My five hour shift stretched to seven plus on this surprising day
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
24 people like this
• Otis Orchards, Washington
19 Dec 16
@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.
• Gainesville, Florida
19 Dec 16
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
• Eugene, Oregon
19 Dec 16
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.
• Bournemouth, England
18 Dec 16
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.
• Toronto, Ontario
18 Dec 16
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!
22 Dec 16
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.