Yesterday the deli/frozen truck was backed in and waiting the moment I got there at 11. So I got the hallway and coolers ready only to find that he had grocery too. So I had to put stuff back in the coolers and get the backroom ready instead. Then after that I had to get the coolers ready again, and of course meat dept. hadn't bothered to get theirs ready at all so I figured I'd just drop their freight around all their carts and empty pallets. And the freezers were too full so I had to stack two pallets, and of course the driver came in to ask if there was anything he could do to help but I was done by that point.
A little after noon as I was doing the paperwork I heard them call me for a phone call. I knew it was meadowgold, so I ignored it. I figured I could say the refer on the truck was too loud and they would give up. They were persistent, however and I was called three times. Bret went into the cooler to look for me, then saw me rushing by with the paperwork from the truck to fax it and got mad at me and said, "Are you going to get that call!?" Well, no, obviously I hadn't heard it or I would have gotten it, wouldn't I? Idiot. Dennis, the old store director, he would have realized this and taken the call for me then informed me what it was about. Bret, oh no, he doesn't have that kind of sense. So I was forced to listen to meadowgold being snide about the order not being in so I explained I had only got there at 11 and trucks take #1 priority over anything and everything.
But I couldn't get the order out right away, I didn't end up faxing it till 1:00. This is because I spent an hour filling milk that's how bad it was. I decided to order by 5s. I figure the most this means is that on a pallet of 9 stacks five of them will be stacked 6 high and the other four will be 5 high. Good enough for me. And just as I was starting to write the order Bonnie told me returns needed to be done. I told her I had to get the order out by 1. So she started doing them, which was ok.
I finished returns around 1:30ish and was faxing the paperwork when Bret called me to the egg case. He didn't even give me 10 seconds before he ran around the corner to come find me with this disgusted "I can't believe a person like you even exists" look on his face and got mad that one of the eggs didn't have a tag on it and then told me to get this one product for this guy. So I ran around and found the price and the product then filled the eggs, which took a half hour because of how empty they were.
Then I did markdowns until 3:15 at which point I went on break. Then when I got back I made some pallets of empty crates then did the order until a little after 5. While doing the order I was by the yogurt and this woman and her mom were having an argument. The mom wanted to buy her grandkids all this neat yogurt, like the gogurts and danimals and the woman was all, "My kids don't get sugar, sugar is evil, I'm their mother and I decide what they eat". After her mom wandered off she explained to me that her kids get bouncy on sugar. Eh.I just thought her tone of voice was funny when she said sugar was evil.
Then I was by butter and this couple asked for the caselot cheese, which we did get in on yesterday's load.
Me, "How many do you want?"
Guy, "A couple."
Me, "...how many?"
Guy, "A couple."
Me, "How many so I know how many to bring out."
Guy, "A couple!"
Ok, thanks. I know the technical meaning of "couple" is two. But according to who you ask you'll find that the answer is usually somewhere between 2 and 8. If I'd brought out two and they'd said, "Oh, can I get one more" I would have had to run all the way to the back again. Is it so hard to answer a simple question? But then both of them seemed to have rather blank eyes.
After I ordered I filled coffee mate and broke down and worked the pallet of crate juice, then broke down a pallet of UNFI and put it on a wheeler (special nutrition freight), then stacked the remainder of a pallet of eggs onto one of the new ones and moved it out of the way. Then I filled yogurt. And that's about all I did. Also, someone seems to have misplaced my damaged product cart because I can't find it.
I ended up working until 8:00. When I came home we had chicken patties and I didn't get to bed until after 9 and probably didn't fall asleep until 10:00.
And I forgot to say that Activia went on sale for 5 cents off a week and a half ago and people were buying it like it was good sale or something. lol
And, on Wednesday I discovered that they had moved a portion of the non-foods backstock in order to put a metal cage in. Odd. Is it to put misbehaving employees? I asked Dennis and turns out it's for high-theft items. Because putting high-theft items in an obvious cage that's only 6' high is so secure. Without the cage even I wouldn't know where the high-theft items are. Now they're all going to be grouped conveniently in a cage. Dennis agrees it's stupid and anyone could jump over it easy. Apparently razor blades are considered high theft items. I really, really do not get this. Medicine I can understand, formula I can understand, even batteries, but razor blades? Anyway, so far we haven't been using it for anything but getting carts out of the way.
Oh, and usually Dennis gets in the way, but yesterday he was just super good at it. Left a cart in front of my cooler door while I was offloading the truck and I had to pull the pallet one handed and push his cart out of the way with the other. Later he was going through two carts of videos directly in front of the brown doors to the back room so no one could get through. Then as he was going home he left two carts in the middle of the back hall so it was hard to get to the offices, down the meat/frozen hall, or the backroom. How he managed it with only two carts was impressive. So I had to move those.