Read the post here last night and made a special run to HD early this a.m.
The clamps were on the shelf in ample quantities at the regular price. I
left disappointed. On the way home from work, I checked another HD. Same
thing. So this time I asked if they were on clearance. Clerk says he
doesn't know. Nobody told him. But, he did offer to punch one up. Lo and
behold, it came up 40% off. All of them did. I asked if the K-Bessey's
were also on clearance. He said "the what"? I repeated myself. So did he.
So I showed him. Christ, this guy works in the tool crib all day! Anyway,
the K's were regular price. I got a buggy and stocked up on Tradesman's,
including those cool three-way corner clamps of which there was only one.
So, I head back over to the HD from this a.m. At this store, the
Tradesman's are now marked down with yellow stickers. And the shelves are
nearly empty. I did snag one more 36". But, the three-way's were NOT
marked down on the shelf. I grabbed all they had and headed to the
checkout. They rang up correctly and I went home fat and happy.
As I type this, there is a story on the radio news that HD is going to
aggressively pursue "older" people to work in their stores. Why? Because
they want to tap into their knowledge, dedication, hardworking ethic and
passion. A great idea. Unfortunately, they won't get those type of workers
for minimum wage. Knowledge, dedication, hardworking passionate workers
cost more than minimum wage flunkies.
I took a financial planning class where the instructor started with
"Those of you in the class who don't think you need to save for
retirement, repeat after me: Welcome to Wal-Mart, can I help you find
The first chapter in the class was titled, "Save or Greet".
On Sat, 7 Feb 2004 20:55:10 -0500, "Young_carpenter"
Times change when the leader dies. <G> I wonder what ol' Sam would
have thought of the company buying life insurance policies, with the
company as the beneficiary, on the greeters, without their knowledge.
This practice is both illegal and unethical. I also wonder what Sam
would have thought of all of the illegally hired to clean the stores.
Witness the extremely aggressive licensing of the Atkins name soon
after Dr. Atkins died.
Actually, it is perfectly legal in many states. Unless I'm getting the
cases confused, I think the legality of the Walmart insurance purchase
is being determined by the courts right now based largely on the
question of what state's laws should apply. Legality and ethicality
are often not very closely related.
More significantly, unless my memory fails me, they were once a big
"made in the USA" proponent, weren't they?
Make the obvious change in the return address to reply by email.
It was one of their ad campaigns. Back when my part of the company
was still part of Texas Instruments, I had a friend in the calculator
division. He indicated that yeah, Walmart had this "made in USA"
campaign, but your price had darn well better be as low as what they
could get it for from a third world country.
Thanks for pointing that out, I was wondering when someone would
question how exactly volunteering one's time to a for-profit corporation
constituted a sense of community. Now, Sam hiring those folks for a
decent wage, allowing them the chance to get out and mingle with people
-- that would constitute a sense of community.
What a great deal. The wrkers will berecruited and traned under a $75
million Senior communityservice emplyment program, Guess AARP will use
$100/hr trainers to do this . Dennis Donovan, home depot executive vice
president for human resources, says "We have a need for qualified
employees. We're looking for people who have the experience , the
skills, the knowledge , and the passion.
Just another example of the way big business does things. Let other
people train them, we hire them for little $ s let themthink they will
earn more in a year or so, and move on.
I have no knowlege of the benifits the full time employees earn, but
would like to know how much they pay for health ins for a family.
Oh and Donovan said " we'll put everyone thru gh the same testing we put
all applicants through. We'll always hire the best, and that's what
we're continuing to do"
Well if they have the best now,,,, how come such low pay? And what des
that say about the aarp recruited?
Forgot to read more on this story in the tampa tribune. The program
helps people under 55 and under the povity level get training to update
their skills, redo their resumes, and learn job skills.
This just looks like more of the same
SOP . Can some one tell me how to get to the local Ace hardware?
Don't mean to blow your cool but they pay more than minimum wage for their
most experienced employees. Just so happened I was at HD the other night
soaking up their Bessey clamps clearance sale and I was talking with the
tool crib dude about HD's pay policy he told me that he was 20 year retired
seabea and was getting a starting wage of 13.85/hr and the most highly
experienced advisors specially those working in the kitchen cabinets dept
are getting paid 17.00-18.85/hr and all are getting premium bennies. Not bad
Hey Bob. Just because someone make minimum wage does not make them a
"flunky". The amount one gets paid has nothing to do with ones character or
dedication. If we were all making $150,000 per year you would not be able
to afford a hamburger let alone those clamps you just picked up for a steal.
I work part time in my buddy's bike shop at wages that many people
would consider insulting. I enjoy working there, and often get "fun"
assignments like teaching clinics, working community service events,
like school helmet fittings, and providing mechanical support at
charity functions. I am treated with a great deal of respect by the
guys who own the store and my coworkers there. We ride together and
I count many of them as friends.
I get a kick out of the way some customers treat me. <G> As the
second oldest customer contact person in the shop, I'm often mistaken
as an owner. It's amazing how differently some customers treat a 38
year old who works in a bike shop once they find out he's only a
"flunkie" employee. The customers that act like asses are not
normally the serious cyclists, but the people who are there to buy
their kids a bike, or looking for a rooftop accessory for their
stylish new SUV. I smile, do my best, and suck it up.
I can't even imagine how 40-50-60 year old employees of the BORGs get
treated by certain customers, 'cause after all, they're flunkies! For
me, the number of idiots is normally pretty small, at the BORGs, it's
gotta' be huge.
I don't know about that. When I go into the BORG, if I need help, I try
to find somebody my age or older. The guys in their 60s generally have
a clue and better manners. i don't see them as flunkies, that's a job
description for the 20 y.o. not from this country bunch. The older ones
know the products and how to use them, in general.
Dave in Fairfax
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daveldr at att dot net
Thanks to whoever first posted the HD sale. I was able to pick up a
good selection. Regarding the "angle" clamps, the one's that have a
wedge to hold pieces at 90* angles, how useful are these? My store
had 4 at $15 a piece. Yes, that's right, I'm a newbie, who's in the
process of setting up his first table saw.
-Peter De Smidt
i love the 90 degree clamps - i own four of them, used them for about
three years now. they are quite useful for constructing cabinets.
for $15, i'd recommend it. but buy in multiples of 2 - i am tempted to
pick up another 4.
Peter De Smidt wrote:
You know - I looked at these clamps and wasn't thrilled. Seems an okay
deal, but not a really great deal. I think they were a little overpriced to
start with for their quality. For example, where the cast metal contacts
the bar, there is a set screw for reinforcement only on 1 of the 2 contact
points. Most other clamps in this class seem to deal with these cast
material contact points a little better than these clamps do. But - I'm
sure they work and probably won't fall apart real fast.
Now there's a pretty good deal. I have 4 of these things, myself. I can't
see getting 4 more before buying some other stuff, but they work pretty well
No K-Body clamps? Why on earth aren't you guys doing a little SPECULATING!?
You see, Home Depot has a 30 day policy - if it goes on sale in 30 days, you
get the sale price refunded.
Think the K-Body clamps will be on sale in 30 days? I notice they had a "do
not replenish" note on the sold-out rack of 24" K-Body clamps this evening.
They may just wait for them to sell out at full price - who knows. Probably
win-win in either case - while the selection is good...
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