36 thoughts on “April 19, 2017

  1. Brice, if you had any common sense at all, you’ll get any decisions documented and SIGNED.

    If you’re going to sell your soul, you might as well get fair value for it.

      • In the United Stat s, most people do not have contracts for work. You typically work “at will”, meaning you can quit or be let go at any time for any reason. Getting a document detailing your salary signed is smart because contracts aren’t usually a thing.

        • That’s insane. The minor advantage of being able to quit at any time without notice seems vastly outweighed by the billions of ways the employer can screw you over without being held responsible.

          • And that is exactly why most major corporations keep pushing state laws enforcing “Right to Work” and “At Will” employment.

          • quineloe,
            Exactly so. “Right to Work” and “At Will” jobs—which is most of what’s available in the United States also enable employers to ignore most laws protecting worker rights, health and safety. Employers will also, with impunity, deny injured workers compensation and dismissed workers unemployment benefits by making up stuff. Oh and anti-discrimination laws don’t apply either.

        • Hourly employees, yes you’re right. Management or higher ups in any corporation sign an offer sheet which details all of your benefits and salary. I’ve been out of the retail game for a while what does an assistant make these days?

          • That’s true, but the benefits and salary can change on day two of the job. There’s nothing to prevent that.

          • Salaried employees do have contracts and offer letters, but depending on the state, can still be considered at will and let go at any point. Even at will states still expect you to give two weeks notice, but they can’t sue you for not completing out your contract term.

          • No they don’t. Independent contractors usually have a contract. Most other workers in the U.S. – including a multitude of salary positions held by myself or my husband – are not contracts.

          • I am salaried and do not have a contract. Most salaried people I know don’t have them. I have a letter detailing my job description and salary, but that could all change tomorrow at the employer’s will.

    • Actually, in the United States, the notes scribbled on a napkin can be construed as a legally binding contract.

      That’s why, if one were to come into a large sum of money, and then a money manager sort invites that one out for a coffee to discuss planning of said money, one should not say “yes” to anything or leave said napkin scribblings behind for the money manager to take to court.

    • “If you’re going to sell your soul, you might as well get fair value for it”

      In that case, he’ll owe Mina money.

  2. Hoboy, this is going to be rich. Mina is a “kick down, kiss up” type of lady, one whose unbridled ambitions will take her to the top or see her die trying, while leaving a countless trail of broken bodies in her wake. Brice seems to be a padawan of the same school, looking out for number one above all else. I can’t even begin to predict which way this is going to go.

    • I don’t read Brice the same way. He may treat underlings like dirt, but I don’t think he’s the kind to break rules doing it – or put up with others breaking rules. I don’t think he’s going to be as easy to manipulate as Mina thinks. Pushing for better pay is the first hint.

    • I really don’t have a problem withBrice doing this

      He just wants to work somewhere that matches his work style and where he’s respected. He knows he’s worth additional compensation and refuses to be denied it.

      Mina contacted him first. He knows he’s worth it

      I mean sure his management style isn’t perfect but that’s beside the point

    • I had the same thought. Mina is trying to trick him. Brice is trying to negotiate. He’s being smart and proactive, ensuring he’s going to end up in the better situation. If Mina doesn’t have a response for this, Brice is going to see her for the manipulative sociopath she is. It’s win-win for him: Either he gets a better employment situation or a way to bond with Marla over a common enemy.

  3. Here we go, Brice. The amount should be big enough to make her eyes pop, but not enough that she won’t be desperate enough to do it.

    • Not necessarily. Sometimes a lateral move or different job at the same salary can be beneficial. A couple of examples:

      – I work in Department X at Company A but I’d much rather work in Department Y because I have a skillset more suited to it. I decide to take a job in Department Y making the same I was in Department X in the interests of furthering my career.

      – I work in Field A, but I’d much rather work in Field B (assumption here is I have training in both). I then take a job in Field B for the same rate I was making at my job in Field A becuase I enjoy the work of Field B more.

      • And Brice is currently working Position X at Company A, and is currently negotiating a Position X at Company B. No change in Department or Field, so it seems right that Brice wants a higher salary.

  4. Mina may have met her match. Brice is the sort to follow all the rules, in the worst possible way. And Mina’s true strength is backstabbing. But can she actually set up somebody who is such a stickler, and for whom documenting all acts may come as naturally as breathing?

    • Right?

      This and the one where he made sure to ask why the last AM was gone are probably the only two strips where I’ve actually liked him.

  5. The jig may be up. Brice will want more money (maybe not too much more but at least something more) but his other demands will include that he not have to work the register and I doubt Mina will agree to that.

  6. Brice– when someone who doesn’t know you at all comes in, offers you a job, then at the interview says you’re clearly a great manager who is underappreciated and keeps talking you up, you may want to stop and think… Why would she be so eager to have you? If it’s too good to be true, it’s probably not true.

    I could see Brice going back to Marla and saying he has another job offer for the same position with better benefits/pay, figuring he could get more out of Grumbles only to have Marla/Stuart tell him to leave and then he grovels for his job back after realizing, Mina is, in fact, too good to be true.

    • Yeah Marla and Stuart have already been through this (“I’ve had a better offer”) with Josh and don’t want a repeat so (at least they should agree for once in their lives) they’d tell him good luck with his new offer. Luckily for him at least the offer will be real and not a lie like it was with Josh. I wish we could get an update on him, what happened to him after Marla fired him?

  7. Brice isn’t QUITE as naive as he seems. Come on, Mina, you know that kind of rhetoric is for guilt tripping the lower ranking workers!

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