My five hour shift stretched to seven plus on this surprising day

Eugene, Oregon
December 18, 2016 12:52am CST
I was scheduled to work an easy 10 AM to 3 PM shift at the bird seed and feeder store, but people who had been cooped up for three days by our icy storm decided to brave the 30 degree weather and come out to buy bird seed, feeders, gifts for their bird loving friends, humming bird feeders and all manner of merchandise we carry. One of my co-workers and good friends needed to leave at three. There had been four of us to sell and cashier until then. I agreed to say a while and that became over two hours on this record setting sales day. I finally left a half hour before closing, having sat down for maybe ten minutes to eat a sandwich I brought from home. We are only open from 11 to 4 tomorrow. I hope we have more than two people working, since I am one of them! Photo is mine
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
18 Dec
Sounds like you were quite busy. What ever happened with your shoe selling job?
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• Eugene, Oregon
19 Dec
I bagged it after a few days that made me remember how much I did not like selling shoes.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
19 Dec
@JamesHxstatic It's funny you didn't remember that before you got started. A good thing you didn't give up your job at the bird seed store.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
19 Dec
@JamesHxstatic I guess I missed your discussion or I'm getting very forgetful. I know I wouldn't want to work for commission alone. I couldn't sell a bottle of water to someone dying of thirst in the middle of the desert. I'm not one of those guys that can sell ice to an Eskimo in the middle of winter.
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@JudyEv (88083)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Dec
That ended up a very long day. I hope tomorrow isn't quite so busy or else I hope that you get a bonus for Christmas! :)
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@JudyEv (88083)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Dec
@JamesHxstatic In situations like this, I usually say 'think of the money'. I hope you don't have heaps of things to do to get ready for Christmas. And it's sad that someone has lost a loved one so close to Christmas.
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• Eugene, Oregon
19 Dec
@JudyEv Yes, it is too bad that happened at this time. I guess he had a 13 year old son, was only 50 and was an ICU nurse. The money will be nice.
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@DWDavis (11230)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
19 Dec
I'm glad sales were so brisk on such a brisk weather day. I'm sure that made the time go by faster.
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• Eugene, Oregon
19 Dec
Yes, it flew by.
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@marlina (55381)
• Canada
18 Dec
Hope you do have more people working.
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Dec
Maybe most of the shoppers came out early and today will be more normal.
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@Morleyhunt (14230)
• Canada
18 Dec
This is the time of year that people think about bird feeders. The weather is turning wintry and we remember our feathered friends who are looking for food.
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Dec
Yesterday was really crazy. The cold weather really made people aware of the birds' plight. There were lots of gift seekers too.
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@celticeagle (109433)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Dec
Funny how people wait until so close to Christmas to get their gifts. You will have a nice check this time.
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Dec
Yes, there were many gifts purchased and many, many 20 pound bags of seed.
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@celticeagle (109433)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Dec
@JamesHxstatic ......Sounds like a back ache in the making.
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• Eugene, Oregon
19 Dec
@celticeagle Doing okay so far after my five hours today.
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@hereandthere (19683)
• Philippines
18 Dec
what a pretty birdfeeder, made prettier by the icicles. what is that tiny bird called?
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Dec
That is an Anna's hummingbird, one that stays around here all winter.
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• Philippines
20 Dec
@JamesHxstatic i had a feeling it was a hummingbird. i'm glad it found a home with you.
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• Eugene, Oregon
20 Dec
@hereandthere There are several around and they do not share well at all. I have two feeders and they are guarded fiercely by one bird each.
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@moffittjc (29513)
• Gainesville, Florida
19 Dec
Well, at least you should be happy that the bird seed business is booming for you! I can't believe that so many people have bird feeders and take the time to care about the local birds! I think that's great, and I'm excited that you guys had a record sales day! Hmmm...maybe I should get into the bird business here in Florida! lol
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• Eugene, Oregon
19 Dec
Yes, it was great for the owners of the store. We employees are glad to see it too. The owners are good people and know a whole lot about birds. Dan Gleason taught Ornithology for 35 years at the University of Oregon.
