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Where do you hide your Sloppy Joe mix???? 
Nov. 24, 2009 8:25 pm 
Updated: Jan. 2, 2011 5:45 pm
Work has been going well and all the family is really falling into a routine including me. I have always enjoyed working with the public but here lately there seems to be a burning errmmmmm uber irritating question at least 4 or more people (I kid you not, are sloppy joes really that popular!?!?!?!) per day feel the need to ask...........where do YOU hide/keep YOUR sloppy joe mix. Well let me first assure you I do not personally and intentionally hide the stupid cans of sloppy joe mix in the deep abyss (AKA the stockroom) of our store from unsuspecting customers. Since ownership of said mix seems to be mine I will tell you I keep it on isle 2 and if you open your eyes and READ you can find it yourself quite easily actually. Depending on how many times per day I am asked or how the day is going my feelings can range from happily showing them where it is after they were told (granted they didn't argue with me about where it was)  and still can't seem to find it, to wanting to throw it at them (preferably from isle 6), or plain wanting to punch them in the face.  I'm thinking of making a GIANT sign that says "Find your elusive Sloppy Joe mix here on isle 2 where I TOLD you it was" but I figure that wont work since they cant read the can it comes in. My second thought is to make recipe cards and attach them to my shirt so they can make the darn stuff instead of relying on a stinkin can. I know I seem bitter about the whole thing but our store is not big, 6 whole isles, and I swear to you the same people are asking each week. If your feelin spunky go to your local small store and ask where they hide the sloppy joe mix and watch the reaction you get =)) (granpa did that this week and I thought a co worker was going to snap even tho he was kidding) or track down a random employee and ask for a fruit salad recipe or perhaps there favorite flan recipe you would truly be suprised at the questions people ask. Happy day all thanks for stopping by and don't dare ask, muhahahahahaha!!!
Nov. 24, 2009 8:44 pm
See I knew that wouldn't work, lol. I'm thinking my only other option is to convince the store manager we need a pallet of right by the front door so it's the first thing seen. I don't know why but thats gotta be the most asked question in that store.
Nov. 24, 2009 8:45 pm
Oh funny! I had to ask someone where the foil cupcake liners were recently. I don't know how many times he had been asked this but he was ticked! Went stomping to the aisle where they were supposed to be muttering the whole time about lazy customers! lol! Anyway they were not where they were supposed to be. Sad to say I got a little satisfaction from that! I always get the ones that are having a breakdown. :)
Nov. 24, 2009 8:48 pm
LOL!! Reminds me of when I used to check groceries, I would get so mad at people who walked in 10 minutes before closing! I just wanted to throw their groceries in the bag and tell them to get the heck out! It can be challenging to deal with the public at times. :) It is good to hear your family is getting into the new routine. I love your humor, it makes for a great blog!
Nov. 24, 2009 8:49 pm
That's hilarious Rae, I could never be outwardly rude to a customer because that's just not my nature but I gotta vent sometime, lol. I bet he has been asked that tons lately which is a reasonable question given the time of year. I don't get the whole sloppy joe mix thing tho. All I can figure is this year many local Pueblo homes have got to be having sloppy joes for turkey day.
Nov. 24, 2009 8:50 pm
I can not tell you how many times a week I ask unsuspecting sales clerks where the Haiti's is your Joe mix? They get this Wild, crazy,murderous look on their face, kinda like yours.You know I kid cuz I wuv ya! I am so sorry people are BLIND as bats! I would wanna Smackem too! Try and resist Sweety. Count to 10 or 100 which ever the case may be. I hope you have a terrific Thanksgiving to you and your family!! Patty
Nov. 24, 2009 8:50 pm
lol Seely, I actually work with a lady that will tell people we have 6 mins till we close if you can't get what you need in that time you need to leave. I about fell over when she said it. I'm glad you enjoy the blog I'm really not a rude person but I have evil thoughts so I gotta voice to someone besides the customers and ya'll are a great audience.
Nov. 24, 2009 8:51 pm
Maybe for day before Tday :) Easy quick I suppose. Maybe y'all just need a big flashing sign with an arrow pointing Its here Its here!
Nov. 24, 2009 8:54 pm
Patty, on my way from the stock room to the front to CLOCK OUT someone stopped and asked me and I swear to you I couldn't help it I just started to uncontrollably laugh. He thought I was a complete lunatic but I guess that's better than finding his beloved joe mix upside his head =)) I'm off for Thanksgiving, woo hoo, and I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday.
Nov. 24, 2009 8:55 pm
After I asked a store clerk where the prosciutto was and they replied with an (very perky, yet) infuriating, 'That's cheese, right?'... I just ask other CUSTOMERS.
Nov. 24, 2009 8:56 pm
Ya know Rae, they did put me on the safety committee maybe I could convince them not having a flashing sign makes an unsafe work environment ;)~
Nov. 24, 2009 8:59 pm
I always ask customers too specially when I'm at Wal Mart finding someone that actually knows where to find something is nearly impossible too many departments in that kind of store.
Nov. 24, 2009 9:08 pm
Sheesh! Those store clerks don't know Anything! LOL I hate it when you ask one where is the so and so is and they say" I don't work in that dept" Then I do Want to play Wack a Mole with their heads!
Nov. 24, 2009 9:11 pm
Thats exactly what I mean Patty. My store is very very small so anyone who works there knows where what you are looking for is.
