31 thoughts on “June 10, 2017

    • Yeup. One nice thing about an office job is that you can insist everything be done over email so you have a chain of documentation when a boss tries to gaslight you. Retail, you just don’t get that extra layer of security.

    • We probably will be back at Grumbels next week with Crystal – maybe the Monday after that we’ll be back at Delmans.

      • Not everyone likes the story arcs and we’ve been in story-mode for 9 weeks now. Going with Crystal seems like the next step in this storyline, but Norm may give it a break to let her settle in. So, I’m predicting a week of one-offs to make the non-story people happy.

  1. I’ve never worked in a large department store like Delman’s, but it is beyond me how someone so patently evil as Mina could long survive. Who hires people like this? Is the DM blind, deaf, and dumb? As a manager she may have an acceptable bottom line, but surely there would be rumbles of employee dissatisfaction, complaints of harassment, and a high turnover, and that should appear on any upper-management radar.

    • I have lived through a DMs inability to face facts. I have seen half the staff walk and then the replacements follow suit in not one but FOUR different stores trying to find a fit (during my time) within the district only to hear it couldn’t possibly be the fault of the SM. He (SM) worked for the company almost 20 years until we got a new DM who cleaned house. Unfortunately the new DM isn’t much better. He forced our SM out (into a store that was closing so that she inevitably lost her job) and then put a newbie in who hasn’t got a clue. But b/c he hand picked her, he doesn’t want to hear anything negative since he needs to save face. I’ve come to learn it doesn’t matter how much of a stink is made, in the eyes of a DM it’s always just the underlings trying to make waves.

    • I worked in one department store with multiple managers. One of them favored Women’s, and whenever she closed, she would go through my department (Children’s) and throw clothes on the floor so the whole store would have to stay late because of us. Meanwhile, Women’s would rountinely leave their department trashed, and this manager would act as if it was the rest of the store’s fault. Everyone who didn’t work in Women’s hated her, but the response from upper management was usually a shrug.

    • How can people be so blind? This reminds me of the old joke:

      “An organization is like a tree full of monkeys, all on different limbs at different levels.

      “Some monkeys are climbing up, some down.

      “The monkeys on top look down and see a tree full of smiling faces.

      “The monkeys on the bottom look up and see nothing but assholes. “

    • It’s the “ignore the problem and hope it goes away” school of management. And you know that uncle that none of the kids wants to be alone with? Same idea, cranked up to eleven.

    • I don’t think this is retail-specific. I’m sure the same kind of things can be found in many types of jobs. My suggestion: follow the cheese. (The reward system of the company.) As long as someone plays into the “cheese” of their supervisors, there’s a good chance management will turn a blind eye to the problems. As long as Mina makes her bosses look good (until she backstabs them), they’ll allow it. You don’t sack a manager that makes their numbers.

  2. SHE’s a piece of work!? Sorry Mina but nobody would outdo you in the “piece of work” department. Incredible! Well, Brice, what do you think now? Are you sorry now?

    • Doesn’t do much good when Mina basically admits she said it, but that it was “just a joke” That’s the line used by bullies all the way from the playground, to the upper levels of management and politics.

  3. She twists every fact around – I never said that – okay, I said something similar and you misheard me – okay, I said it but I meant it as a joke –

    OMG!!!!!!! I was once MARRIED to this bitch!!!!

  4. I don’t know about the rest of you, but that last panel makes my blood run cold. Yeah, I knew Mina was “bad”, but she just kicked it to a new level of “you can’t win because of my twisted logic”.

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