A is for Awful, B is Bl**dy Awful
17 posts • joined 11 Nov 2013
Ditch the overstaffing and cut prices around 30% and the might have a viable business. I went into one on a trading estate at 6:30pm one Wednesday evening and there were two staff that I could see out back (playing football with a lump of bubble wrap), three wandering the empty aisles and two on tills with no customers... now I'm no HR specialist (although I do work in retail), but I do think that level of staffing would be more commensurate with a Saturday!
I always chuckle when I recall the three way branding split - Maplin (consumers and small stores), MPS (business customers) and Mondo (superstores instead of corner shops) - I said back then that it wouldn't last and would push them over to a more consumer oriented operation.
Personally I would have invited the director to join the trip as a bribe to bend the rules and allow the PFY to come along... the bastardry being that I would engineer a situation on day one involving a sedative, the director, three tubs of lard, a goat, a Filipino ladyboy and a smoked salmon... thus providing ample ammunition for future "negotiations"!
That said, the brown paper bag is one of my favourite tricks - although I prefer the air-bags that tend to be used to protect stuff in transit these days as with the paper bag you have to avoid rustling the paper!
I knew of an early eurobeeb (circa '83) still running daily up until late '13 on a pick and place machine - it had to go as there wasn't an easy way to transfer new placement files and hand entering all the data was too cumbersome! Sadly I was half an hour short on saving it from being hammered into pieces.
This is why I never put anything in my hold luggage of any value/importance - those little locks take about 10 seconds to bypass even on good quality hard cases. Plus there is also the risk of your bag being sent on a round the world trip - especially if you are travelling via LHR T5!
...erm I think you are thinking of the Vogons, who are generally somewhat easier to deal with than the inhabitants of the so called "Land of the Free (subject to terms and conditions....)".
Thinking about it ... given the increasingly similar appearance of the two & that the output of much of the American music industry increasingly resemble Vogon poetry ... I can understand your mistake.
>> Yorkshire Puddings
Flour, eggs, milk & a pinch of salt - into a tin with some hot veggie oil (or fat) and into a hot oven
Similar mix to above, coat fish and into boiling veggie oil (or fat)
Peel and chop some humble spuds, soak in water for an hour or two then into boiling veggie oil (or fat)
... not rocket science
>> curry from Bradford
ah, you have me there...
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