating: 21  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.14   lagne

      Danielle,

      In my place of business, Corporate makes the call as to whether to close for extrordinary circumstances, and Corporate is in another state, clueless to the amount of client traffic in the business itself… which, as you said, can be aggravating.

      I think your perspective on this is backwards. It’s not “If people would just stay home, the store would close;” it’s “if the store were closed, there would be no customers in said store/on the road, bothering Danielle.” Sounds like your issue is with Corporate.

      Unless you’re a snowdrift or the cops (get it? cops? doughnuts? heh), there’s really no reason for you to be so concerned with traffic on the roads. Maybe you should be a cop. Not trying to be ugly, but as much as you’re talking about “all the idiots on the road and I can’t get to the ER when I need to”… dude, do you have to go to the ER, like, weekly? It was once? and you got the care you needed? So… ?

      Dec 28, 2010 at 3:07 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.15   Canthz_B bang

      1) Never occurred to you that the car stuck at BK was just trying to get off the road, huh?
      2) Your State’s states of emergency don’t seem to mean much if so many people disregard them.
      3) Again, by what authority do you claim the right to decide who the assholes are as opposed to who really needs to be out there?

      I strongly suspect you’ve started to make things up, BTW, and am perilously close to calling you an idiot.

      Oops! :-P

      Dec 28, 2010 at 3:16 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.16   Danielle

      I’m not lazy or looking for a free day. Customers bother me on a daily basis, snow or not, but I just smile and push on. My corporate is about 20 minutes down the road from me and don’t work on snow days. On snow days when the whole town is shut down I go into work and do my job to a t. However as with a lot of places, if no one comes into our shop by a certian time we shut down. Because we lose money in payroll and electric by keeping the store open for no one. My whole point is, that if your town saying it’s a snow emergency and no one is to be on the roads, then on one should be on the roads. It’s not that hard. When all other businesses are closed why is it expected that retail/service be open? I’ll still go in and listen to everyones near miss stories on how they almost died for their new clothes, but I just don’t understand how when your told to stay home people think it doesn’t mean them.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 3:24 am   rating: 25  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.17   Canthz_B bang

      Bitch, just take their money and shut the fuck up!!
      Your store is open because customers come, you dumb bitch.
      They wouldn’t be open if they didn’t expect there would be customers.

      Clear enough for ya now?

      Try to be nice to some people and what do I get? Jeez, what a dimwit! :roll:

      If customers bother you on a daily basis, it may be time to consider that you may be in the wrong type of business for you, not blame the customer for having the temerity to go shopping.

      How did you get to be so special?

      Dec 28, 2010 at 3:29 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.18   Danielle

      I was using my er trip as an example. Other then to and from work I stay in during a snow storm. I can take a pic of my paper work and broken foot if you like :) Also, that’s was my whole point, peole not staying in during the state of emergancy. Let me state that yes if you have to be out for important reasons then I understand, but if you are just out and about I don’t.

      Yeah, I’m a bitch, I’ve been totally calm this whole time sweetheart. Dumb I am not however. Please think of me the next time you’re out in a snow storm and someone plows into you because they just needed their cup o’ Joe. :) have a wonderful day love

      Dec 28, 2010 at 3:39 am   rating: 31  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.19   Canthz_B bang

      And you are the ultimate arbiter as to who needs to be out?
      STFU, you’re an idiot.
      There, I’ve said it.

      Happy now?

      Dec 28, 2010 at 3:45 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.20   Danielle

      I’ve already talked about why I’m working in retail. I’ve also already said I hold no power over who drives and when, but common sense is nice. The person who posted the picture said they were out in a blizzard in the worst of the storm “because that’s what you do”. Just because they want to risk a wreck why should I just to serve them? Also as stared my company, as do most, loses money by staying opens for the few customers that come in rather then closing. I’m sure there are things that annoy you about your work, this is a common one among retail/service workers. However this doesn’t make us dumb or bitches. As I said think of me after you next snow related wreck. Have a wonderful day and sorry you went and got all firey ;)

      Dec 28, 2010 at 4:53 am   rating: 28  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.21   mycaricature

      Danielle, don’t waste your time on these people. They have no clue what it is like to not have the luxury of taking off when the weather is bad.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 4:58 am   rating: 41  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.22   matt

      bloody hell, what a fuss ^. Why doesn’t everyone just put snow chains on their tires and get on with their lives (or buy a snow-mobile)

      Dec 28, 2010 at 5:54 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.23   Nunavut Guy

      I wonder how you folks would do up here?

      Dec 28, 2010 at 6:58 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.24   Canthz_B bang

      mycaricature, yes we do. As I’ve already said, most of us have held crappy jobs in the past. We know what it’s like to not have the luxury of being able to take a day off.
      Just because we have moved onward and upward in life, doesn’t mean we’ve gotten amnesia.

      With any luck, you too may someday enjoy that luxury, but you’ll have to earn it just as we have.
      Until then, deal with your lot in life and stop crying about it. No one cares.

      Dani dear, it doesn’t snow much in the Phoenix, Arizona area, not since I’ve been here anyway. Choose to live where it snows? Then don’t bitch and moan about it.
      I never crashed in the NJ snow, I can drive. I never got fiery, I calmly called you a dumb bitch. There’s a difference. ;-)

      Dec 28, 2010 at 8:06 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.25   divaandwriter bang

      Danielle, don’t feed the trolls! ;) You give the rest of us a very lively thread to read on a boring snow day when WE have to be at work, but other than that all you do is encourage trolling.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 10:25 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.26   Sirius¤ bang

      The state of PA has declared a weather emergency. All non-emergency traffic should STAY OFF THE ROAD. Except for Danielle. ‘Cause she has to go to work, bless her heart.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 10:39 am   rating: 31  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.27   oi

      I agree with CB.
      Q: If it is emergency than why people are on the road?
      A: That’s the only way they can make Danielle’s life hell. Don’t you know that’s what they live for to make Danielle’s life hell. :P

      Dec 28, 2010 at 11:06 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.28   H for Toy bang

      ‘Splain something to me… If a state of emergency is declared, and no one is supposed to be on the roads except emergency crews, why are you going to work? If I decide to be an idiot and drive around in the snow because I’m bored, I’m certainly not going to be surprised that the mall is closed when I get there.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 11:15 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.29   lagne

