@Ignorant Do you guys not have propane taxi in your area? Best thing ever! Leave two empty tanks out front in the morning and have two full ones when I get home from work. I feel invincible when grilling
@communist@jst1ofknd Yep, just one of each.
I was in Walmart on Monday. Picked up a pack of toilet paper (free wood chunks included) and noticed the “1 per customer” notifications placed about every ten feet along the shelves. Was walking down the aisle when this Happy Hannah came steamrolling down the aisle with an empty cart and a mission.
I decided to turn my cart around because there was a log jam of customers at one end. When I reached Happy Hannah, I had to stop because of passing customers. Incredulously, I stood there watching her with my head cocked to one side as she piled up package after package of toilet paper into her cart. Sensing I was behind her, she stopped in the middle of her counting (she was at , turned to me and said “Oh, did you want to get some, too?”
It’s surprised me how fast my mood shifted from We can do this! feeling of sunshine and lollipops to Imma knife a hoading bitch.
“OH! I didn’t see the sign. Guess it’s a good thing you said something before I got up there.”
I looked at her with raised eyebrows for a second, maybe two. Slowly shook my head & gave her a sad, commiserating smile. With a long sigh I said “Yeah. God forbid we think of others.”
I pushed my cart past her. I felt guilty for being such a bitch for all of ten seconds because we need to be kind to each other now more than ever. That guilty feeling lasted until I reached the end of the aisle where it turned into angry frustration to discover the Hannahs of the world had snatched up all the eggs and butter, too.
@communist@jst1ofknd@LaVikinga Glad you showed some restraint! I’m not sure I could have done the same. My wife works in a local grocery store, and some of the tales she tells would shock the average person…
Case in point from last week: A Group of 20 or so people coming in, each buying their minimum, then turning around and coming back in…the same people in an orchestrated manner, going through again, and again, and again…Here they were loading up a big truck outside!
While I’m on the subject of Walmarts, I was at one in Carlsbad New Mexico that had gates at the entrance to prevent leaving at that door. Apparently this is a thing at other Walmarts too, even in Oklahoma. It just isn’t at the one I typically go to.
@jst1ofknd One of the Walmarts(there are 3 within 6 miles) closest to my dad is in a pocket of low income housing. They had to completely wall off the garden shop exits because they had an extraordinary high number of pushouts and grab & runs.
My youngest currently works at Walmart checking receipts (Asset Protection). The amount of hostility & rudeness she has had to endure in the last year is shocking. She is one of the most polite people you’d ever meet, but she also has a no nonsense approach to life.
If a customer has something unbagged, it’s her job to make sure the cashiers have not missed the items. Because her particular Walmart is in a “high shrink area” (shoplifting is rampant as well as attacks on AP and Loss Protection), the company wanted the receipt checkers to use their handheld scanners to scan the receipt codes on every single receipt as well as make sure the unbagged items were on the receipt.
We couldn’t convince her to quit. We couldn’t convince her not to touch the receipts but to instead let the customer hold them. FINALLY, Walmart had the good sense to not require AP to do anything other than use their eyes to watch for straight up shoplifting and skip checkers.
Since they can actually watch for theft instead of pestering Maude & Roscoe for their receipts (“Mom, I KNOW they paid for stuff because I watched the transaction. Walmart is losing money hand over fist because of their own stupidity!”), the number of shoplifters and skip checkers they have caught since last Friday has sky rocketed. It’s not that there’s been an increase in shoplifting over the last few days. It’s the fact they’ve been allowed to stop those who they have completely avoided the checkout area completely.
My library just sent out a big list of all the services we can use. Tons of stuff, it looks like on the surface, but they’ve massively crippled the libraries from really delivering content with caps and DRM restrictions (proprietary, and per service of course) out the wazoo. Sigh.
@jst1ofknd@mike808@star2236 In the future, we’ll have infinitesimal marginal costs for the distribution of text, a new Gutenberg revolution, giving everyone – book licenses with limited concurrent access.
Libraries purchase licenses for however many digital copies they decide they need or can afford, from the publisher.
For instance, for a likely bestseller, they purchase a high count of simultaneous copies-in-use rights for the first year, declining count of simultaneous usage rights in following years.
They undoubtedly purchased without thinking about “stay at home orders” and the effect on demand. Dedicated library users of instant download digital material are used to waiting for an open “slot”.
It would be nice if the publishers would offer a temp 2for1, or other discount, to the libraries for these media, for at least as long as schools are out and work-for-home is in effect. The publishers have the control here.
Don’t forget the publishers withhold titles or dont even offer them because they won’t “move the needle” during the current CEO’s tenure, so why bother. To them even digital overhead is still inefficiency that can be squeezed out of operations.