Free Advice For RadioShack: Lock The Front Door Before Smoking Up

Charlie writes:

Yesterday I did the unthinkable. I went to Radio Shack.

(I needed some small parts for a project I am working on).

I walked into the store and was very impressed to find no employees working.

I don’t mean standing around, I mean no one in the store…at all. So I spend about 5 minutes finding the parts I need, finally two employees walk out of the back room. When they walked out of the room, the unmistakable smell of marijuana filled the store. Both employees were pretty out of it, it was rather amusing watching them work high.

Just more proof of Radio Shacks high standards.





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  1. I would actually love to hear more details about how they treated you as a customer [seriously] because of this.

    Meg, is that photo supposed to represent what the associates saw going on outside their store, even if nobody else did?

  2. KJones says:

    “Radio Shack: You have cannibis? We have ganja.”

  3. Bootyology says:

    This is a worthwhile story, and I hate Radio Shack as much as you do. But this is probably on the manager, not the corporation.

  4. This would expalin a lot of RS employees I have seen in my experiences there. It could be company policy.

  5. I wonder how much merchandise walked out of the store while they were in the back getting high.

  6. 92BuickLeSabre says:

    “You know what I could totally use right now?”
    “A Radio SNACK”

  7. howie_in_az says:

    Where was this store? I’m running a little low.

    On, uh, batteries. Yeah. Batteries. Running low on batteries.

  8. @Dooley: That’s true. Even if they caught you, it’s not like they could really call the cops. If I were a shoplifter, I would target this store at that particular hour of the day.

  9. Coder4Life says:

    and they fired my brother for not gretting a customer within 2 minutes of them being in the store..

  10. mac-phisto says:

    i love screwing with high people.

  11. SkyeBlue says:

    It is sad some people in this country still think using drugs or being high is funny, it’s not. I hope you went to whatever Radio Shack’s main website is and contacted corporate headquarters to let them know what their employees are up to? I sure would have.

  12. Greasy Thumb Guzik says:

    Come on!
    Give us the store address!
    At least the city!

  13. beavis88 says:

    @SkyeBlue: Fortunately using alcohol or being drunk is still funny and socially acceptable to the vast majority of Americans. Though not so much at work anymore.

  14. jmschn says:

    First mistake was to walk into RS..haha jk!

  15. valarmorghulis says:

    @92BuickLeSabre: AWESOME

  16. Bye says:

    @SkyeBlue: You’re mistaken. It’s not funny; it’s COOL.

  17. I’m cracking up right now because as I’m reading this story about stoners at work my iTunes randomly select “D’Yer Mak’er,” a.k.a. Led Zeppelin’s experimentation with ska. Appropriate soundtrack, especially since I’ve been picture this as being similar to the photo hut on That 70’s Show.

  18. se7a7n7 says:

    @SkyeBlue: give me a break McGruff.

  19. se7a7n7 says:

    Let us burn one
    from end to end
    and pass it over
    to me my friend
    burn it long, we’ll burn it slow
    to light me up before I go
    if you don’t like my fire
    then don’t come around
    cause I’m gonna burn one down
    yes I’m gonna burn one down
    my choice is what I choose to do
    and if I’m causing no harm
    it shouldn’t bother you
    your choice is who you choose to bo
    and if you’re causin’ no harm
    then you’re alright with me
    if you don’t like my fire
    then don’t come around
    cause I’m gonna burn one down
    yes I’m gonna burn one down
    herb the gift from the earth
    and what’s from the earth
    is of the greatest worth
    so before you knock it try it first
    you’ll see it’s a blessing
    and not a curse
    if you don’t like my fire
    then don’t come around
    cause I’m gonna burn one down
    yes I’m gonna burn one down

    – Ben Harper “I’m gonna burn one down”

  20. mac-phisto says:


    I hope you went to whatever Radio Shack’s main website is…

    serious question: are you high??

  21. hate2brippedoff says:

    In my experience, I’ve gotten more accurate advice from Radio Shack staff than Home Depot Staff.

  22. where did this happen? any context? or is this just consumerist trying to get more eyeballs?

  23. cde says:

    Did they offer to share some with you if you bought a cell phone?