      Huh, apparently the definition of “troll” has changed somewhat… “Anyone expressing a differing opinion in a comments section?” or something like that? Got it. Writin’ that one down. On a napkin. To leave in the breakroom for my coworkers.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 11:50 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.30   Danielle

      Haha that’s my whole point guys. I have to go in during a state of emergency because though there are people out there with common sense, there are people who will come out to window shop in a blizzard. If we aren’t open they have the balls to call and complain to corporate. So my poit was if it’s that bad and you are that bored I’m sorry buy please just stay in. I do thank the people who stay home and understand. We retail/service workers just don’t understand why we have to open in a state of emergency because a few people with 4-wheel drive got antsy in their homes while the rest of the state sits calmly at home. So I have the same question, why does no one listen to the state of emergency, or blizzard warnings, and stay home so retail/service works can do the same and everyone can be safe?

      Dec 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.31   lagne

      Your issue is still with Corporate, who makes you stay open. The fact that there are people on the road and in your store is only symptomatic of the fact that stores are open.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.32   North

      Then complain to the Department of Labor. If you have been ordered to stay off the roads by the State Police, your boss cannot trump them and force you to travel. It’s that simple.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.33   H for Toy bang

      And I guess my point is, when they call you in to work, you tell them no. Tell them you’re not risking a ticket to come into work during a state of emergency. There’s not much they can do about it. (I know, I’ve done it before.) And if you’re going to say that you can’t afford to take a day off, then go to work if you must, but don’t whine about it.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.34   JChief

      Sheesh. I haven’t seen a person this adverse to basic customer service since Basil Fawlty.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.35   red velvet

      The only dingbat here is Canthz. There’s a HUGE difference between GOING OUT OF ONE’S WAY to keep another person at work during dangerous conditions, like they do when they insist upon returning that pair of jeans during a snow storm, and office workers working their set hours.

      She’s obviously never worked customer service in her life, with that attitude.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 3:27 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.36   lagne

      Oh, give me a break. Like I leave for the store thinking, “Yeah, I’ll return these, and THAT’LL keep the little retail buggers from leaving! Hehehe!”

      If your store is open, it is totally unreasonable for you to bitch at customers for showing up. I, as a customer, do not decide whether your store stays open. Your BOSS does. Gah.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 6:05 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.37   M L

      My god yes to everyone saying to be mad at corporate.

      Jesus effin’ Christ. Ok, yes, idiot customers are a colossal pain in the ass of service industry workers everywhere. Included in that demographic are people who complain about stores being closed during a weather emergency. But your beef, Danielle, should clearly, CLEARLY, be with your company’s executives who expect you to risk your life to get to and from work in such dangerous conditions. That’s it. That’s all there is to it. If the stores are open, people are going to go into them, period. They’re not being inconsiderate. At all. Your boss, who you apparently don’t blame for anything, is the one acting unconscionably … and honestly, vaguely criminally. I mean, did they threaten to fire you if you don’t break the law and drive to work during a state of emergency? What’s compelling you to open shop?

      Obviously if a storm comes up suddenly and you want to close early and get home before it gets too bad you want customers to gtfo of your store. But otherwise? Take it up with HR. Because these posts? They show some seriously misdirected anger, here.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.38   Canthz_B bang

      Red Velvet, yes “he” has worked customer service in his life.
      One thing I’ve never done in life is blame a customer for coming into my workplace and spending their money, which kept my employer afloat, which got me a paycheck each week, which paid much of my college tuition, which allowed me to get the education necessary to never work face-to-face customer service again. ;-)

      Your employers have decided to be open in bad weather. They will be open all day. If no one comes, you’ll just sit on your butts bored your entire shift, or be given mind-numbing busy work to do.
      You should PRAY for customers…makes your day go faster when you actually do something with it.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 12:50 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.39   Farticus

      It’s easy for you to talk, Canthz_B. You clearly don’t have a job. I mean a real one, not the “office” you made out of old newspapers and filth in the crawl space under your nanna’s house.

      Go die in a fire, you sociopathic oxygen-thief.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 3:01 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.40   Canthz_B bang

      You’re in a good mood! :-P

      No, I don’t have a real job, but I have a fake one that pays pretty well. I hate it when merchants won’t accept my fake money though. That’s when I send my wife out to sell her blood (I’d sell my own, but they test for heroin), but we get by.

      For the record…I didn’t steal that oxygen, it fell out of a Lincare truck, and I just picked it up. Finders, keepers.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 3:24 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.41   red velvet

      No, you hang out in the library all day, feverishly hitting f5 over and over, waiting to get that last word in, because the last word means you’re “right”, amirite?

      I’m right.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 11:50 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.42   Serenity

      haha Red Velvet, that’s how I always picture CB, too. Staring at the screen , eyes gleaming feverishly, rubbing his hands together…”C’mon, say something back!! say something back!! bc the only way I can get thru my day is by pointlessly arguing and talking down to people I don’t know, and THAT, my friends, makes me a great big man (who’s always right, dammit!!!)”. A hero in is own mind…how sad.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.43   Canthz_B bang

      Careful there…you could hurt my feelings if I had any. ;-)

      f5

      Dec 29, 2010 at 8:00 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.44   Serenity

      aaww, hard shell, warm chewy center? :) btw, can’t believe ya’ll are still debating this down there. I think everyone may have to agree to disagree, bc this poor, dead horse is getting really beat. and despite my teasing, CB, I tend to agree with you. I work in service, and it is your job. The bosses make the rules, and if you get one that treats you like crap to benefit customers, you get a new one. Personally, if I thought it was too dangerous to drive, for real, I would just call and let my boss know I couldn’t make it. Of course, I don’t work for assholes, so I wouldn’t get fired for it.
      Dani, you lost me when you continued to whine and cry, and tried to make it sound like you work in East L.A. for crissakes.
      back in the day, stores were all closed Sundays, holidays, and people would hear of a storm coming, and stock up bc the gd stores would be closed, so their employees could stay home. What changed that was the first greedy person who thought, “Hey, I can maybe make a few extra bucks by being the only store in town that stays open during this!!”. So yes, it IS your boss. Customers would learn to make due the same way they used to before they were given options.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 11:53 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.45   Em

      The reason you can’t leave isn’t because of people coming into the store. The reason you can’t leave is because your manager is an a-hole. Seriously.

