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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

popcorn prepper 2


POPCORN PREPPER 2
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What inspired the original article ( the repeat was inspired by nothing more than Article Selection Block ) was my job at a movie theatre.  I was working as a manager at a gas station/mechanic service place and we had just popped out kid number one.  I didn’t need extra money for that because the then wife worked as a nurse and they got 100% medical free at their hospital.  But we were planning on moving out of the Late Great State Of California as soon as kid #2 was old enough, so the second job, along with asset liquidation ( read: MY assets liquidated, her assets moved at an expense exceeding their value ), was our nest egg for the journey.  Yes, in the end it was almost worth it since I had been trying to leave the state since the early ‘80’s a decade prior and it never seemed to stick until that time.  The second job didn’t bother me-it was fun.  Who wouldn’t have liked free movies at the time ( Terminator 2, The Bodyguard, Unforgiven, etc. )?

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All my co-workers were young punk teenagers, and I was the Old Man of the crew.  And while they were enjoyable to work with, they were also a bunch of degenerates.  No one gave much of a crap, and none of them wasted a whole lot of time until they were “teaching” me about stealing from the company.  Pocketing the ticket price and not ringing it up was the preferred method, but only a few gals had the coveted position and wouldn’t share ( our local theatre last year went to “tickets at the concession stand” policy.  Is this normal now, where you live? ).  The concession crew which I was on used the method of popcorn container re-use.  If the tub didn’t have butter in it ( making it too obvious it was used with soaked through grease spots ), it was put back in the stack of empties.  A count was kept by the cashier-the number of times he could pull this stunt-and the customer bought a popcorn without it being rung up, the money pocketed.  Since so much corn was thrown away, inventory was made on the containers.

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I never partook in the game, not from some holier than thou moral sense, but merely because I didn’t need the extra and I didn’t want to get caught and lose my free movies.  I wasn’t anywhere near as paranoid then as I am now, but I still possessed enough in embryo form.  I really had to applaud their moxie and imagination.  Grazing at a convenience store job is one thing, but pinching cash was new to me.  I have yet to do so, but again, out of paranoia rather than stern moral fiber ( even now, storage food galore staring at me every day, I only take what is allowed-I don‘t need to lose this job quicker than is going to happen anyway.  The flooding at work is much better, but we still haven‘t re-opened the thrift store.  I have no idea how long that can go on before we go broke ).  Of course, back then most jobs were small business rather than corporate-or at least small corporations which had yet to turn evil ( “QT” C-stores in the Midwest were a good example of a generally cool corporation.  Then I worked for “Dollar General” which changed while I was there-and what a bunch of douche bags they turned into.  The Army and Dollar General were two of the worst corporate mule molesting organizations I ever had the displeasure to work for ).

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Just prior and after Y2K I was working for a C-store chain down in Florida which were less bad than most corporations ( the South seems to be full of companies founded by very religious folks.  The original owner runs a nice ship, then his dumbass brats run it aground ).  I can’t remember the name for the life of me.  Anyway, they always treated me right and I got lucky and worked for a gal past menopause ( bitches are almost impossible to work for, but some are better than others ).  I didn’t feel they deserved my scorn or dishonesty.  I did help myself to a lot of coffee from them, placing it in my prep supplies ( all my guaranteed overtime went to regular preps.  Guns and ammo-oh for the thirty cent war surplus ammo and $100 Enfield’s of yesteryear- and sealed wheat because this was after all Florida and propane bottles and etc. ).  They wanted coffee dumped and fresh made every twenty minutes ( if I recall correctly ) and instead I went thirty or forty and took home the amount that would have been used anyway.  It was sealed in Mylar and I would have been a fool NOT to.  It was a shame I had to quite that job, I might have made a go of staying in the state.  Not that that would have been the greatest idea, but that alternate history does hold some appeal.

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Honestly, I have little idea how someone would go about stealing from work to fund preps.  The popcorn scam was all I ever heard about ( again, discounting outright theft or embezzlement ).  But who else would know better than you how to do so?  If applicable.  The point is, your company probably deserves to be ripped off.  When was the last time you got a raise?  I’ll bet it wasn’t the last time they kept giving you more things to do in less time.  And how often does your company screw customers?  If it wasn’t today, it certainly was probably no later than yesterday.  Now, let me put it this way for you.  If your company is a den of thieves, and they DESERVE to be screwed, and you don’t do it even if there is no chance of being caught, how are you going to survive the collapse when the rule of the day is Begger Thy Neighbor, regardless if they are good people or not? 

