Aww, that IS the best part =D
I disagree. When I go into other retail stores than my own, customers always seem to think I work there. Maybe retail makes you stand a certain way, but I find myself fielding questions in Wal-Mart when I pop in on a friend.
Don’t even get me started on the local Play n Trade. Every single time I sell them something – last time was a console.
I work at a hotel and I get that all the time when I go to retail stores. Sometimes I wish I were generally less polite and helpful in those instances.
I’ve never had a job before and I find myself doing this every time I go to a store with either a Video Game or Toy section.
I think it’s some “I can help you with this stuff” pheromone nerds emit or something.
Im like that in auto parts stores… would another name for a gearhead be car nerd?*ponders*
precisely. i have explained that to my son and brother numerous times… they have since started calling me a “computer gear head”
Or…. Petrol head? That’s a pretty common use outside of the US.
heh. I’ve litterally had someone ask me and a friend a question about video games, that ended with “sorry to bother you, you just looked like you might know”. we had a good laugh about it later, though considering neither of us looks like a steriotypical nerd… though we had been standing in the video games aisle for 15 minutes at that point, XD
I own my own business and usually have a company shirt I made for myself and still get asked about things. I think it just comes from if you have a way you present yourself, you have a certain “sure of yourself” look that people single out. I did work at KB Toys at one time too, but I got asked in stores even before that.
At least once a week I get asked if I’m the manager at my place of work. Nevermind that I work for one of the largest truck stop chains in the US, most of our customers stop at our store specifically because they always stop at our chain (their trucking companies get corporate level discounts for dealing with us rather than our competitors), managers have nametags that say “Manager,” and my hair is barely short enough to not violate the “off the collar” requirement for male employees.
At the risk of sounding slightly modest, I vaguely resemble a skinny, half shaved sasquatch wearing a polo shirt when at work, but I apparently give off an air that suggests I’m running the place. Maybe it’s because I’m tall and lack any self esteem issues and as such project an air of command and confidence. Maybe it’s because I actually do run the place half the time while the manager on duty is holed up in the office doing paperwork mandated by corporate weenies. Unfortunately, dealing with that corporate weenie BS means getting paid about five times more than me (no joke, I’ve seen their paychecks).
Maybe I should just swallow my pride and ask for a promotion…yech.
I’ve totally done that! It IS a good feeling!
That is indeed. Never worked at a TRU or any toy store, but that hasn’t stopped me from stopping to help out parents looking for stuff every so often when I’m on the hunt.
Move from retail? Is Ethan heading up for retirement already?
Well, he is getting older what with the grey hair and all.
I know he is older but not THAT OLD yet as far as I know, unless he has some kind of late onset progeria happening.
Ethan is 31.
Word of God has descended to walk among the rabble.
Only 31? But he moped about being older than April O’Neill way back in 2005. And I remember reading in the 80′s that April is 28. So he should be at least 33 or 34 now.
Walkypedia says about Ethan: “YOB: 1978″.
God > Walkypedia.
Depends on the continuity. In this case, Ethan might specifically refer to April’s original toy bio card, which I believe listed her as ‘a young 25.’
Hey, I’m 34 and still haven’t spotted one grey hair. Half of Ethan’s head looks like he’s lost color.
Maybe you could look into making it not seem so apparent?
Also, is Ethan thinking of leaving the comic? This is the first I’ve heard of him considering retirement.
I’m 23 and have lots of grey hair. It’s all genetics.
Or being possessed by Parallax.
But I don’t see Ethan reshaping the universe to make it ‘better’.
Mike on the other hand…..
But Ethan went from no grey hair, 1/2 & 1/2, practically overnight. Its just a bit offsetting.
That’s how it happened to Rogue in the movie.
heh. I win. I’m 17 and I’m starting to bald. BWAHAHAHA! BOW BEFORE MY… oh god, I lost the genetics lotery, didn’t I?
Yes, yes you did! *nods*
I was balding at 16, and my uncle was COMPLETELY bald (as in, finished) by 16.
So nope. It’s alright though, I look pretty good with the classic shaved head / full goatee combo.
Actually, there’s evidence that this is a sign of high testosterone. So you’re just *really* manly…
My roommate’s been going salt and pepper since high school
One is pleased to have given satisfaction.–Jeeves
Dawwww. Ethan’s favorite part of his job isn’t snarking at bitchy customers.
I think he would claim that bitching at snarky customers is his least favorite part of the job. Although come to think of it, he will be able to keep doing that as well.