      I worked in plenty of retail jobs. In most of those jobs, if the weather was that awful, they closed the store, whether people were still coming in the door or not. And for the folks already in the store, they got “sorry, we’re closing due to weather,” and then they were herded out the door.

      In fact, the only place I ever worked that didn’t ever shutdown was a 24 hr convenience store. No big surprise there.

      Dec 30, 2010 at 12:09 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.46   Who? Me?

      Team “Find out the law, and whether Corporate is breaking it or not”.

      As others pointed out, if state and local governments have declared a state of emergency, then even “Widgets-R-Us” should have to obey the relevant laws.

      Perhaps “stay off roads during a state of emergency” is more of a guideline than a requirement in your state. If that is true, than Corporate is legally in the right. Your beef is with the law, not Corporate. Work to get the law changed.

      Perhaps “stay off roads during a state of emergency” is already a legal requirement. If so, Corporate is breaking the law. Your choice is then to either politely bring that fact to their attention, or to go to the legal authorities to report the violation.

      I suspect the Corporation is skanky, since they don’t apparently value the lives and safety of their employees. I’d do my best to find another job.

      Customers who intentionally disregard state of emergency warnings are likely not the brightest bulbs (unless the state overuses the warning).
      But blaming them for your problem seems silly to me. I think you’d have much better chance getting the law enhanced (if life and limb are truly at stake), or enforced (by changing company policy and/or bringing suit against the company) than you do at trying to teach stupid people to stop being stupid.

      Dec 30, 2010 at 1:56 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.47   oi

      “than you do at trying to teach stupid people to stop being stupid.” I do not agree with this sentence in this instance but I do agree with it in the general sense. Danielle thinks that if she convinces the random people reading this blog that the customers go to her store specifically to harass her (and not because her store sells stuff that people need) then magically people stop coming to her store.
      I think it is pretty clear who is stupid here. The customers who patronize the ALREADY OPEN shops or the employee who is bent on convincing random people that people risk their life just to make her life hell. On internet.

      Dec 30, 2010 at 10:09 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.48   wonderman

      Sorry, but this thread failed waaay back in #17.8 when Canthz_B brought up Godwin’s law. Danielle wins by default. Oh why oh why is there no way to block people that post too much?

      Jan 4, 2011 at 9:36 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   strangelove bang

    Pshhhha. You’re all full on retards for ragging on Rick for his obvious, and all too common grammatical error. Happens to the best of us, especially in haste, and especially when a person has had to drive through a flipping blizzard just to serve a cup of joe to a spoiled jeep-driving idiot out “for fun” because he thinks that’s “what you do” if you’re a dumbass New Englander jerk-off (btw “your/you’re” is not PA, it’s just a bad mistake).

    The hubris is proved by his all too smug & poser posting of this evidence of how stupid the people who HAVE to drive in & show up for their job are, just to give poster his flipping cup of coffee. No. Wrong. I respect a Rick who points out the idiotic expectations and self-entitlements of the jackasses who have nothing better to do on a blizzarding night than to show up in their precious 4-wheel jag-off truck and then post on the internet how awful the coffee was.

    Rick, at least, showed up for a commitment he made to his responsibilities. Did not call in. That I respect. And he shouted out to the morons …. well…. I hope he wasn’t fired for speaking the truth.

    Dec 27, 2010 at 11:35 pm   rating: 33  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   Canthz_B bang

      Question.

      Would Rick HAVE to go to work if there were no assholes driving around in the snow willing to buy a bearclaw or six?

      No. Rick would have lost a day’s pay if the establishment were closed, no?

      It was probably the easiest day of “work” he’s ever seen, given that there were probably many fewer customers that day.

      Evidence? He had time on his hands to make and post a poorly worded sign…and maybe even study for his GED! ;-)

      Dec 28, 2010 at 12:16 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.2   TippingCows

      No bear claws at Dunkin’s, my friend. But they do have Coolatas … wheee!

      Dec 28, 2010 at 2:06 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.3   Canthz_B bang

      Wouldn’t know. I’m not a patron of DD. I’ll take your word for it though. :-|

      Dec 28, 2010 at 2:22 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.4   Justine

      I have been reading this thread, and I am just stunned by how nasty you are. How on earth do you live with yourself? I’m a (corporate) office worker. I have done my fair share of bad weather commutes. I am also blessed with class and common sense. I don’t blame the retail worker for being upset. It’s awful and reckless to go shopping during a blizzard. Why would anyone risk their safety, and yes, the safety of others to get their cheap crap at the mall? It’s sad how inconsiderate people have become. You should be ashamed to pick on this woman.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 8:30 am   rating: 32  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.5   Canthz_B bang

      You do know what website you’re on, right? ;-)
      Ever consider that, for some people, a snow day off is the only time they get to do some leisure shopping? Doesn’t have to be a blizzard for their job to close you know. Just enough snow will do the trick.

      You should know that, you being a corporate worker and all, you bust your butt for 40 hours a week, which is more than most retail workers get on their schedules.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 8:43 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.6   red velvet

      Strangelove, you’re the only one here using logic! I love it!

      Dec 28, 2010 at 3:29 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.7   oi

      But you are not the only one who does not know what logic or customer care or doing job means.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 3:36 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.8   Risha

      Sorry TippingCows, but I’ve bought bearclaws at Dunkin Donuts before. Apparently your local store is just a crap one.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 7:40 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.9   red velvet

      Oi, who exactly are you replying to?

      That response is difficult to make out… what exactly are you trying to say, and to whom?

      Dec 29, 2010 at 11:52 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.10   Canthz_B bang

      ROTFLMAO x 68!!!!! :lol:

      Dec 29, 2010 at 7:56 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.11   oi

      Bawahahaha! Is it how spider feels when fly walks in to his web? See, what I mean when I say you don’t know what logic means, red velvet?