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@moffittjc (29513)
• Gainesville, Florida
21 Dec
@JamesHxstatic Sounds like Mr. Gleason has found a passion that he can make a good living off of! Good for him! It's really nice when people can follow their passions and make a career out of it!
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• Eugene, Oregon
21 Dec
@moffittjc Yes, the franchised branch has been great for him.
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• Bournemouth, England
18 Dec
As a very enthusiastic feeder of birds myself it's good to know that there is such a demand. Perhaps after this record day, any future combination of bad weather and Christmas shopping might make it easier for the company to predict how long workers' shifts should be.
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Dec
That would be good. We are the only store in town dedicated to birds only and have a high quality seed and suet, so it is always interesting.
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• Bournemouth, England
18 Dec
@JamesHxstatic What a great-sounding store! The sort of part-time job I would love (although I am sure it must have its negative aspects).
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Dec
@asfarasiknow Not too many really, I am glad to say.
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@beenice2 (2283)
• Canada
1 Jan
I hope you don't get too much customers today .
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• Eugene, Oregon
1 Jan
That was a crazy, record setting day. I won't be working nearly as much in January.
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@beenice2 (2283)
• Canada
2 Jan
@JamesHxstatic as long as you got work, and you are not too tired at the end of the day.
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@MarymargII (7400)
• Toronto, Ontario
18 Dec
I would love to work part-time in a store like that but the standing would bother my hip- perhaps too they were buying things for the birders on their Christmas list! That's the problem with retail- you always are asked to do extra hours!
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Dec
It is pretty hard on my legs after four or five hours, but I recover quickly.
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• Toronto, Ontario
19 Dec
@JamesHxstatic Yes for me it would be my legs, and my poor old feet
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@kevinakash (1945)
• Sri Lanka
18 Dec
seems it is a busy day. why do they open only from 11-4? tomorrow is a weekday know?
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Dec
Saturday was the day I wrote about and today is Sunday, the 11 to 4 day. We are a day behind you.
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• Sri Lanka
19 Dec
@JamesHxstatic oh i see. that's the problem
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@LadyDuck (103615)
• Switzerland
18 Dec
Oh my, good luck for today James, this work is becoming exhausting. Lovely photo.
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Dec
Thank you @LadyDuck! I had had a good night's sleep and will eat heartily before I go to work today, so should be fine.
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@LadyDuck (103615)
• Switzerland
18 Dec
@JamesHxstatic Good luck for your day, it was not very cold here today and sunny.
@rz3300 (104)
• United States
4 Jan
Seems like the people were really brave enough to head out, and that is probably much braver than I would be. Well you worked a little late, but at least that means some good business.
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• Eugene, Oregon
4 Jan
It was a huge day for sure.
22 Dec
hope you got some rest afterward. i bet you have a couple more busy days!! last minute shoppers are out in full force. well, my working days are now "done" unless they get some big parties which is rare come january... I really am going to have to hunt for something a little more steady darn it.
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• Eugene, Oregon
22 Dec
I wish you well with that! January will slow down and I will be working very little, I'm sure.
@PatZAnthony (11502)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
22 Dec
Having a small staff always makes the day too busy. Hope you don't get that many hours tomorrow.
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• Eugene, Oregon
22 Dec
They did call today, but I was only there for two hours to help with a two ton delivery of seed, quite a workout.
@jaboUK (48861)
• United Kingdom
19 Dec
It's nice that people think of the birds, even though you have to work twice as hard.
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• Eugene, Oregon
19 Dec
Yes, Saturday was crazy. Today was extra busy too with sales at least double what usually happens on Sunday.
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@teamfreak16 (30177)
• Manitou Springs, Colorado
19 Dec
The extra money is always nice!
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• Eugene, Oregon
19 Dec
Yes, it really is, especially during the holidays.
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@GardenGerty (86282)
• Marion, Kansas
19 Dec
People shop a lot before storms, and then when the weather breaks again. I do hope you have help when you need it as well.
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• Eugene, Oregon
19 Dec
We had adequate help today, though it was quite busy.
@JohnRoberts (32784)
• Los Angeles, California
18 Dec
Great photo with those icicles. The "juice" for the hummer wasn't frozen?
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Dec
No, somehow it had not frozen yet. I am bringing the feeders in at night and replacing them early each morning.