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10 comments:

  1. I make my job work for ME. Part of being able to do that is because I'm very good at what I do. The job requires travel (most always home at the end of the day) and they provide the vehicle. I have no problem shopping and or scrounging using that vehicle. If you take out travel expenses that reduces the overall cost of a trip to costco etc. I have done range trips on their dime. But at the same time I'll say I respect my boss and when he asks for something extra I do it. Works for us all. I guess taking is taking?

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    1. Of course, if you have an idiot boss ( 99% of us ), all that doesn't work well.

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    2. My boss is cool. He only passes shit down to us when he has to. We all answer to shitheads in another state. I have told him if he ever leaves he has to take me with him. I know how lucky I am in that regard.
      The hair looks extremely shinny today!

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    3. I straight up told my boss that a good boss protects their people from corporate but a bad one just passes down corporate dictates. She's still sucking corporate rectum.

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  2. Being a part owner (even a trivially small part) gives me a decent feeling that I shouldn't really consider taking any more than I absolutely need to in order to do my job, from my job. But were I to work for any of our major nationwide competitors I couldn't see being as honest.

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    1. Our metal recycling center is employee owned-I don't think there are any others like that locally.

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  3. Years ago I worked for a Albertson's grocery store in So Cal
    All white kids and some adults hitting early 30's. The manager and co-manager would grab food or liquid drinks off the shelf and consume in front of us the employee's
    The manager had no problem grouping the females in plain view either.
    So they had a bingo type game going for the customers and some of the female cashiers would 1/2 empty a box of Mac&Cheese and fill the rest up with these bingo #'s. Fill the form and send in a friend to collect the $10.00 to $1000.00 winner and the A hole manager was payed back without a clue 2 him LOL!
    The Janitor, a young 19 year old from a very rich family would push the floor cleaning machine through the liquor section at 3 in the morning, open the lid and drop in a gallon of booze, swing around do the next isle and open the other lid and plop! Another gallon!
    Head out back to drain the machine and 2 Gals. in his car.
    Every 1 knew who was stealing what and no 1 ratted any 1 out.
    I have always wondered if the 2 managers had acted like decent humans would any of this have happened?
    I know in today's world it's get what you can!
    James how do U resist the urge to grab some real nice things that have been dropped off?
    Just askin.

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    1. I'm allowed to take enough perishables to lower my food bill I'm happy. Like, whole wheat bread with nuts and grain, $4 at the store. That is my breakfast every day. Sure beats my old nuke bread. But, really, other than a few things like that, most of the rest is crap. The fruit is only good for drying, I don't drink milk, all the frozen convenience foods I refuse to eat, I eat cabbage rather than lettuce and we never get that in so I buy it myself ( and if I did eat the lettuce it is pretty nasty by the time we get it ). I don't care for Hostess since they changed owners. I buy butter rather than eating free margarine. I try to never eat out of cans if possible, so rather than steal those and get fired, I just buy the one to three cans I use a month. Nuke popcorn, even the very expensive brands, has gotten really crappy. I chock down a sandwich at work for needed calories, and those deli items are bad enough even free. Everything else just doesn't appeal to me as I prefer to prepare/cook everything myself and minimize processed crap. Doing it that way is cheap anyway, so work food is little temptation. Thrift store donations are on the other side of the building and I never deal with them, so there is nothing to know about to tempt me ( besides which, the books are generic and the clothes females and everything else needs to be thrown away. Besides, after trash picking at the Carson City thrift store for two years, I know how few treasures there are ).

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  4. My plan should I have seen mushroom clouds was to load up my car with food stuffs from the food factory I was enslaved at. I

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    1. My food bank looks deceptively large by the bulk of what goes out every day is perishables. My plan in the event a mob gathered was to run out the back door, then watch from a distance and laugh my ass off at the death and destruction over so little canned goods.

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