      Dec 30, 2010 at 12:53 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   KC

    There are always a couple of whiners in every field of employment. Apparently on every comment section too…

    Dec 28, 2010 at 12:06 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   Canthz_B bang

    I kinda like Rick. His work ethic dictates that, no matter what the weather, he’ll be there when it’s “time to make the donuts”.
    Unfortunately, that SOB is always out of chocolate honey-dipped when it’s “time to serve CB!”

    Dec 28, 2010 at 12:08 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   GhostWriter bang

      I have always thought of you as my chocolate honey-dipper.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 9:22 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.2   red velvet

      You sound like you don’t really deserve special favors from retail workers anyway.

      Don’t have a cow about it :)

      Dec 28, 2010 at 3:30 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.3   Canthz_B bang

      Poor red velvet, too slow to see a joke if he/she/it were about to be bitten on the cheek by one.

      Aw, thanks, GW. I’ll keep dipping into chocolate honeys just for you. :oops:

      Dec 29, 2010 at 12:58 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.4   red velvet

      Poor Canthz_B, couldn’t be funny if her life depended on it.

      Would have seen a joke had there been one there, sweetie.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 11:53 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.5   Canthz_B bang

      Poor red velvet, doesn’t pay close enough attention to the comments to learn that CB is a guy.

      A guy who doesn’t explain jokes. You either get them, or you don’t. Your loss, “sweetie”. ;-)

      Dec 29, 2010 at 7:49 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   lagne

    Dear god, all the retail people defending Rick. It’s like a bullshit blizzard around here.

    News flash: Rick works at DD in a blizzard because that’s a CHOICE he made.

    Don’t want to serve coffee in a blizzard? Don’t. Don’t want to work somewhere that expects you to? Don’t.

    Yes, it is that simple. Take stock of your life. Go back to school. Get the tools to do what you want to do instead of feeling forced to do what you “have” to do. “But it’s not that easy/simple.” Blah blah blah. It’s never easy. You just shut up and do it.

    And if you CHOOSE to stay in a crap job that obviously grinds on your last nerve, scolding your customers for patronizing the business you represent should get you, at least, reprimanded.

    Dec 28, 2010 at 12:10 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   Canthz_B bang

      Yup. The ass should have “chosen” a job at Dairy Queen…then he could sell Blizzards!

      Lots of people out there with skills to do more, but have to do what they have to do to survive.
      Sucks, but it’s true. Not everyone at DD or McDonald’s is a HS dropout.
      I applied at a sandwich shop a couple of years ago…fortunately, the guy didn’t hire me, but I’d have done anything legitimate for a paycheck back then!

      Dec 28, 2010 at 12:26 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.2   lagne

      Yeah.. Believe me, I’ve been there and agree with you (when I left my secure but crappy job to go back to school, nobody would hire me because I was actually overqualified for all the quote-unquote menial jobs I applied for.. under/overqualified sucks all around). But you make the best of it, and don’t do crap like this. No matter how limited your options, you always have the option to not be unprofessional and a general ass to people you don’t even know.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 1:19 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.3   Lenny!

      I’m sorry, but I highly doubt anybody actually wants and willingly chooses to work retail. I’m guessing Rick didn’t wake up one morning going “my goal in life today is to be the best doughnut maker in history!” So no, it’s not that simple. Sometimes people are out there getting an education and are forced to work at a crappy retail job to pay for the education that *hopefully* can get them out of said crappy job. Also factor in a recession that can put the best skilled worker out of a job and into retail and you got the perfect storm for a Passive-Aggressive Retail employee note maker like Rick.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 1:19 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.4   Canthz_B bang

      I gotcha, lagne. Not saying the sign was the right thing to do, just that the job market is a buyer’s market right now, and a good number of workers are in catch-as-catch-can mode. Not a lot of “choices” out there for some, and roof and food are more important than dignity.

      Ya do what ya gotta do to get by…or ya don’t get by.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 1:27 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.5   lagne

      I see what you’re saying, lenny, but as someone who’s in the middle of making the big move out of a crap job into an education that will get me out of Crapjobsville, it really IS that simple. I’m living exactly where you describe – in school, working a crap job I hate. It’s hard, and it sucks for now. But anyone, anyone can find a way to make their lives better if it’s a priority. It’s unpopular to say so because it’s so much easier to be a victim and bitch about a world that “happens” to you.

      Not to be argumentative, but yeah, I know people who chose retail and absolutely love it. I’m SO not one of those people.. not that retail sucks, but *I* suck at retail.. I admire them dealing with the shit they have to put up with. I do NOT admire the ones who react like Rick.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 1:29 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.6   Canthz_B bang

      Gotta agree with lagne here. I know folks who absolutely love their jobs in retail. They are people persons.
      I’m not, and retail isn’t for me, but there ARE people who love the interpersonal contact that life offers and gain great satisfaction from it.

      We really only call them crappy jobs because we don’t happen to want them.

      Can we tell jokes now? ;-)

      Dec 28, 2010 at 1:39 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.7   lagne

      I just posted the wrong comment in the wrong place, then replied to my own comment, and had to request deletion for the whole thing.

      lagne <— so stupid, she returned a doughnut to DD because it had a hole in it.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 1:58 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.8   Canthz_B bang

      I returned my head once for the same reason.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 2:03 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.9   Lenny bang

      I surrender lagne and CB :) Remember, Peace on Earth and goodwill towards people who like mocking PA notes.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 2:06 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #22   TippingCows

    What if I went to Dunkin’ Donuts for a muffin or a breakfast sandwich? I suppose that is a better reason to risk my’re life than coffee, according to Rick.
    I kind of see his point … but if you’re going to be a bitch about something, you should try to be taken seriously. And nobody takes illiterates seriously.

    Dec 28, 2010 at 2:09 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   The Elf

    I’m not driving through snow to get to work, that’s for sure. Even if I had a car that could handle winter weather (I don’t), the other drivers around here don’t know how to drive in the snow. If the public transportation system shuts down, I’m not going anywhere. When my company had a “we don’t close ever” policy, I’d just call in or work from home. They meant that policy, too. They kept open on 9/11, and we work in the heart of DC. (HQ felt nice and safe outside the Beltway, so they didn’t understand why we left.) They stayed open on a federal holiday, when work is always light and the public transportation is on weekend schedules if they run at all, under snow emergency conditions which shut down the Metro and bus systems and then”wondered” why the only person that made it to work that day was the guy that lived within walking distance. Grrrrrrr. No work is going to get done, just close already!