  24. I know this didn’t happen at the RS down the street from me: the associate I’ve dealt with there the last two times has a grimace of death permanently frozen on her face. She maybe should learn from these guys.

  25. LoLoren says:

    Oh, god. I love stoners! They make shopping at horrible places that much more interesting. Working customer service with stoners, however, is a pain in the ass. When you have to depend on them, that’s when it turns into a problem.

  26. bertram says:

    ah, good times while working at the Shack.

  27. outofoffice says:

    New motto:

    Radio Shack, It’s all good! :p

  28. BloggyMcBlogBlog says:

    Serves him right for going in at 4:20.

    /blaming consumer never gets old

  29. SkyeBlue says:


    I guess my poorly worded comment shows in a way how UNFUNNY I have found ANY drug use since going to my best friends 16 year old sons funeral back in January. He started off with pot and seemed to think it was so cool, well until he moved on to meth then worked his way up to prescription drugs and OD’d on Zanax and Methadone. Drugs, so harmless, so funny.

  30. Zagroseckt says:

    i used to work at RS
    I’m visuily impard and my maniger kept moving all the small (under the counter) items around wich ment everytime i sold one i had to ask Where is (insert product name) and find the item or spend 10 minuts on the floor behind the counter sorting through the small items. (same on shelvs)

    since i live on memory of where stuff is this happend alot.

    mind you the store has a plan-O-gram wich he never followd

    well one day i find im being suspended for a week becos i was being ritten up 3 times a day for asking where things are and anoying custimers by talking to them (if you call talkig to them finding out what there looking for assesing if the part there looking for is the part they need croschecking the part and pointing them in the right direction)

    allso wrote me up for asking where item x is all the time and then writing down that i refused to sign the complaint.

    mind you this suspenshion was the first time i heard of any complaints.

    so i quit.

    Alternitvly the one time i got sent to a difrent store.
    totaly difrent experince.

    1. Everything was where it was suposed to be
    2. the maniger was nice and complemented my memory skills having memorised the stors layout in about 2 hrs
    3. liked my speed in assisting people and my speed at handling cellphone signup’s

    Yes i did sell extended service polices on anything/everything i could.
    hay i made alot of money on those.

    and i to myself buy ESP on things i own that i dont like fixing myself.

    the main difrince being i know how to navagate the system whe n i do need somthing repaird :p for most places anyway.

  31. CumaeanSibyl says:

    @SkyeBlue: You need to mellow out. I know just the thing…

  32. matt1978 says:

    @SkyeBlue: NARC! Have fun at the Nerdry, Urkel.

  33. eco says:

    @SkyeBlue: guaranteed for a fact that people get high at work because of customers like you.

    its also funny that people find this incident “unique”. After working at different part time retail jobs, all of them had workers who were stoned at work to pass the time. When you receive great customer service even though you’re being an ass, most likely the representative or the employee you’re talking to is stoned out of their mind.

  34. magic8ball says:

    @BloggyMcBlogBlog: “Serves him right for going in at 4:20.” I lol’d.

  35. flameboy says:

    @SkyeBlue: My sympathies go out to you and the family of your friend. However please consider the following:

    I had a friend who started off playing Super Mario Brothers. Well he kept playing games and started trying new games and eventually he found World of Warcraft. He has now lost his girlfriend, dropped out of school, and is about to lose his job.

    Moral of the story? Don’t play video games.

    er wait… maybe the moral is more like this: Addiction can strike anyone over anything. Drugs are a symptom and not a cause.

  36. m4ximusprim3 says:

    Man, thats some great trolling.

    I’m sorry your friends son decided to go to harder and harder drugs. However, that’s hardly a valid argument against recreational pot use. People with addictive personalities will always find a way to escalate their addictions untill something snaps – projecting their behavior on the vast majority of recreational pot users who get high to pass the time (just like recreational drinkers) shows ignorance and makes people less receptive to your point.

    Now where did I put my bong?

  37. @Greasy Thumb Guzik:

    If it was in California, he may have had a prescription.

    Of course, at work???? Come on!

