35 thoughts on “December 7, 2015

  1. There was a guy in the other day who asked one of my team to unload a uboat full of freight, not even in the area she was working in, to get to the bottom box so that he could have it to ship Christmas presents in. In a nutshell she told him no, that he could choose any number of the boxes that had already been emptied and if none of them suited him, we sell boxes in the first aisle. Needless to say, he was not happy and went to find another associate. I am happy to say he gave pretty much the same answer. I’m sure a complaint will pop up but I will back my team to the hilt, Corporate gives us X amount of time to process a truck (which there is no excuse for not meeting that goal) and we are not there to pander to pampered entitled ******** who think that the rest of the world comes to a grinding halt for their needs alone.

  2. Another case of “blame the lowly employee for things beyond their control.” I think I’d carry a stack of cards with the corporate office’s phone number on them to give to people like this. “Sir, I am not personally responsible for what size boxes the store carries. But here is a phone number for you to call to issue your complaint. Have a good day.”

    • So do we, my store sells a whole lot on eBay, so in many cases, a whole lotta boxes get repurposed in boxes that go right back out USPS, UPS, or Fed-Ex.

      • We reuse a lot of shipping boxes too in our house. We tend to have an entire collection at hand because we never recycle any truly usable box, and whenever we need to ship something you can quickly “erase” the markings on the outside of a box by either wrapping it in kraft paper first, or (my preferred method) disassembling the box and reassembling it inside-out. Gets a whole second life out of the thing, if not more. Not to mention cobbling smaller boxes out of larger ones if necessary.

        • using them like that is far better than putting them in a crusher for recycling because it does not use up the resources required to processes it into another form.

  3. Sometimes it’s a better surprise when the packaging doesn’t match the gift, for example a book in a shirt box. I wrapped a new cue ball for my aunt in a box meant for photos recently, it hid the gift well until it was totally opened and was easier to wrap!

      • I have an uncle who used to get us all t-shirts for Christmas, and he’d pack them in those rectangular popcorn boxes you can get at the movie theater. He had a hookup at a local theater who’d sell a stack of them to him. I probably still have one somewhere.

  4. People who want an item “in the original box” when it is an item that comes case packed or without a box. Just Saturday I had to try to explain to a lady that Squatty Pottys don’t come individually boxed.

  5. Ah, the old “I want, therefore it should be.” This strip gave me that and I still love it.

    They should have stocked boxes, though. And by “stocked” I mean “sold.” If they’re gone, they’re gone, and this moron would complain about “You should have known they would sell out.” You try working retail, buddy.

    • Sadly telling someone something they want is sold out can often be like pouring gasoline on the fire. “It says in your flyer that you have it! I am going to sue for false advertising! Why didnt you hold some back for me to buy?!”
      Some people just like to live in their own weird worlds.

  6. I’m surprised that basketball didn’t come in its own box. EVERYTHING comes in a box….well, ok, not really, but it seems like everything I buy is encased in one of those rigid plastic things that could survived nuclear strike.

    Story: When we were kids my brother got our dad an umbrella one Christmas. He wrapped it by sliding into an empty wrapping paper tube, wrapped the tube in Christmas paper, and stuck one end of the tube into a square box (also wrapped) as a base. At the top he taped on a cardboard disc wrapped in red paper. Voila! Traffic light! We always tried to disguise hard-to-wrap items so you couldn’t tell what they were. It was fun!

    • I once bought my mother a table lamp for Christmas, and I literally just wrapped the shade so it looked like a lamp shade made of giftwrap, and the base the same way. Put it together and it’s a lamp made of wrapping paper.

      I even set it up on a table near the tree to see if she’d notice. Of course she did, she’s Mom!

  7. Grumbels is committed to the Environment. By not using a new box, Grumbels is saving the water used to recycle such boxes as well as trees that would be cut down for more boxes.

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