    Not everyone can do that. Police officers, nurses, etc. They don’t get snow days or work from home options. But it’s also emergency services, so it makes sense to always have somebody there 24/7 and you know that when you sign on for the job.

    But Dunkin Donuts? Would it really hurt business that much to close? And employees – you made the choice to go into work that day regardless. You didn’t have to. Granted, you would lose money as you’re likely hourly. And if your boss is a prick you might lose your job. But you still made the choice. No need to get pissy to everyone else about it.

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:13 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   Canthz_B bang

      I had a professor back in college who told us that if we saw a snowflake in the morning, his class would be closed (he lived in Manhattan, and the college was in New Jersey).
      One morning there were light flurries, but nothing to be concerned about, so we all showed up for class, only to find a sign on the door informing us that Prof. Jones’ class was canceled due to inclement weather.

      One of the few lessons I learned in college is that ya gotta believe what the powers that be say is your reality is your reality. They make the rules, not us. LOL

      Dec 28, 2010 at 8:37 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.2   Divvitar

      Hey, can you imagine Dunkin’ Donuts closing with those cops out there working in the snow? I can’t. They need those doughnuts, folks. It keeps them sane! :P

      Dec 28, 2010 at 11:59 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   Edwina the Defrocked Nun

    Somebody’s cranky with cabin fever.

    And I’m not referring to the note writer.

    Dec 28, 2010 at 8:26 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   Lizzie Birdsworth

    I think this worker’s churlish angst should probably have been directed more towards his own site manager.

    Dec 28, 2010 at 8:43 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   GhostWriter bang

    “Thanks a pantload for signing our name as well,” said the rest of the staff to Rick. “Now we all get a reprimand!”

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:33 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   GhostWriter bang

    Here’s the brochure describing Salem’s snow emergency procedures.

    Nowhere within it does it describe any ban or restriction on driving during a snow emergency. The strongest wording I can find is, “Remember, driving in winter snowstorms should be avoided whenever possible.”
    There are plenty of parking bans, but does declaring a Snow Emergency command that residents stay off roads except for emergencies? In a word, No. There is even mention of how far a driver should remain behind a snowplow- in short, they expect people to be driving around during a snow emergency.
    I’m willing to bet that driving on the Massachusetts Turnpike is more hazardous than driving a 4WD Jeep down the road to a Dunkin Donuts.

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:58 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   Canthz_B bang

      How dare you use FACTS to prove a point?

      FACTS don’t matter when people have their own FEELINGS about something!

      You must be a troll or something, GW! :mrgreen:

      Dec 29, 2010 at 2:55 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.2   knittykat

      CB—I think the primary reason I read this blog is to watch you tell off fuckwits with an eloquence I envy.

      I have a total internet crush on you :-)

      ::kiss::

      Dec 29, 2010 at 10:31 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.3   tvelociraptor

      As someone from a rural part of Canada with little traffic congestion, that turnpike stands out as one of the more horrifying memories of my childhood – amplified by a family dinner at a Roy Rogers restaurant.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 7:26 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.4   Canthz_B bang

      :oops:

      Dec 29, 2010 at 7:44 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #28   divaandwriter bang

    Only in New England!

    Dec 28, 2010 at 10:30 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   Flip-Flappin'

      Hmmph; come to Minnesota for a while.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 11:54 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #29   LAtoLouisi

    lagne – absolutely correct: “It’s not ‘If people would just stay home, the store would close;’ it’s ‘if the store were closed, there would be no customers in said store/on the road . . .’”

    Retail workers had to manage the shops WHETHER OR NOT customers arrived! What the hell difference does it make if they actually sold something versus sitting on a stool for the entire shift WITHOUT selling something? What an idiotic request – that people should “respect” retail workers by staying home in inclement weather. It is NOT disrespectful to patronize an OPEN SHOP.

    Canthz_B – you claim that you’re “educated.” Make me believe it by proofreading before you post. It isn’t “then,” it’s “than.” Too bad I need to get my coffee and donuts right now – otherwise I’d correct the REST of your drivel, from spelling to syntax.

    Dec 28, 2010 at 10:32 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   The Elf

      The reverse also works. If the shops were closed, people would figure out pretty quickly not to bother venturing out for their jeans or their cup of coffee. Then they’d return when the weather was fine because the desire for jeans or the coffee addiction hasn’t gone away. So the question is, from a business perspective, how much does it cost to open the store vs. expected profit from that day’s business. How many cups of coffee does Dunkin Donuts have to sell to make up for cost of employees, electricity, supplies, and food that wasn’t sold and has to be thrown out? I bet it’s a lot. IMHO, if you don’t have a reasonable expectation of profit because of the bad weather, it makes sense to close due to bad weather.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 11:43 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.2   red velvet

      I’m finding it’s easiest to take CB as a bad troll. It hurts my heart to think that people that ignorant actually exist, and CHOOSE to be that way.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 3:33 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.3   Canthz_B bang

      I’m sorry, where did I say I graduated first in my class again? That I was an English or Lit major? Is syntax anything like a Lorax? A gigglebrax? :lol:
      I’d be more than willing to wager that there are loads of folks on this site with college degrees who wouldn’t be willing to say under penalty of death that their use of the English language is at all times textbook perfect.
      I know I have never said mine is. ;-)

      I do know the difference between “than” and “then” (having briefly re-read my comments, I can’t find an incorrect usage, but then, I’m not going to do more than scan for one typo, and “Other then to and from work I stay in during a snow storm. ” was Danielle’s comment @#17.18, not mine…but I didn’t pick on her grammar. I picked on her idiotic point of view that customers are the enemy of businesses. You can go back there and rip her grammar if you’d like.)
      Haste makes waste.

      Thanks for agreeing with me anyway.

      It is NOT disrespectful to patronize an OPEN SHOP. They deserve your patronage just for being willing to be open during a snow storm.

      And I’m not being patronizing when I say any of this.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 1:07 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.4   Canthz_B bang

      LAtoLouisi, I’m not angry about it or anything. You probably just made an honest mistake.

