Jan 27, 2009

Someone in the decision making end of the hardware store has decided that a sure-fire road to success is to have more of what we sell on the shelves, and have less of what we don't sell. Pretty savvy thinking. How this affects me, and that is really the important question, is that I arrived at work this morning to find three times the normal amount of merchandise to be stocked. So, all day today and likely all day tomorrow, I will be stocking my old heart out. I actually perfer stocking to waiting on people, but it isn't one or the other. Our store has adopted a cat. We've had an obviously abandoned, white female cat hanging around the back of the store for awhile. Some of the employees decided to feed and water her and voilĂ , we have a store cat. The boss says that we must find her a home, but no one is looking too hard. The cat lives under a metal storage rack in the back outside storage area. She cannot come into the store because we have motion sensors and she would set them off. No one thought to provide a litter box for Miss Cat because she lives outside. Unfortunately, the cat sees the whole back storage yard of the store as her litter box. One of the dopey high school kids had to spend Saturday morning washing down the back area to try and rid it of the smell of cat pee. No good deed goes unpunished. Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky


Megan said...

Friend of mine works in a warehouse and they also adopted a stray cat. They now have like, 20 cats!

When I worked in the pharmacy we used to have to take turns "fronting" the shelves. I enjoyed that.

Coffee Messiah said...

I'm not sure I like the tone of "the dopey high school kid" ; (

Interesting how business is trying to stay afloat these days.

Although our dept is down to 4 days a week, others in our dept are down to 3 days a week.

Actually 2 days is more like it.

Review? Someone from Dec and two weeks ago are still waiting and I'm right behind them.

Raise? Unlikely, but the boss in NC has offered options on the job that are supposed to entice me. After the non follow through of promises last year, I'm not biting ; )

Reya Mellicker said...

Cat pee is so concentrated ... yuck! I'd rather wait on customers than clean that up.

Sweet of you though (all of you) to take care of the cat.

White cats bring good luck, you know.

Barbara said...

I love the thought of a hardware cat. Maybe you can put her to work finding mice or doing something useful.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

I've heard of bookstore cats and library cats, but never a hardware store cat...I like, will have to see if glenn who owns lakewood hardware (a most excellent small hardware store around the corner which I frequent) would consider a store cat!

cat pee is a problem though hope you guys can come up with a solution other than ditching the cat

Kurt said...

Merle - you should be serving the people! Stocking is for those who NEED a job.

e said...

You all are kind to look after Miss Cat, but a litter box is important! Cats will urinate in the spots they have used before, further concentrating the odor...Good luck.

dennis said...

It would be a good deed to care properly for the cat or to find it a proper home. Hmmf!