38 thoughts on “July 12, 2017

      • It is a state of being where you value another person’s well-being as much as your own.

        Importance of Self = Importance of Others

    • This is why people weren’t on Marla’s side yesterday.

      She should know by now that nothing good can come out of telling Stuart things like this. The man has no practical sense seeing as his insanity has rendered him unable to empathize with anyone.

  1. This is what local retail manager do. They make it work. Everyone else (corporate and customers) are idealistic and do not understand. Listen to Marla and you will *ALL* be happy. Don’t demand perfection because the woman behind the curtain knows how to make it work!

    • Not quite the same. Stuart has no issue with arrogance.

      His issue is with arrogance handled POORLY, i.e. without being in an actual position of authority, only a PERCEIVED position of authority.

  2. I mean, if I remember right Marla just kind of chose not to tell him because he was being a tool about quitting. But there’s no reason to tell Stuart that. XD

    • Brice insisted on pushing her buttons: the condescension, the “stop” hand, and not letting her get a word in edgewise. She may have been wrong not to tell him, but he made it clear that he didn’t respect her and wasn’t going to listen to her, so I really can’t blame her.

      • I remember Bryce saying “nothing you say is going to change my mind”
        ok then.
        (and no, I am not looking it up to see if I have it exactly right)

  3. Well…as much as I hate to admit it…Stuart has…Stuart has- *dry heave*…a valid point.

    If Brice hadn’t been riding on that high horse and actually let Marla get word in he would have already had the New Hampshire job. He would have been working as a manager of his own store, never had to deal with Marla, and would continue to move up the corporate ladder. Instead he kept riding his high horse all the way across a burning bridge.

    The way he left Grumbles was not smart. You can feel sorry for him for making a bad decision, but the fact that he made that bad decision is still a mark against him when considering him as a re-hire for your company.

    So yeah. I still think Stuart is bug brained twit, but from a cold, pragmatic business perspective I can see where he’s coming from.

    • I know, I also tasted some bile in admitting that while he’s still being a jerk, Stuart *is* being logical and practical in this situation. I also have to admit (dry heave) that I’m glad Stuart isn’t holding Marla responsible for not having mentioned it.

    • I think Stuart’s *right*. Brice’s arrogance cost him the spot, and why should anyone feel bad for him? The comic’s made it pretty clear that Brice is both a bad employee and a bad *person*.

    • As much as it pains me to say so, I agree with you and [ugh] Stuart. One of the most important lessons of the working world is that the toes you step on today might be connected to the butt you have to kiss tomorrow. Hopefully, this experience will help him learn that.

  4. Once again: I didn’t see that coming. Like some others I expected Marla to get flack for how she handled that. (Well, she’s still getting some flack, but for a completely different reason.)

  5. I’m honestly astonished that Stuart actually accepted Marla’s explanation without instantly blaming her.

    This isn’t even close to over yet, though.

  6. so, about this time next year Brice’ll be the DM and Stuart’ll be begging at Delman’s, right?

    nah. couldn’t happen.

  7. Appeal to what Stuart knows, money and corporate loyalty. He can offer a lower salary than he would have before, and Brice will appreciate Grumbles that much more for having experienced the alternative.

  8. Well, he seems to accept that explanation (it is only the truth) for now. Like I said yesterday, Brice kept talking over her and she couldn’t exactly hogtie him and stuff a rag in his mouth and force him to listen. As Stuart says, why should he feel bad for Brice now?
    .
    It’s something called compassion and realizing the man made a mistake, and we all make mistakes, none of us are perfect. Hindsight is always 20/20. And it’s human nature to try to rectify a mistake if we can. I can’t blame Brice for wanting his old job back (since he knew nothing of the better position he could’ve had). A lot of people would’ve laughed in his face and said “Hey buddy you’re getting what you deserve!” but not Marla because she is a kind person. She’s the kind of person we’d all like to have as a friend since she really cares about her friends, and in this case even someone who’s been a jerk toward her. Now how to get this across to a guy who cares for no one but himself. Hmmm. Good luck with this Marla.

  9. Leaving an employer to join a direct competitor would result in getting black listed. They would not be having that conversation.

  10. If I were Marla I would sell it this way. Stuart you desperately need a manager in NH and not that long ago you thought Brice would be perfect for it. He’s willing to admit he made a mistake and come crawling back. If you offer him the job, you get the manager you need, you’ll have Brice’s absolute willingness to toady, and best of all Delman’s and Mina get screwed.

    Since we know that Brice is getting paid more at Delman’s than he was at Grumbles, is it possible that the SM job in NH will just barely pay more than he gets at Delman’s? At this point I doubt that would stop Brice from taking it, but his reaction to the pay offer might be interesting.

    • The money isn’t the only factor. You have to weigh all pros and cons. The cons would be, possibly only making a little more than he’s making at Delmans as AM. Also the hassle of moving to a new state, who’s paying his expenses for that? They can add up! And having to move himself with no help from anyone. Getting settled in a new apartment (which he’d have to search out himself) which takes time. The pros would be being the SM, not the AM having to answer to the SM, but still having to answer to the DM which is still Stuart. And still having to obey all Corporate directives. Since this store in NH has been without a manager for a while they’d want him to begin immediately, he’d have no AM to help him, so he’d be working 7 days a week 12 hours a day (assuming the store is open 10-10), so when does he have time to find a new apartment and move?

        • I would have too: to zero. I would have quit rather than deal with that b.

          I usually make sure I have a job in hand before I leave. But I have left jobs with no notice when I’ve found myself working with someone whose leadership style is so bad, it is in my long term best interest to cut my losses and run (and save my nursing license).

    • The question you really need to ask is: why is Marla so determined to screw over *every single employee at the NH store* by talking Stuart into rehiring Brice, whom she *knows* is a execrable manager with terrible people skills and zero sense of loyalty to the company above OR the employees below?

  11. Brice will always act as male organ without lesson learn. I pitiful the people of new hampshire, should send black woman with glasses to lead them.

  12. I was really expecting Stuart to lambaste Marla, not Brice. What a pleasant surprise.

    Now Marla needs to pull back- she has a good heart in feeling bad for Brice and trying to help him, but she doesn’t owe him anything. Sometimes in life we make poor choices and we have to live with them, Brice made a poor choice- not in quitting, but rather not talking to Marla or Stuart. He now has to deal with the consequences of his actions and perhaps it will turn around when Crystal becomes jaded and can’t handle Retail because of this.

  13. Answer: You don’t have to. But if you still need management to clean up that store, Brice is available and you get to do Delman’s a bad turn at the same time. He’s also learned a hard lesson about the grass being greener.

    • He left on bad terms with the company once already, I am like Marla here in that I feel bad for him but that changes nothing about what happened. From corporate POV he abandoned the company once for a what he considered a better job so why trust him not to do so again?

  14. What strikes me is that he doesn’t have to feel sorry for Brice. Brice is in opportunity to go to employ his own method of leadership and be happy, rather than deal with Marla’s or evil-lady’s.

    It’s just a practical choice. No need to explain basic concepts to Stuart.

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