  38. ? graffiksguru says:

    Classic stoner move, forgot to lock the door.
    @m4ximusprim3: yup

  39. + Watch video

    Customer: What other features does this CB Radio have?
    RS employee: You can put your weed in here….

  40. Jericho114 says:

    @SkyeBlue: Hate to break the news to you but at least in Canada if you go somewhere that the kids are getting paid minimum, or close to minimum wage at a shitty job, Im betting around 80% get high before after or during the job. Every job I worked at as a teen people were getting high, now Im almost 23 and from what I see, its only a growing trend. I don’t blame them, you give your 8 hours a day and get treated like crap, talked down to, pressured to preform. Go smoke a joint and all those annoyences go away, and its not harming anyone boo-hoo, maybe if you lit one up you wouldn’t be on here bitching.

    Btw. +1 Mac phisto. Funny stuff.

  41. kelrod says:

    RadioShack: “You’ve got questions. We’ve got blank stares.”

  42. fuzzycuffs says:

    If Radioshack were more like Home Depot with a bunch of things like PVC piping, wire, plumbing parts, I’d think they were being McGyver stoners.

  43. humphrmi says:


    from what I see, its only a growing trend.

    Sorry, I just had to say it, getting high at work was a “growing trend” 35 years ago when I was a teenager working in fast food. Today, from what I’ve seen, it’s way beyond a growing trend.

    @SkyeBlue: Sorry but your tear-jerking “I just went to the funeral of a friend” comment doesn’t pull it with me, and I’ve been to plenty of funerals of friends. It’s sad, it’s needless, and it has nothing to do with this story and why it’s funny.

  44. LucyInTheSky says:

    i’ve gotta say, this made my day better. the idea of a radio shack being run by stoned employees pleases me for some inexplicable reason.

  45. elijah_dukes_mayonnaise says:

    @SkyeBlue: John Walters and Tom Harkin agree!

  46. cde says:

    @SkyeBlue: Weed as a gateway drug is bullshit. People with addictive personalities on the other hand.

  47. I believe the “buzz” of this thread has been officially “harshed.” Not to rip on anyone in particular, but I think it says something when I’m not the one in the crime-related [technically] thread who sound’s the most like a uptight, throw-the-book-at-’em Jack Webb impression, given my posting history on this thread.

  48. eco says:

    hell if i worked at radioshack i’d be smoking j’s like no other.

  49. crazypants says:

    The OP is clearly just a big fat narc, SHAME ON YOU SIR!

  50. rjhiggins says:

    @Bootyology: You obviously haven’t met enough of their managers. And the quality of the managers is *definitely* indicative of the quality of the corporation (see Best Buy, Circuit City, etc.)

  51. Tank says:

    @mac-phisto: ROFLMFAO. Good catch, I missed it. Musta been the blunt.

  52. aishel says:

    The snozberries taste like snozberries!

  53. chemman says:

    I fail to see what the complaint here is, I mean if the OP received poor service because the employees were high I can see the complaint, but he/she never states that is the case. Instead, they claim it was funny to see them high. Well guess what, I’d be willing to bet any establishment that you enter that has employees you will get some that either get high during or before work, I know I witnessed it all the time in my years of retail/food service. It’s a fact of life that many people smoke weed, I’ve even seen it in a professional setting. I don’t condone the use of drugs while on the job, but I can’t tell you how many business lunches I’ve been on where everyone has a few cocktails at lunch and then returns to their jobs, how are those people any better than someone who smokes a joint at lunch?

  54. cde says:

    @chemman: The complaint is people shouldn’t get toasty or tipsy during working hours.

  55. timsgm1418 says:

    try doing inventory on thousands of rubber stoppers with someone on acid, geez I could have used some pot just to deal with that..@eco:

  56. Anonymous says:

    Rather the back of the Rat Shack than my Pizza Hut delivery driver in my drive way.

  57. Anonymous says:

    @SkyeBlue: Define “drugs” please. Marijuana, cocaine, meth, heroine, ecstasy, ALCOHOL, CAFFEINE, PRESCRIPTION PAIN KILLERS….

    The world is 99% grey, which may confuse your simplistic black/white mind, but it’s true.

    Not all drugs are evil, and yes, some are even funny.

