27 thoughts on “August 29, 2017

  1. I get it now.

    He wanted Coop to stay in Grumbels forever and never want to better himself. That’s the ultimate revenge.

    To see him trapped in a crappy retail job, while Sanzen succeeds.

      • Nice, I wouldn’t have caught that but it is fitting. Cooper always hated the job and working for Grumbles even to the point of starting an anti Retail Blog (though Cooper was promoted almost a year before Keith’s return and revenge)

        BUT to Coopers credit, he has made the best of it. He has a full time position with benefits and better pay. A much better boss then the one he had when he really hated the job. A girlfriend that he seemly has a future with. So it is not all bad. He has been happy in his current position in life.

        Let Keith think that he has his revenge and let it go and be glad it wasnt anything worse.

    • Or, Sanzen wanted Cooper to be given more responsibility, so that he can manipulate the shrinkage down severely and get Cooper blamed for it.

  2. I remember reading (a long time ago) an old folk tale about a poor cobbler who was constantly scraping to make ends meet, in a town that was practically owned by a wealthy man living in a huge mansion.

    But while the rich man seemed to have everything in life that he could want, it was the cobbler who had the happier life.

    The cobbler had a beautiful and kind-hearted wife who loved him, friends who he could always rely on, and spent many happy days and nights with the people he cared about.

    Meanwhile, the wealthy man lived a lonely life in his mansion. He was always surrounded by people, but they were not his friends. They cared only about his money, not him. In the end, the rich man found little joy in life because he had nobody to share it with.

    Cooper has friends he cares about and who care about him, a girlfriend who loves him, and he seems happy more often than not.

    Keith is an asshole, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the only reason people hang out with him is so they could leech off his money.

    Let’s see where this goes.

    • that is, sort of, my train of thought here as well.
      Sure, Cooper isn’t working at his ultimate dream job and has money problems from time to time, but he’s certainly in a better place than he was a while ago as a regular stock worker hating his boss.
      Not EVERYONE needs to climb the corporate ladder all the way to the top to be considered successful, in my opinion. Having a job you’re good at (and Cooper is good at it!), having a life outside your job that makes you happy, and being happy with your life is more important than getting promoted to the top just to be alone, or stressed out constantly.

      • Exactly. That’s one of the themes of the Hamish Macbeth mystery series by M.C. Beaton. Macbeth is perfectly happy being a village policeman and resists all attempts to be promoted, which would mean moving to a city he hates.
        I have no desire to be a manager–when the position opened up, I went to our over-boss and told her that [colleague] would be much better at it than I would be. She probably knew that already, but [colleague] got the job, and she does it well.

  3. Baw ha ha ha, and you thought the “ambition” comment was low. I sure didn’t see this coming. I’m not sure if anyone else did.

    • We kinda did, we just assumed an arc this long had to have a bigger payoff than Cooper realizing he wasted his life. I mean, this comic used to be relatable.

      Now if a stockboy needs to realize he wasted his life apparently it needs an elaborate conspiracy arc that lasts months.

      Sorry but it makes some of us wonder what the point of this comic is now.

  4. Perhaps Cooper’s promotion places him in the spot to be the fall guy for whatever else Sanzen has in mind. If this isn’t all a dream. In a comic.

    • That’s what I’m predicting, Otherwise if the other commenters are right, Cooper is exactly where he was before, but he might want to look in the mirror and maybe change things.

      • Now that Sanzen has rubbed his nose in it, it seems like Cooper should no longer be satisfied with his life. That may be the real revenge.

  5. Bahaha, clever, clever Sanzen.

    His revenge is to not just trap Cooper in retail hell forever, but to make him care about it, take it seriously, to buy into the meaningless process he used to be above.

  6. Promotion meant he gave up Cooper’s lounge and started having to take responsibility. He went from hourly and getting overtime to a salary grunt working around the clock. Cooper also saw his chances of escaping Grumbles grow fainter and fainter. I’d don’t think there needs to be a fall. That would be freeing and a mercy. This is a much slower killing of the soul.

  7. This sounds as if Sanzen were somehow in control of whether Cooper remained at Grumbel’s and that he received his promotion to Stock Supervisor. There’s no way Sanzen could be in control of that. It happened after Marla was made store manager and she pretty much insisted on it much to Stuart’s disgust, and he had to agree to it. It was during Sanzen’s 5 year banishment from the mall. How could he have had any control over it? How could this be his revenge?

    Agreed to the above comments about Cooper probably being happier than Sanzen in spite of his big house. Though I’ve always loved big houses and wish I had one.

    • At least it’s honest. I used to think “flexible hours” was a positive but it’s not. It’s flexible to them not to you. You work whenever the schedule they make suits them, weekends, evenings, holidays… not the hours you choose.

  8. I think it’s just paranoia that Sanzan wants. He’s senior VP, he controls the numbers, and controls Cooper’s job. He wants to make Cooper paranoid, thinking that Sanzan can get him fired after any audit.

  9. This plot line kind of borders on the absurd unless there is more payoff coming. Coop is a young man, plenty of time to take his life in a different direction if that is really the point here.

    • Depends on how you define “young”. The comic started in 2006. So Cooper must be about 30 now. Not exactly “old” but he’s wearing a pretty deep rut by this time. He’s going to have to work harder to change fields.

      • We learned a few years ago that Cooper, Marla and Val are all in their 30’s in fact Marla is pushing 40! They look young in the strip but they’re not. Donnie and Heather are still young, probably early 20’s and so is Amber, but others are older than you’d think.

      • I define 30 has pretty young, but it’s also sort of a cliche to have all retail employees “unhappy” to this degree. I spend 25 years in retail and enjoyed my job immensely.

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