25 thoughts on “February 17, 2017

  1. Can confirm. Local government tells people to stay home due to a dangerous storm, people still come out and shop. I even heard once when we had a “shelter in place” warning on my day off, people were still pounding at the closed door while the staff hunkered inside.

    • I get it when it’s a grocery store or a gas station. People need food and fuel.
      To this day I will never understand the people who tried to corner me and berate me as I was leaving my job at a gift shop on a regular Tuesday with a snow warning. One guy informed my coworker and me, “My wife will KILL me if I don’t have an anniversary card for her,” and my coworker, a much sharper and braver woman than I, replied, “Sir, if you are truly afraid of your wife, I can give you the number of an abuse hotline. But I can’t sell you a card right now.”

      • out of curiosity- why would you need fuel if its the middle of a blizzard and nothing is open and you’re advised to stay off the streets?

        I feel like a lot of this could be avoided if people plan in advance– I always have extra food in the house and a case of a water.. Have enough stuff so you can be home for 2-3 days and survive.. Likewise in the winter I always make sure to have a full tank of gas when I’m driving.

        I don’t know I hear the “well these places are essential” but if you’re told to stay at home for a day while a storm passes, very few services are essential.

        • Diesel generators still exist. If the main power goes out, you can still have heat. Of course people don’t always think to keep them full and instead panic at last minute and need fuel at that point.

        • Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, nurses aids and others who work in nursing homes and the people who keep the utilities running all need to get to work. Police, fired department, ambulances, snow removal equipment drivers, the people who have to fix broken water pipes, and downed wires, or the ones who have to remove tree limbs from the wires before half the town looses power, these people all need fuel for their vehicles at the very least, and most also need coffee. The last sever snowstorm I worked (as a gas station cashier) we actually sold out of gas before morning. Several of the plow drivers who had enough fuel had to take gas cans to another station 4 miles away to bring back enough gas for the others to get there to fuel up. Buy the time my shift was over, the other station was out of gas too.

          • Yes, around here, they hire private snow plow operators to supplemeent the public ones. I imagine they go through gas as if was just being lit on fire in bad storms. And even if the public facilities would provide gas (don’t know if they would), much better to go to the closest commercial pump.

  2. We had a bombscare at a mall I worked in once. All the other units closed up and went home including the flagship/anchor store and cinema. But our head office insisted we, a pharmacy/health and beauty retailer, continue trading. It would be nice to think had the worst happened we would have given out bandages, painkillers etc but you know we would have had to charge for such things. I guess even a zombie apocalypse is a, ahem, fantastic sales opportunity.

    • The mall nearest me had a bomb threat back in the late 90’s and the mall management wouldn’t let any of the stores close! Mom worked at the Disney store that was in there at the time and they told the cast to close up and get out anyway.

      • That’s because the people who manage the mall aren’t in harm’s way. It’s no skin off their backs if someone is hurt or killed if/when the bomb threat turns out to be real. But oh, don’t you DARE damage their bottom line…

        • Pretty sure the police get involved in thise cases. Unless they’re not being called, which is probably some type of felony.

          And if the police tell you to evacuate, you *leave*.

          I’m surprised from a liability perspective. Whoever told you to stay *will* be sued if something did happen. And will almost certainly be criminally charged.

    • One of my friends had a bomb threat at her work (coffee shop in a store), there were Bomb Squad people coming in, and people still wanted to get their coffee. Same thing while a fire alarm is blaring and everyone’s evacuating. Even though there’s even a full scale version of that coffee shop like a block away

    • The office I’m at now will tell you not to worry about being on time if we have to work when it’s snowing, then will actually close the office if it is snowing THAT bad!

  3. My college was like this. -50 before windchill? Classes still happening. Some of the coldest windchill temps ever recorded in the Lower 48 were taken in that region that winter.

    Last time that campus closed was when it was under five feet of water due to flooding.

    • I was about to ask if you went to college in my state, but the flooding part make it less likely. The -50 wind chill is a fairly common winter occurrence here. This winter the city with the university had one day where it was the 7th coldest city in the world, only being outranked by some places in Siberia. Of course the Walmart was still open that day for all your needs.

  4. Re: staying open under a bomb threat, the manager at a big box I part-timed at many moons ago kept the store open under a bomb threat and the store ended up having excellent sales that day.

    He was immediately fired by the bigwigs at the head office for violating policy. The losses incurred from shutting a store down are vastly preferable to the narrowest possibility of the enormous lawsuits that would follow if the worst happens. Besides, if there was a corporate policy not on the side of immediate and total evacuation that got leaked to the public, that would be a PR nightmare..

  5. We closed for “Snowmageddon” several years back, but that was after the snow started getting bad and nearly the entire closing shift called off, as they were unable to get there.

    Since then we’ve closed early a few times when the temperature was well below zero and nobody wants to go to an outdoor mall at those temps. I’m glad my employer is smart enough to realize that if we are making close to $0 staying open, we might as well make $0 being closed and save the payroll for later.

    • Yeah, that is where the logic slips through on these things. “We have to stay open even if we only make one sell!” Well that one sell is lovely, but it is in no way going to cover the payroll, utilities, and other overhead by having a fully open store that day.

  6. A call center I used to work at gave me pushback when I called in on a day we got THREE FEET of snow. Employees cars got stuck in the parking lot when they tried to leave that night.

    When I worked at a Casino we had to close due to a Hurricane we had to have security forcibly remove a few guests from the slot machines.

    • We’re lucky with the call center I work in, being a lawn service, if we are even there and not on layoff, the company doesn’t have an issue if we’re running pate die to snow and if it’s as bad as you talked about, we wouldn’t even be open!

  7. My first thought was that if there were a blizzard, sales for the day would plummet greatly and somehow Stuart would find a way to blame Marla for the lackluster sales.

  8. Never seen the day after tomorrow, but I have seen the day after. I’m guessing day after tomorrow isn’t about nukes, cuz most stores were either vaporized or completely ransacked and empty in The Day After.

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