Nov. 24, 2009 9:20 pm
If I ran a store any size, my peeps would know where everything is or help the customer find out how to get what they were looking for. Not just brush them off with I don't work in this spot.It seems rude to me,saying I am tooo busy with my self to help you customer. If it wasn't for that customer, Buddy, you would be on the unemployment line! JMO:)
Nov. 24, 2009 9:22 pm
Exactly Patty thats kind of why I prefer the smaller stores. Like I said before it irritates me to death but I could never be rude to a customer just not my style. I will walk ya to whatever it is you can't find or need.
Nov. 24, 2009 9:29 pm
Wish I was there so you could! :):) Thanks Darlin!!
Nov. 24, 2009 9:44 pm
Heidi, I worked for a few years in Wal~Mart as a Demo Lady and learned quickly how wacky customers can be! I could not believe how rude some are and how so many are such slobs! Most of my customers I enjoyed but there were a few I would like to have been able to run and hide when I saw they coming!
Nov. 24, 2009 9:44 pm
When I saw them coming!!
Nov. 24, 2009 11:43 pm
Howdy Heidi! I actually got a little chuckle out of this blog because you so quickly reminded me of my early life. I worked for Safeway for 10 years starting in the early 70's. I worked my way up from carry out girl (on the cutting edge, it used to only be boys), to clerk, to frozen food manager. In those 10 years, believe me, I saw it all. Like your store, back then, we were required to know where everything in the store was. We were schooled in the "this is who pays your salary", and the focus was always on customer service. Thank goodness some stores still practice that. It really is the bigger more successful stores, that have the worst customer service. Just for giggles sometime you should go into a busy store and ask for the most obscure thing you can think of. The person that goes out of their way to find it or direct you to it, deserves to have you compliment the management for their outstanding service, and that store also deserves your business.
Nov. 25, 2009 5:23 am
Those that have eyes that do not see! I have been known to be standing right in front of something but am unable to find it! Not that I can't read, it's that the item actual exists in some kind of time void for me! I'm glad my family understands my predicament because it can get embarrassing!
Nov. 25, 2009 6:44 am
alol gigi aint that the honest truth!!! Most of our customers are awesome (and are regulars) but then we have the few and far between that don't have the manners God gave a goose.
Nov. 25, 2009 6:46 am
Hmmmm Avon maybe I will venture out on Black Friday and irritate the clerks of my larger chain store, muhahahahaha could be fun just gotta think of something obscure to look for.
Nov. 25, 2009 6:47 am
Ohh that time void exists for me to Sueb. Looked high and low for my pumpkin pie spice last turkey day, couldn't find it anywhere, store was out so I had to mix my own. 2 days after Thanksgiving low and behold I found mine, I knew I had some =/
Nov. 25, 2009 6:59 am
Reading this reminded me of something.....although I haven't worked out in the public for nearly 10 years. It NEVER fails that no matter what store I'm in, someone ALWAYS comes up to me and asks the dreaded question "Do you know where I can find _____?" Do I LOOK like I work here??? No joke...this happens to me all the time! If I'm feeling generous (or if they're an old person)I will usually help them. Happy Thanksgiving, Heidi!!
Nov. 25, 2009 9:22 am
i'm one of those people who can never find the sloppy joe mix. i only buy it maybe twice a year. i always wonder, what is it? is it with spaghetti sauces? sauce mixes? salsa? whatever its with, its never where i expect it to be. ppl should just put it with the hamburger buns so ppl will decide thats an easy meal and buy both at the same time.
Nov. 25, 2009 5:21 pm
lol, 1gdcowgrl. I had to shop after work today and I never thought I was going to get out of there from being stopped and hearing where is_____.
Nov. 25, 2009 5:22 pm
I agree ummkhalid or right at the front door so its the first thing ppl see, lol.
Dec. 5, 2009 2:35 am
Absolutely love, love, love your sense of humor. I think you have a little " Roseanne" in you. When I checked groceries, my biggest pet peeve was those people that would wait until you total everything, and then start looking for their method of payment. Looking for their bank card, or checkbook, etc. Like they didn't know they were going to have to pay for it. Keep the blogs coming, they're great. Thanks.
Dec. 5, 2009 7:20 pm
LOL, I know that one well. Or the people that know they only have -x- amount of money then make you void the 100 bucks worth of stuff they overbought, lol =)) I will have to blog again soon since I had a rather interesting day at work thx for stopping buy and enjoying my blog!!
Feb. 5, 2010 11:53 am
Thanks for the review of the Heavenly white cake. I am going to make it for a Valentine Party. Keep your fingers crosssed! I am fine about all of the extra bowls. You are right about the "science" part.
Dec. 30, 2010 12:22 pm
Lol, too funny. I would send them to the condiment isle and ask them if they can find Heinz Ketchup and then tell em to wing it. Cute story!
Dec. 30, 2010 12:44 pm
OK, I really try to search and search for items and then finally ask someone for help, only to find that I passed by it 50 times. I am so dumb!!! But I'll never ask where the sloppy joe mix is at because I know where the bell peppers, meat, and other ingredients are for homemade sloppy joes...the only way to go.
Jan. 2, 2011 5:45 pm
Hey, saw you're from Arkansas - I am too. Always have lived here as well as my parents, etc. Hope you have a great new year! :)
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