      Try proofreading before you post. ;-)

      red velvet, shame on you for calling Danielle ignorant because she misused “then”. It hurts my heart.
      True ignorance is not knowing the difference between a character and a real person.
      Freddy Kruger is real, Jay Leno isn’t. :-P

      Dec 29, 2010 at 4:02 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.5   red velvet

      You are quite the character.

      Too bad you lack character.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 11:55 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.6   Sirius¤ bang

      ZING! That’ll teach you to fence with the master, CB!

      Dec 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.7   suck

      Lecturing someone about trolling for the last word while posting lame-ass zingers elevates one to “master” status? Oh.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 4:28 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.8   Canthz_B bang

      OMG! That was so clever!! I’ve NEVER seen any comment better than that one on PAN before, red velvet.
      You are truly the wittiest person ever to grace these pages!

      One of us obviously has the superior sense of humor over the other, and you have surely proved which of us that is!

      Thank you! Thank you for sharing some of your wit and wisdom with us. We are all so very grateful!

      Dec 29, 2010 at 7:35 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #30   oi

    I agree it was dick move to put such a sign there but he had balls to sign it. I kinda like that. He is willing to face the consequences. Just saying.
    or may be other staff members signed it for him, then not so much.

    Dec 28, 2010 at 10:55 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #30.1   Lenny!

      That would be the best counter passive-aggressiveness. The other workers decided to push Rick under the bus and sign his name to ensure that he can’t hide behind the cloak of “the Dunks staff”. Priceless.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 2:43 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #31   Kir

    I love all you assholes implying that people who work at DD have no education. Because taking what work I can get to pay off the loans I accrued earning my master’s — which has netted me only a part-time position in a state with an obscene cost of living — means I’m a philistine. Charming.

    I worked that DD job during this blizzard, when my other job closed for two days in a row. I shut my goddamn mouth and did my job because I can’t afford time off. If my cheapass boss would rather pay us to be in a near-empty store and lose money for the day than close and risk any loss of revenue, it’s no skin off my nose.

    At least the plowmen were grateful.

    Dec 28, 2010 at 11:07 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   The Elf

      I don’t get the “uneducated” thing either. I did plenty of crap work before landing a professional entry level job. In this economy, there’s probably more overqualified people working jobs like this than usual.

      There are times when I think a year as in a retail establishment or food service should be mandatory.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 11:52 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.2   lagne

      I wasn’t implying that a person who holds a “crap job” is uneducated; I meant that if life has you in a spot you hate, you should do something about it; often, people choose to further their education in order to open more doors for themselves, even if they’re already educated. That’s exactly where I am myself. Definitely didn’t mean it as a slam… sorry if it came off that way.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 11:59 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.3   The Elf

      It probably just didn’t come off the way you wanted it too. Happens on the internet a lot, I think.

      In short, I agree that you should do something about your hated spot in life, if you can. The problem is the “if you can” and the time it takes to complete the “something”. In the meantime, ya gotta eat.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.4   lagne

      Yeah.. the “meantime” definitely sucks. It’s not an excuse to be a dick when you’re at work, but it sucks to feel stuck where you’re not happy.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.5   Celeste

      I used to tell my boss, “It’s your party.” In other words, if you want to pay me to do something that I think is stupid or pointless, fine. Makes no difference to me. Then I’d ask him, “Do you spell ‘anal-retentive’ with or without a hyphen?” Surprisingly, he would usually laugh.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 2:30 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #32   Sarah Ashley

    THIS is why I get my coffee at Starbucks.

    I had to be out during this storm, as I work at a newspaper. If I stopped along the way home to warm up with a nice cup of coffee, you bet your ass I would be emailing this photo to corporate.

    Shove it, Rick.

    Dec 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   Stephizzal

    I totally agree with danielle. all the people getting shitty have probably never worked in retail. it really goads me that the head office staff are allowed to ‘work from home’ in bad snow, yet we have to risk our life to limp in to work to sell stuff that isn’t necessary to people who don’t really need it, or risk getting fired. its not because we’re lazy, or whiney, or don’t appreciate our wages- but whether or not you and managers do, i consider my life to be worth more than a day’s minimum wage. but its hard to take this stance when you’re threatened with disciplinary action for not turning in. and it doesn’t make us bad drivers either- snow is DANGEROUS- really dangerous, EVEN for experienced and professional drivers, and the more cars on the road, the more dangerous it becomes. when the met office says ‘essential journeys only’ that’s exactly what they mean. buying jeans is hardly essential. retail staff are human beings, not slaves who should be grateful for any bit of pocket change at any cost to their safety. and we wouldn’t have to do this if imperious assholes like some of the ones on this page didn’t demand it, and encourage it, by making non-essential journeys in the snow.

    Dec 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #33.1   Nunavut Guy

      Wah,wah,wah………..move to Florida already.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #33.2   lagne

      Oh my god. Get another fucking JOB then. I know retail workers have to put up with unnecessary shit (because contrary to your assumption, I HAVE worked retail), and I wish you, as a retail worker didn’t have to put up with shit. But if you accepted that job expecting anything different, I don’t know what to tell ya. That’s part of the job. If you don’t like it, don’t do it. That’s not a matter of dehumanizing retail workers – it’s just reality. If you can handle it and do your job (frankly, I couldn’t), then quit bitching about it and expecting ME to kiss YOUR ass for choosing it.

      Dec 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #33.3   The Elf

      I have worked retail. I worked for a Mom-and-Pop operation who CLOSED during snow storms. I would have been okay to work during that time, too, as I lived only a mile and half away and walked the route to work more than once. But the owner recognized that sales would be down on such a day and so he didn’t think it was worth it.

      A boss who makes you come in during truly horrendous weather, especially if it is a snow emergency and cars are ordered off the roads, is an ass. Blame the boss.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 6:28 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #33.4   Stephizzal

      1. I live in the UK. Florida is a bit of a stretch for me :P
      2. I work this job because I need a part-time job to fund my MASTERS degree (yes, not all retail staff are idiots who should bask in the marvel of your ‘intelligence’ as they serve you.) I don’t get support from my parents either, before you start on that. Getting another job really isn’t an option until I graduate in the summer. I would not do this to my customers- I’m very polite to them. But asking to be treated with some respect, as all retail workers should be, is an entirely reasonable and workable request, and shouldn’t disgust you so much. I wouldn’t come into your office, or whatever, and call you the names the general public think it is appropriate to call us on a daily basis- is it too much to ask for people to have any degree of empathy at all?