Sounds like my job. We gripe about the customers in the back like it’s a sport, but that’s just to keep us sane, because you’re either going to laugh, cry, or go dead and numb inside. But the best times are when you can actually help someone get a book for themselves or their kid that just lights up their day, something they’d never read, or had been looking for for ages. I love that part.
All the retail places I’ve worked, snarking would get you fired in seconds.
Thus I work in receiving now and rarely pay any heed to customers in the rare times when I have to venture forth from the backroom.
If he doesn’t eventually go semi-pro comedian I’ll be pretty sad for him.
He’s like a drug pusher now.
So, Ethan’s going to turn into a snake?
No, just Jack Black.
I know a little something about regret. I regret the time, that I got ‘high’ and wrote a hit song and it made me insane amounts of coin. Coin I used to buy more drugs. And a motor boat. And a house for my mom. Plus I gave some to charity.
that was a scary PSA!
I know how you feel. Curse you Nostalgia Critic for that nightmare fuel!
Aww, Ethan’s so cute!
Also, I’m curious as to when Amber will develop a noticeable baby bump…
She’s already drawn as a little “plump” so I don’t imagine it being too noticable.
Not for a while. It’s still probably only as big as her thumb.
Of course, there’s a good chance she’ll start feeling like she’s getting noticeably larger before she actually does. Leastways, that’s been my experience with pregnant women.
But she knows she’s so much bigger, and you are just lying to her because you don’t want to admit it, and she can’t fit into any of her old clothes, and you’re mean and a liar and she’s getting so fat and if you didn’t notice it’s because you never pay attention to her and you JUST DON’T LOVE HER!!!
That’s my experience with pregnant women. Technically “woman”, but I swear there were more than a few housed in that cranium.
Hormones are proof that God has a sense of humor, and likes to watch us act wacky.
Applies to both genders, of course.
This comment thread has brought to my mind how absolutely hilarious it will be when Amber goes through her hormonal fits. Mike isn’t going to know what to do, between all the crying jags, the fights, and how much she’s jumping his bones. Since Angry!Amber is already known to be very abusive, she may even out-jerk Mike during her anger fits.
This is my favorite part of shopping, especially around the holiday season. It’s an awesome feeling to step in and randomly help a stranger with their gift shopping, and see the look of gratitude on their face.
I’ve done this before at a music store. The manager half-jokingly offered me a job when he saw me helping a customer. I should have said yes. =)
Actually, I kind of feel the same way about tech support.
THIS. Seriously. It’s the only reason I loved being on the help desk.
It is nice to help people.
You’re never leaving retail.
Didn’t read the fine print on the employment application. By signing, he has sworn allegiance to Galasso in perpetuity, and not even death can free him.
If Ethan dies, Galasso will just have him stuffed, dressed in a Transformers costume, and propped up in the TF aisle holding a big “Ask about our Customer Protection Rackets” sign. Written in Comic Sans.
And the costume will be of Hot Shot.
Wait, so Galasso is Nocturnal?
That… explains absolutely nothing, actually, but hey, Ethan being the Dovahkiin would be pretty sweet.
His shoulders will hurt…for eternity.
I still do this, but the logical progression after this would be “Well, that’s alot of money for a toy, hunter will just have to get this $5 thing, he won’t notice the difference.” and then proceed to the electronics department to buy an xbox.
I tend to still clean up the section, I cleaned up a TRU aisle just so I could find stuff last week.
This is truthy. I love the part of the job that actually involves helping someone find an awesome thing, especially if it’s for their kid. If I can get a parent to check out one Bruce Coville or Mo Willems book, the day is aces.
“Jeremy Thatcher” still makes me cry.
The My Teacher is an Alien series was the best!
i remember when i got that through a book order. i came down with a fever that day and as i waited for my parents to pick me up i had this crazy dream that my teacher was one of those aliens too! i never did trust her after that.
but yeah, i loved that book as well as the other three in the series. the first one had the coolest pictures though.
This… is happy? Oh no. …Several years of this strip has taught me that horrible, horrible things await Ethan in this store.
Haven’t Ethan been through enough?
“My favorite part of it, of course, is helping people clear out the shelfwarmers so the better toys will get shelved.”
Why does Mike seem to get EXTRA angry when Ethan talks about the favorite part of his job?
Because if Ethan was a normal person the only thing he’d want to say to other customers after leaving retail is, Fuck off, I don’t work here. That’s what I’d like to do, anyway. I think Ethan’s nuts.
Maybe you’re right. But everyone in this strip is a little nuts. XD
I was doing that when I was 9.
