Gunning For A Promotion

| Working | January 22, 2015

(I work in the garden center of a large department store and am covering a lunch break in sporting goods. A manager who is notorious for being controlling and generally incompetent happens to come by and notices the gun cabinet is unlocked.)

Me: “Oh, yeah. A customer wanted to look at a gun. He just left. I was just about to lock it back up.”

Manager: “I don’t want you letting people look at guns. You aren’t trained to sell guns.”

Me: “I know that. I wasn’t going to sell it; he just wanted to look at it. That doesn’t require any training. They have a safety clip only we can take off and there’s obviously no ammo in them.”

Manager: “I don’t want you letting people looking at guns. What if they hit you over the head with it, knocked you out, and ran out of the store? They would have just stolen the gun.”

(I was looking for a promotion, so I just smile and nod. Later, I am talking to the sporting goods associate.)

Me: “[Manager] told me not to let people look at guns because they could be used as a club. I wonder if she realizes that less than a hundred feet away we have completely unsecured and uncovered axes and machetes in the garden center, along with enough pool chemicals and fertilizers to make a crude bomb without anyone noticing.”

Coworker: “Yeah, I’ve never heard of that policy. She’s an idiot.”

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