46 thoughts on “September 2, 2017

  1. I really hope Cooper gets a pick-me-up next storyline, or a good push to change some of his life. It’s been a while since we’ve had major character development for the side-characters in Retail.
    I remember he wanted to go to Trade School or something a while ago, but got thwarted by his car breaking down and Scooter being stolen. But that feels like ages ago…

    • Actually Norm has introduced a new element into Cooper’s Psyche that may linger forever. That is SANZENS revenge and it will affect the strip permanently I believe.

      • Only if he LETS it. Sanzen did exactly what advertisers do – make you BELIEVE you just gotta have what they’re selling, even though you really don’t.

        Sanzen’s ‘revenge’ only works if Cooper BELIEVES he’s miserable.

        Yeah, I get it. He’s in a ‘nowhere’ job, making chump money. But just because you can’t go out and buy expensive things doesn’t mean you can’t be happy. And if Coop is happy – Sanzen can’t win.

        The simple rule of life is to not give a sh*t what others think. The ones who agree with how you think are called friends. Everyone else is in the ‘doesn’t matter’ pile.

          • Nah, Cooper’s got a girlfriend, a nice house, a secure job (and excuse me if a secure job is kind of a luxury to some people these days), a nice boss and I suppose other interests in life. If he listens to the 1st person who barges into his life, boasting their riches and fortunes and blahblahblah, and tells him he’s a sad nobody and should just die of shame, that’s where he becomes the rug. If he wants to better himself, it better come from a personal wish to do so, not just because a rich nobody told him he sucks in his opinion.

  2. These results can’t stay this way forever, as soon as an audit is done by a different party (Sanzen can’t manipulate them himself forever) then those results will likely be so skewed in the wrong direction, heads will roll. The longer they’re manipulated, the bigger the ‘correction’ will be once it’s done right. That may take years though, possibly until either Sanzen is completely gone (retired, moved/new job, etc.) or the store is closed, bought out, remodeled, or moved.

    • That’s not how inventory works. Nothing, absolutely nothing that was being counted this year is even in the store next year. Or rather, will be missing next year. Stores cycle their entire inventory faster than once ayear.

      • I worked at a K-store once in 1997-98 in receiving. There were futons there that had arrived before I was hired. In 2006 I was desperate for a job and was re-hired there. Some of the same futons were still in in the stockroom. Same date on the DC label and everything. Stores get stuff they don’t need. And not much is heavier than a futon coming down a track because that company doesn’t palletize.

        • Good grief, futons are pretty huge and take up a lot of space in a stock room just to sit there for years and never be sold. I’m sure the stock people wished they could be sold even for a pittance just to gain back that space.

    • If the altercations are detected it will be Sanzen who will catch most of the fury. Everything he has done at the company will be called into question and how many locations will half to redo their counts or question their validity. Sanzen also is damaging his current employers reputation and they could face serious backlash and lost of trust in their ability to do this job. He could be looking at a serious lawsuit over petty revenge.

      Marla and company are not going to enjoy this as Zucchini head is going to flip and he will try to find away to blame them. Sanzen is playing with fire here and he doesn’t realize that he is going to start an inferno that will take him and many innocent lives in the process.

      • We may see this fall in a future story arc, but I predict it will focus on what happens at the store-level, not the details. Things that Stuart asking Marla why the shrinkage increased (from artificially low levels to realistic levels).

  3. This is such a rich man’s revenge. The poor man says “So I get to still have a roof over my head and eat every day? How tragic.”
    Though my view may be slightly skewed by having been unemployed for a few months…

  4. Cooper still hates his job? I agree with the Joe.

    He has a roof over his head.
    He eats every day.
    He has a car that works.
    He lives with someone he cares about.
    He has a boss (Marla) that goes to bat for him.
    There is a story about gratitude.

    Three men were working at the same job in a car assembly plant, putting nuts on a part. They were each interviewed about how they felt about their job.