I will try to help if a parent seems extra confused. There is no confused parent quite like one looking at transformers. Parents can tell the difference between Batman and Spider-man or Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. I think the transformer section just seems like a huge blob of robot to the uninformed.
Parents can tell the difference between Batman and Spider-man or Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker.
Experience suggests otherwise.
I reserve opinion about the Vader/Skywalker thing, but I truly pity the parent that can’t tell the difference between Batman and Spiderman. Subtle their iconography ain’t.
“huge blob of robot” – my favorite new phrase of today
I’ve done this in stores, helping people in the toy section AND being mistaken for an employee.
Always a nice warm fuzzy feeling when you help someone though.
Finally I identify with Ethan. Best comic ever.
Aww this put’s me in the Christmas spirit.
And then Mike murdered him.
(There’s just something about how his gaze shifts…)
I don’t know, Ethan. My favorite part of MY job is working on the machines. People are just MEAN right now.
Then again, I get to ignore them…
Actually, I almost helped out this lady at my local TRU once. She was looking at the ShinkenRed Figuarts and I almost told her that if her kid is under 15, it’s not recommended.
I work at Wal Mart (in the backroom) and I help people all the time when I’m on the floor. I’ve been with them 15 years so I pretty much know where it’s at and by the time I found someone to help them if I was off the clock or whatever I still could get it done faster.
I also run into this, esp at the Holidays. It’s nice to help a confused set of grandparents who have no clue as to what the kids are asking for find the right thing and have that weight lifted off their shoulders.
Helping folks who really need it makes me feel good. Having to help lazy asses who don’t even bother to look on their own doesn’t. I got asked this last week ‘Where is the spray paint?”
I was standing in the booth mixing paint standing beside an 8ft tall 24ft run of spray paint.
Wow, that sounds like a scene right out of Clerks.
But I admit, I kinda shake my head in shame right after I tell a customer what they’re looking for is ‘right behind you’.
I know exactly what you mean. I’ve had people walk right into the cell-phone counter, make it all the way to me while I’m watching them, and then ask me where the cell-phones are…
Even better, now that I work in televisions, people asking be where the DVD’s are. There’s a good 24ft wall of movies directly (15ft) across from my workstation.
This was always my favorite part about working at Wal-Mart. I loved helping people with the toys, just because it made me feel awesome knowing everything.
Wow, its nice for Ethan to use his toy obsession for good instead of annoyance.
When will Amber start showing? Also, how long since the baby was actually conceived?
I don’t mind doing this. I always overhear someone or actually I get asked. I’m glad to help. It was one thing I liked doing when I worked at KB Toys. I was pretty much as close to a stock manager as KB Toys got, and I’d always go in the back to get things for kids. If the pegs didn’t have a certain item due to selling out faster than we could put it out, it never bothered me to help kids out. I’d even do it for collectors if I recognized them and knew they were not an Ebayer.
But yeah. I still get people asking if I know about such and such, or I’ll volunteer if I hear someone looking for an item and obviously has no idea what they are looking for. They usually appreciate it, but every so often you get that “look” as if asking you why you are in the toy department and why you know so much about them.
Heh, I like to do that too, although I never worked at a store myself. Just two days ago I helped a girl pick a Nitro Bumblebee – she couldn’t decide whether to buy that or the non-transformable thing (Robot Machines or whatever they are called). Funny thing, actually – when I asked how old the kid was she wanted to buy it for, she said “Thirty…” But, he is not a collector, he just likes Bumblebee from the movies.
Why does mike’s frown look like a smile in that last frame?
Oh lawd … it’s been … what… the better part of a decade since I worked retail, and I still did a bit of this today. Cutting in, in fact, on an actual staffer, who was quite grateful that I knew what the slightly obscure stuff a customer was asking about was… I expect she was probably part of the guest cast
(and then went on to try and find the far more mainstream thing I was actually after … the last one of which showed up as available on her system but was not to be found on the shelves, probably meaning someone picked it up and went to stand in line whilst we were collectively helping the third party…)
Nothing wrong with it, helping everyone’s festivities go smoothly is part of enjoying it properly. A lot of people get far too stressed about it. I only get worked up when I can’t figure out WHAT to get someone, generally because they’re too coy and say “oh don’t get me anything…”. One of these years, I will, and they’ll then get upset…
I do this all the time, and I don’t even work in retail.
That happens to me a lot at Home Depot. Am I wearing an orange apron? No! What the frell makes people think I work there?
NAME — Get a Gravatar
NOTE - You can use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>
©2005-2013 David Willis | Powered by WordPress with ComicPress
| Subscribe: RSS
| Back to Top ↑