      Dec 29, 2010 at 5:13 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #33.5   anglophile bang

      Look, it’s really not that dangerous to drive in snow. Have a car equipped with decent tires. Give yourself more room to stop and start. Don’t try to change both speed and direction at the same time. Don’t drive too fast. It’s not rocket surgery.

      I’ve been in the ditch three times trying to get in to work. All three times it was my fault–I was going too fast for conditions. I live in Wisconsin and I work at a hotel, which, guess what, doesn’t close because it’s snowy–it gets busier.

      Stop whining.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #33.6   tvelociraptor

      I have a degree. I also work retail in a mall, because I can’t find anything better.

      My store is open when the mall is open, and the mall’s hours aren’t determined by how many customers happen to be around, regardless of the weather. I’m not sure what sort of magical retail paradise you and Danielle work in, where you seem to not have to work if there are no customers, but I’d really like to know so that I can see about getting a job there instead of selling overpriced handbags to snooty bitches.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 7:39 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #33.7   Danielle

      My store is in a mall too…if our department stores close, we have the option of closing as well. The department store run on the same idea we do, no customers then close, even 3 customers and we all have to stay open.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 8:19 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #33.8   The Elf

      Tvelociraptor, you can try a mom-and-pop store instead of a corporate-managed store. Of course, you won’t get any benefits, but you will probably be treated better.

      Dec 30, 2010 at 6:54 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #34   Deenie

    Anyone who has lived in New England for more than a year and is afraid to move about in a snowstorm needs to move somewhere else.

    Dec 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   kc

    Hello!!?? Buy a pound of coffee and make it yourself! Not too hard.

    Dec 28, 2010 at 4:30 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   Danielle

    To cover all comments at me:
    I work 44+ hours a week.  There are in fact customers that are  far more rude then you think. I’ve been spat on, punched, threatened to be stabbed, cleaned up poop and all bodily fluids and have had my tires slit.  I watch people treat my sales floor as a trash can, throw merch. on the floor and verbally attack us. We as retail/service workers are treated as less then human. All we ask for is a little respect. On a day to day basis I love my job. It’s not my end goal in life but a way to pay the bills till bigger things. I come in early and stay late, work 6-7 days a week and am alway on call.  Asking that my life is as valued as the next isn’t asking to much.  Yes if my company saw no one coming into my store on a snow day we would close. If this became a trend we wouldn’t open at all on snow days. But the people who insist on coming out gum up the works. If your work says “no stay home it’s to bad out”, why can’t we get treated the same? Are you saying that what ever office you work at does less important work then we do? I don’t think they do, but your life is more important then the job. Everyones job is important, but your life is more important. Just common sense and kindness go a very long way.    

    Dec 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #36.1   Canthz_B bang

      Not less important work, Danielle. Different work. You say that if people didn’t come in, your store would close and you could go home or have a day off. True.
      But people do come in. The purpose of retail establishments is to be there to take in money when customers are willing to spend it.

      I think it’s part of the business models they present to the banks when they get the business loans to start their companies…that there’s a customer base willing to buy what they sell.

      People don’t come because you are open. You are open because people will come.
      Really, this isn’t that hard to fathom. The bean-counters at Corporate have done the business math analysis to determine where the open/close threshold is. Trust me, there’s a mathematical formula for that sort of a thing, not just someone deciding on a whim. (That Business Management course has finally paid off in a limited way! Huzzah!)
      They wouldn’t be open if they didn’t think they’d take in enough revenue to pay the overhead costs of being open. Costs like salaries, electricity, liability insurance and such, and still make a profit.

      I was never spat upon or any of the other things you’ve described by any customer (was called a ni**er once, but that was a once off deal offered up by a dumb-ass bigot who had a problem with simple math), but that may be because I never frustrated them by having such a bad attitude towards them that they reached the point of rage.

      No one goes to the store just to bother the employees. If they are irate, your job is to calm them down, determine what the problem is and solve it as best you can. If you get in over your head, refer them to the store manager. Don’t stand there arguing with them making the situation worse.

      Don’t treat your customers as if they are your enemies. People can feel your good or poor attitude, and they will react accordingly.
      Just offering a little good advice. Nothing personal. ;-)

      Dec 29, 2010 at 5:32 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #36.2   Nunavut Guy

      How did they know it was your car?Your little rant smacks of teenage lies.

      I work outside,70 + hours a week for 6 week stretches at a time;in the arctic.I’m not bitching,I choose to do this.

      Do you know who in the world cares less about your problems than you do?……………EVERBODY!!!!!

      Dec 29, 2010 at 5:50 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #36.3   Canthz_B bang

      Example…the day after Thanksgiving is one of the biggest revenue garnering days of the year. Why? Because most people have the day off, and they are free to go shopping. Retail workers work that day…really hard too.
      Should the stores all close on the day after Thanksgiving so retail workers can have that day off as so many others do? Or open their doors and take in the cash?

      It’s called “Black Friday” because that’s the day many businesses books go into “the black” for the year, not because it’s a sad day for retail workers because everyone else has the day off and they have to work.

      Again, the difference is that you work in retail, not in the corporate world. You are a service worker in an economic system based upon people freely spending money. Money they cannot spend if the shops are closed.

      Why do you hate America? Do you want the Terrorists to win?

      Dec 29, 2010 at 8:22 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #36.4   lagne

      Danielle,

      I’m sorry you’ve had to clean up poop and body fluids. Seriously. That DOES suck.

      But everything else you’ve griped about is either your company’s policy, or issues of morale related to your company’s policy, NOT a customer issue.

      If you feel that strongly about it, maybe you need to approach management about closing when there’s a weather emergency. Maybe they’ll listen, maybe not. But if your store is open, and I need something in it, I’m coming in. I refuse to feel guilty or ass-kissy for doing so, because I, the customer, did not hire you under a policy which requires you to work during a snowstorm.