    #1 I really dont like it. Its just a job until I find something better.

    #2. It;s ok. It puts food on the table for my family and a roof over our heads.

    #3 It love it. By doing what I do, I help make sure the car is safe so people can drive it to work, to do things with their families, and enjoy their lives, as well as take care of MY family with the money I earn.

    The story of gratitude. It is ALL in your mind.
    COOPER NEEDS GRATITUDE.,especially since, he is in so much of a better position than when SANZEN was there as I pointed out above.

    So you can argue with me that I am wrong, but remember that is just MY opinion.

    Thank you.

    • I read a similar story only it was about putting up a building. To one guy it’s just a job but to another he’s thinking of the ways the building will be a blessing to people and he has a part in it. I’d rather take the second guy’s POV. Things could be far worse for Cooper. When he was hourly, he struggled to get enough hours to pay his bills and said once he ate Ramen noodles 3 times a day. He had no health insurance and when he had to have a sudden appendectomy he had no money to pay until he won $20,000. Now he’s on salary so he has enough, and combined with Val’s money they probably have enough even if they don’t live high like Sanzen.

      • Look for a reminder from Val to jog him out of his sad reverie; to remember where he was before & where he is now.
        The difference between Sanzen & Cooper is that Sanzen is a rich jerk & Cooper is poor.
        Cooper could win the Powerball tomorrow & become rich but Sanzen will still always be a jerk.

  5. So this means the bad guy won (Sanzen) and the good guy lost (Cooper)? I hate when the bad guy wins. I hope there is something better for Cooper in the future.

      • And some turn a non political comic strip into a political one. If you want to bellyache about the president go to a political forum, TYVM!

        • And as always, some people can’t accept that other people don’t like the same presidents as they do, and dare to criticise them; so they cry themselves to sleep while whispering ‘snowflake-snowflakes-leftistsaresnowflake-snowflakes’, judging by the fact that at the slightest critic these people blow up in insults, lol (it happens on this comments thread often enough actually, by the same 2-3 persons).

  6. I guess the story arc ended up a little too philosophical for my tastes, especially considering I spent about 10 years of my retail career working in loss prevention and then inventory control. I can’t get around the fact that what Sanzen is doing with his “inventory manipulation” is seriously messed up and probably illegal in some cases. Good or bad results- businesses need accurate inventory results for a good read on stock, replenishment, loss, etc and they pay companies good money to take accurate counts. Yeah, I get it, Cooper has a sharp mind and could be challenging himself with a more creative career path, but a lot of people would be happy to have Cooper’s job. I guess if Sanzen is going to release accurate results at some point, it keeps some suspense and tension in the strip as we contemplate what that means for our heroes.

    • Based on what Sanzen said, and the fact that he’s living the extreme high life, I’m guessing he’s part of something downright illegal. A VP in a middle-tier company can make a lot, but not quite as much as he was shown having.

      Best guess would be fraud/theft, with a small but still existent possibility of being part of the New Hampshire mess that Brice is dealing with.

  7. So Sanzen’s revenge is making Cooper realize he’s undermining his own potential? Will we now get stories of Cooper making moves to be more risk taking and ambitious? Hmmmm.

  8. There is something else here that people are omitting. They are only focused on coop here. But I think this last shot is to show the real picture.

    Coop is not just down because he knows all this but what he says here at the end leads me to believe he’s more worried about how this will affect his friends. Coop likes the people he works with, that’s established. And almost all of them of who we have seen have gone to bat/changed his life/become friends.

    So Coop now has a horrible situation; he knows something bad will happen, a disaster if you will, but can’t really do anything about it. There is nothing worse then feeling of powerlessness, more so when you actually know why and there nothing one can do without ramifications to other you do care about.

    • If you don’t like it, start a comic strip of your own and make a better storyline. I love how so many people on here love to insult Norm and his story choices, but they’re too f**ked in the head with ZERO imagination or creativity themselves.