  58. Anonymous says:

    @cde: When you have to go underground to buy weed, you’re more likely to come in contact with people who deal in harder drugs, it’s a simple fact.

  59. cde says:

    @thbarnes: Social pressures is not the same as physiological need for something better.

    And that’s not even including places where weed is legal and open.

  60. givemethetimeofday says:

    @timsgm1418: Someone was at work on ACID?
    Good god. That’s something I’d never do…
    Save that for an enjoyable environment.

  61. humphrmi says:

    @cde: In an ideal world, sure. But I can tell you from experience, drug and alcohol usage, especially at the lower end service sector, is pervasive. The establishment managers don’t have the ability to do much about it. Corporate offices certainly can’t. I’m not saying it’s right. It just is.

  62. SkyeBlue says:

    @cde: Weed as a gateway drug is bullshit.

    Is it? As someone who has been clean and sober for 11 years I have to disagree with you on that. Sure, maybe alot of people who do smoke pot NEVER go on to use anything harder, but almost everyone I know, including myself, who HAS gone on to the harder stuff started out with weed.

    And it IS addicting! I’ve watched my stepson, who has told me he can quit “anytime I want to” tell me 20 times “I am ready to change my life” lose all his ambition, a wonderful job because of a failed drug test, have barely enough money to buy food because he has to pay a court fine on a possession charge and even though he has a college degree and a technical certificate working a fast food job because “he likes it”, (they don’t drug test).

    I really consider myself to be QUITE openminded, not SIMPLISTIC at all, so if you can tell me one positive benefit of weed I’d like to hear it, seriously!

  63. Ghede says:

    “high standards”? Was that intentional?

  64. Jericho114 says:

    @SkyeBlue: If he enjoys his job at a fast food joint, why do you have to hate on him, because he didn’t live up to your standards? Didn’t get the job you wanted him to have, you aren’t even his father I don’t see how you can be putting the kid down because of what makes him happy. Life isn’t all about getting a fancy job and buying fancy things, if hes happy smoke pot and working at mcd’s or wherever so be it.

    Alcohol is the real “gateway” drug this is coming from someone that refused to touch any drug, cigarette, or drink. Once I got into partying and drinking thats where the other drugs started coming around.

    Smoking pot doesn’t ruin lives, stupid people ruin their own lives, there millions of success stories out there smoke blunts as we speak.

    You wanna know a benefit of smoking weed? They sell it here in Canadian hospitals, so it must have some redeeming quality.

  65. cde says:

    @SkyeBlue: It calms people down. It distracts from pain. It keeps people from becoming too skinny. Helps people sleep well. it has both medical and religious uses.

    And weed is not chemically addicting. It can provide a mental addiction, but thats for people with addictive personalities, just like gambling or racing. There is no such thing as weed withdrawal. Caffeine is more addictive then weed, and has physical withdrawal symptoms.

    And about your stepson, that’s all consequences of using a drug illegally. Tell him to move to a place where it isn’t illegal, then no more failed drug tests, no more fear of cops and court fines, etc.

  66. Gadgetgirl says:

    I went to a RS about 2 weeks ago looking for an AV cable to female converter (hell, something like that!) and the three “workers” there were chillin like we were at the park or something. I was the only customer in there and they were eating snacks and shooting the shit. Needless to say, they didn’t have what I needed (and I thought RS was the land of doodads, cables and crap!). The manager barely moved his ass to help look for the item and shrugged his shoulders before heading back to the room. Video store clerk to ‘Moobies’ burger flipper Randal would have given them his stamp of approval.

  67. ionerox says:

    That’s nothing. At the Menards I worked at in highschool, a bunch of the lumberyard guys built a fort behind the greentreat lumber rack and had lawn chairs, a cooler, and more back there. They’d spend most of their shift avoiding customers and smoking pot. God forbid they get on the forklift…

  68. madanthony says:


    I prefer “You’ve got questions? So do we.”

    A few years back, RS had a Ximeta usb/ethernet drive on clearance, and their online system showed it in stock at a store near work. I described it, and an employee tried to locate it. At one point, he held up a USB PCI card and asked me if it was what I was looking for. Umm, no.