      I’d like you to answer a question that someone asked earlier: If officials tell people to stay off the roads, to the point where they’re ticketing drivers for driving – does your employer expect you to break the law to work your shift, or are you given a choice?

      Dec 29, 2010 at 10:56 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #36.5   CremeBrulee

      Jesus, Danielle – where do you work? Felons-R-Us? I’ve worked in retail, and I was never spat on, punched, kicked, threatened with weapons, called names, or had my property damaged. Yeah, some customers can be assholes, but in my experience, the vast majority AREN’T – and most respond in kind when you are friendly and respectful.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 1:17 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #36.6   Danielle

      How did they know my car… Employee parking lot, I was the only one working, not hard to figure out. I work in a major city with a high crime rate, I deal with all types of people. From the sweet and kind hearted to the nose bleeding addicts. Also to answer if I don’t show on a snow day, snow emergency or not, I lose my job. Corporate has stated as many other offices have that if no customes show they would close. The $100 we make on a snow day just covers my days rate with about $20 left over. Not worth staying open for. However if we do close customers have called to complain. That’s part of my point, the respect issue. Some of you have stated that you stay in or wouldn’t complain that a store was closed. There are people out there that feel the world should turn around them and can’t understand why a store would close when they need a $10 shirt. It’s the same as the people who demand I open the gate at work 30min after we closed and the registers are shut down because they have a return. I’m all about customer service, I’ve spent hours calling stores across the US to find and ship a customers item because we don’t have it. Have worked around return rules to help out, picked out whole seasons wardrobes and even dressed customers. I’m good with people and enjoy my job. However like I said before, kindness and common sense go a long way, as does respect for other workers in every field. If you get to stay home in bad weather, why can’t we?

      Dec 29, 2010 at 3:54 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #36.7   suck

      “answer if I don’t show on a snow day, snow emergency or not, I lose my job. Corporate has stated as many other offices have that if no customes show they would close”

      that’s stupid, and should be changed.

      still not the customer’s fault.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 4:31 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #36.8   Stephizzal

      i think you’re all missing the point. if there was no demand, there’d be no supply. if customers thought twice about unnecessary trips to the shops in the snow, retailers would think twice about opening. thats mine and danielle’s point, if i can speak for her.
      where does it end? would you expect us to drive in if there was a bomb threat? a hurricane? i run the risk of being stranded in open countryside 15 miles from my home when I drive in to work in the snow… where do you draw the line?

      Dec 29, 2010 at 5:21 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #36.9   lagne

      I think YOU’RE missing the point. *I* am not the one expecting you to drive through snow/bomb/hurricane/WWIII.. your employer is. Blaming customers for your employer’s policy is just ridiculous. I understand what you’re saying, but the bottom line is that your employer, not me, calls the shots as to whether you’re required to work. Bitch at them for their greed and their requiring you to drive through blizzards and bombs. Do not bitch at me because your store is open.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 5:46 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #36.10   Grace

      Danielle, either you’re making up some seriously dramatic crap for the sake of selling your story, or you have some self-esteem and boundary setting issues that need to be addressed. If you would really stay at a retail job where your life was in put in danger (punches and death threats and “all” bodily fluids, oh my!) on a daily basis, then you should probably consider seeing a therapist.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 7:18 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #36.11   Danielle

      I’ve been in retail for 7 years, part of high school and now as I further my education. I’ve moved around company to company. Customer like the ones I’ve talked about don’t happen all at once or at one location. They do however exist. I have friends who bar tend and have been attacked because the customer didn’t like their drink. Things can happen in any line of work. Mostly customers are kind. You get about 1 or 2 a day that yell and scream about the return policy and we do what we can to make them happy. Most people understand that I don’t make the clothes or the rules and don’t take it out on me. However think about when you are out shopping and you’ve seen customers get mad at cashiers, it happens. Some times it just gets out of controll, but that’s once in a blue moon. We as retail/service workers just have to put a smile on our faxes and push on. Talk to some of the retail workers in your lives, they will have tons of stories of customers losing their minds. It comes with the job no matter what location you work in. So I don’t have any issues, but thanks for the concern.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 8:34 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #37   bliffit

    To paraphrase JFK, “We choose to make these trips to Dunkin’ Donuts in the snow, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”

    Rick isn’t criticizing his customers, he’s awestruck; and his sign shows an appreciation for those who take great risks for uncertain rewards. Congrats, your huge gamble paid off. Now come on in and get that well-deserved cup of joe.

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:18 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #37.1   zomboid

      oh good, i thought i was the only person who didn’t think the sign was actually complaining about being at work.

      you people are like coiled springs waiting to leap into a state of high dudgeon at the least (or non-existent) provocation.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 7:10 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #37.2   The Elf

      It *is* the internet. What else would you expect?

      Dec 29, 2010 at 7:27 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #37.3   zomboid

      on MY internets, i expect sharply-honed intellects and the finest conversation known to humanity, nothing less

      Dec 29, 2010 at 8:01 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #37.4   Canthz_B bang

      Crap, zomboid, there’s snow falling outside in some places. What you ask is hard work, and no one should work when snow falls. The world is supposed to stop.

      Dec 29, 2010 at 8:08 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #38   meethinks

    Rick,
    I’m a nurse on her way to work a 12 in the ER. Quit whining and please give me 2 dozen assorted doughnuts and one of those cardboard boxes full of coffee. It’s gonna be a long night, and everyone at work will appreciate your being open so we can enjoy this treat.

    Dec 29, 2010 at 4:04 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

     
  • #39   Canthz_B bang

    Reminds me of a Steven Wright joke, something like:

    I went to a 24 hour store, and the manager was locking the door. I pointed to the sign that said “Open 24 hours”, and he said, “Yeah, but not in a row.”

    Is Dunkin’ Donuts a 24/7 operation still?

    Dec 29, 2010 at 5:17 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #40   Jenn

    I know a lot of places around my town (not too far from Salem) were closed due to this storm. Rick just wanted to be among them. I was also working. I can sympathize. Hopefully he’s saving up to pay for some sort of schooling.

    Dec 30, 2010 at 3:15 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     

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