That's a good question! Given that the folks in the trades aren't
exactly known for having normal percentages of drinkers and tokers,
one could certainly reason that folks with experience and know how
might get turned away at HD. But, at a retail outlet, do you really
wanna be dealing with the addict subset of otherwise knowledgeable
tradesfolk anyway? I mean, they let those folks operate forklifts
near customers and all.
But I'd have to think that it's a 2nd order effect at best, and that
lousy pay, corporate drive to show earnings and revenue growth, and of
course, us creating our own hell as consumers by consistently valuing
low prices over quality service is likely more to blame for the
difficulty of flagging down a knowledgeable person at Home Depot.
However I will say this:
You can much more easily find a HD associate that knows
something about home improvement than you can a Guitar Center
employee that knows jack shit about what they're selling. So
it could be worse!
While on vacation, I was picking up something in a Home Depot in Mesa, AZ.
I overheard the manager thanking the one and only person checking out for
coming in on his day off. I asked the manager if help was hard to get. His
answer was yes..that they had even taken to trolling the shopping malls
looking for people who might want a job. And he said most of the people
they found, never showed up to work, even if they happened to pass the drug
test in the first place.
No - but the low wages sure bias things in that direction.
Actually, the local HD has some pretty knowledgeable people in a couple of
departments (tools and electrical). I have learned to look for the guys who
appear to be way past retirement age. They probably are retired and work
there to supplement whatever they do get in retirement benefits.
It probably means more drug abusers will be unemployed and therefore
less able to afford Internet service. So, while in the privacy of
your own home doing drugs, you will be less likely to come here in
this public place and act like an idiot for no apparent reason.
It's kind of too bad your parents didn't teach you to avoid drug
abuse, so the rest of society has to take up the slack. And you
wonder why the police act like your daddy.
But there's always hope.
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Subject: does home depot's drug testing of employees prevent qualified people
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Can't speak for HD, but I've had to pass on some good potential employees
because they failed or would not take a drug test.
I don't condone drug use of any sort, but the guy that smokes a joint or two
on Saturday night is far less of a problem than the one that shows up after
a night of drinking every day.
Hard drugs is a different story and no, I don't want to have any of them
working with or for me.
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