  69. m4ximusprim3 says:

    @SkyeBlue: I’m starting to see why you villify drugs. Your family definitely has addictive personality traits, and you’ve seen many of them cut down by substance abuse. I don’t blame you for not liking people who glorify or laugh at drug use- to you, its no laughing matter.

    That being said, you’re not going to get very far as the “get off my lawn!” guy. Most of us have a different perspective on the matter, since most of us have probably done a fair amount of recreational drugs during college and then dropped them (or at least cut back :) )as we got older. High school kids will always fuck around, and most of them will turn out just fine.

    Lighten up.

  70. StevieD says:

    Whoopee crapola.

    So some druggies work at RatShack. Oh sure RatShack needs to can their arses and RatShack is to blame for hiring them, but is this really a news story that needs to be on an anti-business (pro-consumer) website?

    Hells Bells this story doesn’t even merit in a small town newspaper looking to fill white space.

  71. KogeLiz says:

    @SkyeBlue: “It is sad some people in this country still think using drugs or being high is funny, it’s not”

    says who? YOU?

  72. spinachdip says:

    @SkyeBlue: “Sure, maybe alot of people who do smoke pot NEVER go on to use anything harder, but almost everyone I know, including myself, who HAS gone on to the harder stuff started out with weed.”

    Who needs logic when we can just dish out anecdotes, eh? The “gateway drug” myth is based on faulty logic and statistical dishonesty. Here, I’ll show you. It’s much easier to show the stupidity of the gateway drug canard if you put it in veng diagram form.

    Step 1. Draw a big circle on a piece of paper.
    Step 2. Inside the circle you drew in Step 1, draw a smaller circle, about 40-50% in size; draw this circle on the edge of the first circle.
    Step 3. Draw an even smaller circle inside the one you drew in Step 2; make this one about 30-40% in size, with 85% of it contained inside the circle from Step 2.
    Step 4. In the smallest circle from Step 3, write “Hard drug users”.
    Step 5. In the medium sized circle, write “Marijuana users”.
    Step 6. In the first, biggest circle, write, oh I don’t know, “Milk drinkers”.

    You see, using the same logic that the people who push the “gateway drug” fallacy, you can also make the argument that drinking milk (or eating toast or riding a tricycle) leads to hard drug use.

    Yes, people who use marijuana are more likely than non-users to go on to harder drugs, but there’s nothing to suggest that the illegality, rather than physiological factors, isn’t to blame for the association, especially when you consider that marijuana isn’t physically addictive.

    In any case, correlation is not causation. Proving association doesn’t do jack for your argument.

  73. Flyinace2000 says:

    I worked at radio shack for my of my college years and i wish i was high during that time. Though one time i came to work about a day after my wisdom teeth surgery and i was pretty out of it from the pain killers. Probably the best day of work ever!

  74. KogeLiz says:

    @SkyeBlue: I have smoked marijuana and have not used any other drugs besides it.
    I have known people that have died from ODing on harder drugs or painkillers and alcohol poisoning. but i can’t say i’ve seen anyone die from a marijuana overdose!
    I would rather see alcohol banned than marijuana… since alcohol makes people a hell of lot meaner, violent and cry baby city. Not to mention people vomit in cars and all over the place if they can’t control their consumption.

    I’m sorry someone you knew couldn’t control his drug addictions. That is not the case for everyone.

  75. mac-phisto says:

    @SkyeBlue: we all have our vices. & we all have to decide if they are going to remain recreational, or if they are going to control us – who we are; what we become.

    regardless, this story (to me) is indicative of a large issue in customer service. frontline employees are often seen as expendable, treated like monkeys & paid to be paupers. & smoking some cheeba on the job is a method of expressing displeasure with that situation. mutual respect on the very basic levels of our system has ceased to exist.

    & in the case of radioshack, the suits working in fort worth are so out of touch with their own company that you have to show up to work high, drunk, or severely brain-damaged or their shenanigans will literally make your brain explode.

  76. KogeLiz says:

    @SkyeBlue: also, just one more thing as I keep reading your comments. It seems like you may have a family history and attraction to people with addictions and emotional problems. Please be aware that not everyone is like you and your family.
    And just to contradict your theory, I know a few people who never smoked marijuana. Two because they don’t like inhaling things into their lungs and one because he tried it one time and he didn’t like it.

