Thursday, June 25, 2009
Stop Micro- Managing!
Today at lunch I ran into "town" to get a gift for a friend. I went into this little shop that has great stuff- just poorly displayed. I found a gift and took it to the counter.
For the sake of this blog I am going to give the workers names so you can follow along. Behind the counter helping me was Rita. Rita is in her mid- 30s and really sweet. She looks intimidated by everyone.
Sitting to the left of the counter at a little table by the free fudge is Helga. Helga is about 65- has on a fully matching outfit from toenails up. She was glammed out. I could tell she either A- Worked there or B- Owned the place.
So on to the gift wrapping. The Rita asked if I would like my item gift wrapped. I said yes.
She moved over to another area to find a box that it would fit into.
Helga- Do you know how to look for a box?
Rita- Yes I think I do.
Helga- But do you know how to measure it?
Rita- I will just eyeball it to see if it fits.
Helga- A great way to see if it fits is measure the gift and then measure the box.
Rita- I think I've got it.
Helga- Before you put that gift in the box let me see if I THINK IT WILL FIT. Yep I think it will fit.
Rita- Thank you.
Helga- Has anyone shown you how to measure out the paper for the gift wrap?
Helga- Well I will have to show you. Now take your box- line it up to the paper and double it around the box like so. Can you do that? Wait I will do it first and then you can do it after me.
Cylinda- Shocked and really getting impatient at this point.
Rita- I think I can do it.
Helga- Well I don't want you to waste paper and have to come back for more.
Rita- Okay go ahead and do it.
Helga- Now I have measured it - I am going to put a mark where I think you should cut it and you see if you get the same mark.
Rita- Looks over at Cylinda horrified.
Cylinda- Smiles reassuringly at Rita.
Helga- Okay go ahead.
Rita- Marks where she thinks the paper should be cut.
Helga- That is close enough- go ahead and cut it.
Helga- Now when it comes to wrapping has anyone shown you how to do that?
Rita- I have wrapped gifts at home.
Helga- We do it a special way.
Cylinda- About to just leave without the gift.
Helga- We like to make triangles on the ends like so.
Helga- You are not making those triangles the way I like them.
Helga- Now has anyone shown you how to make the bows here? We put stickers on them.
Rita- Yes it is just a ribbon with a sticker.
Helga- I will watch you this first time to make sure you are cutting the ends of the ribbon with a slant.
Rita- Cuts the ribbon.
Helga- Great - but I would make it more angled.
Rita- Applies the ribbon and sticker and walks over to me.
Helga- (I KID YOU NOT) sits down drinks her soda and says -this work is exhausting around here. I need to take a break.
Rita- Thanks for your patience
Cylinda- No thank you for your patience. Have a great day.
Rita looks at Cylinda dumbfounded.
I WILL NEVER GIFT WRAP AT THIS STORE AGAIN!!
Thanks for letting me vent! Happy Thursday!