      • Fry – “Clever things make people feel stupid, and unexpected things make them feel scared.”

        It’s true with most of the common IQ on this site.

      • You apologists are so pathetic. Just can’t bring yourselves to admit that Norm cooked up a dud of a storyline here — something obvious to those of us with functioning critical faculties. I feel so sorry for you people.

      • While I don’t agree with much of the negative view of this arc, this forum is for opinions. Which people express. That’s the point. The reason this forum is more interesting (and more populated) than others from King is the breadth of perspectives. Not everyone is in sync. Just like the real world.

        I don’t recall anyone insulting Mr. Feuti. Just people saying they don’t like the storyline. Again, an opinion. The only person here I see hurling insults is *you*.

  9. As I said yesterday, I wouldn’t say it was a bad story arc. I think reactions to it have been a bit blown out of proportion because Stage 2 ended up hyped to insanity, and a lot of people were hoping for some epic showdown of crazy proportions.

    It’s like how some video games fail to live up to the hype. A lot of them aren’t bad games, but speculation on the game and what it would offer, especially if the features are kept hidden behind a thin veneer of ideal situations, ends up making people upset when the end result falls short of their expectations.

    And that’s what happened with Stage 2. I’m glad, personally, that it ended in a semi-realistic way. For those who wanted an epic win for the little guy, I suggest re-reading August 18th to September 6th, 2008.

    This story arc isn’t finished, just put on the shelf for a moment or two. If you ask my predictions on what we’ll get next, probably the Christmas Shipment followed by two weeks of filler strips to appease those who were hoping for a more dramatic conclusion.

    • *I* would say it was a bad story arc. It wasn’t interesting to me from the beginning, the story felt like it dragged on and on, and Sanzen’s square face and beard freak me out. But not every story is going to be a winner with every reader and I’ve seen complaints on days I’ve liked the strip.

  10. Are some people assuming a poor inventory result gets everyone fired? That’s not always the case, sometimes it just leads to a plan for improvement. I know Grumbel’s is a tone-deaf company, but I kind of doubt all of the characters in this strip lose their jobs unless that’s the direction Norm wants to take it. I mean, Marla was going to strike out on her own at one time and it didn’t happen. I sort of think, Sanzen is the one who is going to be exposed and dealt a severe blow at some point in this story and probably threaten Coop and the team again. This could go on as a subplot for a long time!

  11. Is this a Count of Monte Cristo storyline? I believe Edmund Dantes took revenge by giving prosperity to certain persons he despised and watched them destroy their own lives.

  12. Well, this isn’t what I expected, but then, what I was expecting was quite a detour from the strip’s heart which is to be connected to what happens at the store level.

    There’s a lot more to this episode, such as the details of what Sanzen did, but I don’t think Norm is going to take us down that rabbit hole.

    If we see any more of Sanzen, it will be passing mention: his arrest, or fleeing the country as his company does a Enron. We’re not going to see any Cooper/Sanzen interaction.

    We may see how the fallout of the collapse of EGRGIS affects the store, but that’s about it.

    I don’t know as we’ll see any changes in Cooper. Any change in the job will take the strip in a new direction. I could see he becoming AM (after Stuart leaves), but that leaves some holes in storytelling that would need be filled. We’ll see.

  13. So… in a few years will there be a ‘big shake-up’ and EGRGIS won’t be doing the inventory count, leading to a panicked Cooper doing everything possible to make sure it works out to keep the store’s record consistent?

  14. What if the master plan involved Sanzen hacking into Grumbel’s corporate computer system, lowering the supposed inventory of several stores (including Marla’s) to just above the physical inventory, and transferring the phony reductions to the New Hampshire store computerized inventory. He might then have set himself up as the forensic sleuth discovering the massive NH fraud/theft, making Grumbel’s corporate types most appreciative of EGRGIS, and EGRGIS very happy with Sanzen (promotion, bonus).

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