45 thoughts on “July 15, 2017

  1. It was always funny to see our store manager, in rare occasions (especially as they started getting rid of my part timers) cover the floor or work a register. They may say it’s easy and it’s child’s play to them…but once they have to do it, they are no better at it than a trained monkey would be.

    • I actually had a store manager and an assistant that were really good on the register. The assistant was one of the fastest in the store and the store manager was just really bubbly and outgoing while being able to deal with actual people.

      • I think a large part is if they started out at the bottom or not.
        I’ve had managers that began as associates and who know the store backwards and forwards, know the register and how to be with customers.
        I’ve also had managers who were outside hires, and froze up when they had to deal with customers who weren’t like the ones on the training videos.

        • It also depends on how willing they are to help out in the first place. If they’re outside hires but don’t mind jumping on register when the cashiers need one more, they tend to get good at that job and understand where the cashiers are coming from.

      • Wait. Your store manager knows how to run register? Our store manager nor his two assistants know how to run register…

    • I am not sure who I feel more sorry for, the poor staff member that had to train Stuart on a register or the customer he is about to ring up.

  2. When it comes to actually having to get into the trenches with the working folks, seems the decision making process achieved some clarity rather quickly.

    • My favorite saying is, “The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.”

      I can’t remember who said that but it’s spot on. And I have to say that in all the years reading this strip, as much as I’ve enjoyed it, this is the first time I just burst out laughing at the end! 😀

  3. When he was still Manager at what is now Marla’s store he had to run the register in Teen Apparel. I’m too lazy to look up the strip, but it’s also in Norm’s first book.

  4. It’s Stuart’s last line that resonates with me. I see more awful employees rehired because the Managers are desperate to fill spots so they don’t have to work it themselves. Instead of taking the time to hire new employees and train them right, they’ll take a crappy problem old employee they can refresh their training and through them on the schedule and call it done.

    • as a DM, he should actually be way too busy. You’re basically letting someone on a six figure salary run a register, that’s just burning money.

      It’s not really about being too high and mighty to do it yourself.

      • Yes and no.
        Yes, I see where you’re coming from there, and you have a point. On the other hand, I’m firmly of the opinion that anyone in management needs to get their hands dirty from time to time or they start to loose touch with the realities of the job.

  5. I figured it would come to this. Monday, I expect, we’ll get to see Brice’s reaction. Tuesday, with any luck, we’ll get to see Mina’s. That should be fun.

    • Next Saturday: Brice’s enthusiasm about returning to Grumbel’s comes crashing down when he realizes he’s been rehired as a cashier.

      Please, Norm?

    • I don’t think Mr. Suchet has replaced any of the management team in that store. Brice may have to work until he can find people to fill those positions. Still better than the nightmare he got himself into. If he has half a functioning brain, he will ask Marla for advice.

  6. It’s so funny, the very thing that sent Brice over to Mina was not wanting to work a register and now that’s what Stuart’s being asked to do. I knew with all this upheaval in the N.H. store he must be the acting manager for now and very desperate to find someone. And yes, he can do far worse than Brice.

  7. Assuming Norm has Stuart hiring Brice for store manager or whatever, return several weeks later for a one week story arc seeing if Brice has “learned his lesson” and treats store people with humanity and willing to bend when needed, or he resumes the same old by the book stiff Brice.

  8. Ahhh, the old “needs must” reality check. I look forward to the strips showing Stuart and Brice talking past each other but Brice returning to Grumbles. Mina and Marla – bring it on! Lucky for Marla, Crystal’s positive energy will get her through.

  9. Suchet? I think that’s the first time we’ve seen his last name. Is he named after David Suchet, the actor who played Poirot so well?

    • Oh, his last name was revealed a couple of times. Not sure WHICH strips they were, but in one strip, I think a Sunday comic, Cooper was coming in to pick up his paycheck and was dressed fancy. When some customer demanded some help, Cooper passed himself off as Stuart and when the customer took offense and demanded his name, Cooper cheerfully spelled out “S-U-C-H-E-T”. It was pretty funny.

  10. Well, it’s not a very high standard of comparison, but having Brice in charge of the store would be better than having Stuart as acting manager.

    Remember the time that Brice tried to tell Stuart that it was unfair that the store was being penalized for not having an item on display that the warehouse failed to send them?

    At least Brice is capable of recognizing the contradiction of expecting people to do something that is impossible for them to do.

    Also, there is always a chance, however slim, that Brice may have actually learned something from this ordeal and might be less of an arrogant know-it-all now than he was before.

  11. Well…if Brice really has learned his lesson, this could be a good thing. He’s shown before that he’s capable of personal growth. On the other hand, he could revert back to his old ways when he’s comfortable and happy. I guess we’ll see!

  12. For all his faults, I’m still impressed that Stuart was willing to pony up and do what needs to be done. Hopefully this whole experience will be a learning experience for Brice if he is given a second chance, and maybe seeing his idol work a register will make him rethink his high and mighty attitude. At least a tiny bit.

  13. Why do I feel myself cheering for Brice to come back to Grumbel’s?? Must be my extreme hatred of Stuart (and everything for which Stuart stands). On the other hand, Stuart and Brice would each get to eat crow…. that must be it. The fact that they will have to shove their arrogance aside…

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