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Old 05-11-2015, 11:24 PM   #4261
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...If I was going for an entry level job, I'd look at Costco.

I've heard good things about Costco as an employer. Also, you could be free sample lady.
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Old 05-11-2015, 11:32 PM   #4262
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I've heard good things about Costco as an employer. Also, you could be free sample lady.

Yeah, I'd be really good at that Andy. "Get your hand out of there!" "Wait until I'm done!" "You already had five!" "No soup for you!"
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Old 05-12-2015, 03:20 AM   #4263
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Dawg, you would not last at Buehler's. We had to be polite, and tactful when chasing away the gray-hairs that trolled the sample carts. It was a great, fun job to have, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
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Old 05-12-2015, 08:19 AM   #4264
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Dawg, you would not last at Buehler's. We had to be polite, and tactful when chasing away the gray-hairs that trolled the sample carts. It was a great, fun job to have, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
OMG! That's me you just described. I can get a whole meal at Costco on the weekends.
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Old 05-12-2015, 08:48 AM   #4265
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Because I shop for the "exotic" ingredients once a week, I have developed a strategy. I have a list for each location. I go to the customer service desk (if it is a LARGE store), or to a cashier (hopefully one who speaks English), greet the person by name, tell the person that I shop for a "catering company" and have a few items I need. Perhaps you could tell me in which aisles I will find these items? I jot down the aisle,I then thank the person by name. When I'm done, I try to return to the same checkout person, mention that yes, Mary, I found everything, thanks again. I have had exceptional service using this approach. I needed 92 individually wrapped chicken breasts and 22.5 kg of "meat counter" sliced bacon that had 14 slices per lb. He weighed out three different kinds of bacon so we could figure out which one was the one that would work for the recipe (supplier supplied loved bacon, but it wasn't sliced thinly enough to wrap around the chicken pieces--chicken breasts were smaller so could not be cut in two...it was one of those days when I had wished the proteins had been delivered when one of us was there to open the boxes). So there I was on a Saturday afternoon having to buy enough chicken for the next day's order and replace all the bacon. The man was so nice. Of course, I told him the story of why I needed so much chicken (and bacon). I asked if they had a "food industry" price. He said no, but he could give me everything for 50% off. Bonus! At the checkout, the gal at the customer service counter came over, offered to help me get the stuff to the car. I was really impressed.
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:33 AM   #4266
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At my Market Basket, they have stockers around the clock. They are that busy. Drive by there at 11 at night, and the lights are on. It doesn't matter what time of day you go there, there are pallets in the aisles. But if what I want is on the pallet and not the shelf, an employee will gladly get the box from the pallet or go in the back room for it. The store is so clean.

I can't praise the employees enough. They are so well trained to help the customer. And they are never grouchy about it. I can't say enough good things about this store.

Of course the one I go to in Chelsea is their Flagship Store. When they started to rebuild the name, it started in Chelsea. The old store, you had to wait outside for a cart on weekends because the store was so small and had reached the capacity allowed by the fire departments. You could fit the old store into the new one.

The employees get bonuses every year. Not may grocery stores offer that to their employees. I swear, if Arthur T. (the owner) were to walk in the store, the employees would go down on one knee and kiss his ring. He is that loved.
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Old 05-13-2015, 08:54 PM   #4267
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I have a not very well organized, tiny rock garden just outside my fence. The lawn care guys used the whipper snipper on it. All the violets are gone.

What were they thinking?
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:25 AM   #4268
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...What were they thinking?
The problem is, they weren't.
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I have a not very well organized, tiny rock garden just outside my fence. The lawn care guys used the whipper snipper on it. All the violets are gone.

What were they thinking?

And you PAY these guys?
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The problem is, they weren't.
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And you PAY these guys?
The condo association pays them. They are still the best company we have had. They do a nice job keeping the lawns mowed without cutting them too short. They do a great job of snow removal. They get there really quickly when it starts snowing. Then they come back as needed.
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