    “When you have to go underground to buy weed, you’re more likely to come in contact with people who deal in harder drugs, it’s a simple fact.”

    ..hmmm… I have never had this experience. But okay. If you say so.

  77. strathmeyer says:

    @Dooley: “I wonder how much merchandise walked out of the store while they were in the back getting high.”

    Because a Radio Shack probably doesn’t have security cameras?

    If companies aren’t going to get rid of incompetent employees, why should we tell them about the high ones?

  78. strathmeyer says:

    @thbarnes: “When you have to go underground to buy weed, you’re more likely to come in contact with people who deal in harder drugs, it’s a simple fact.”

    What, like that dangerous alcohol and that addictive nicotine? Luckily you know what you’re talking about. Can you show me where the underground is? I’ve asked all the drug dealers I know but they haven’t heard of it.

  79. luz says:

    I love how consumerist is mostly about ripping on other consumers :D (sorry, I’m new.)

    This story is hilarious. It reminds me of how I used to get drunk at work whilst batting out disbursement worksheets.

    And yes, I’m a hopeless fifth-generation alcoholic on her way down. Pot ain’t nothin’!

  80. CumaeanSibyl says:

    @chemman: I fail to see what the complaint here is, I mean if the OP received poor service because the employees were high I can see the complaint, but he/she never states that is the case.

    Did you miss the part where the OP browsed the store for five minutes before the employees came back? That’s bad service. It’s also being a bad employee. Thousands of dollars could have walked out of that store.

  81. cde says:

    @strathmeyer: Having worked at a radioshack, I can honestly say no they don’t. And if they do, they don’t record. Unless its the hidden ceiling cam pointed straight down at the registers.

  82. says:


  83. uberbucket says:

    Easy there Nancy Reagan, no one buys that “Gateway Drug” bs anymore, if they ever did.

    I’d rather deal with a couple stoners than the guy that follows me around the store when I’m just browsing.

  84. clevershark says:

    Radio Shack: Dave’s not here, man.

  85. PølάrβǽЯ says:

    @Git Em SteveDave: Chris Farley and David Spade in their younger years! RIGHT ON DUDE!

  86. FishtownYo says:

    @SkyeBlue: You just need to get stoned again. NOW!

  87. Kloud says:

    @SkyeBlue: Get off your high horse and let people do what they want with THEIR lives.

  88. chemman says:

    @cde: As I stated, I don’t condone drinking or drugs at work, but if we are going to start posting complaints on here about every company that has employees that have a few at lunch, we might as well just start complaining about every company.

    CumaeanSibyl-sorry, yes I guess I did sort of miss that point, I guess it was because I’d had a few margaritas with dinner before I read this (after work hours!)
    BTW, I really hope my drinking doesn’t lead me to do meth and crack!

  89. crankymediaguy says:

    I’m as anti-drug as anyone you’re likely to meet–especially for someone who grew up in NYC in the 60’s and 70’s, and even *I* know that “gateway drug” stuff is government bullshit.

    If society thinks that alcohol should be legal, I don’t get the logic behind keeping pot illegal.

    Having said that, you should NOT be getting high on your boss’ time.

  90. WhirlyBird says:

    @SkyeBlue: Sounds like some pretty shitty parenting, to me. Your kid’s parents should be publicly beaten for allowing such behaviour.

  91. homersays says:

    They are kids working in Radio Shack. Obviously they dont value their job because they would have just pulled some tubes AFTER work, or at least in their car during their break……

    95%of the time I happen to walk into Radio Shack, they have no idea of what they are talking about sober.

  92. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    @Petrarch1603: He went into a store and all of the employees were getting high. What context are you looking for?

  93. marchhare22 says:

    @SkyeBlue: PWNED!

  94. disavow says:

    @SkyeBlue: The vast majority of homosexuals have heterosexual sex before [becoming|realizing they’re] gay. Oh noes, heterosexuality must be the “gateway” sexuality!

    As someone else noted, addictive personalities are the problem. Plenty of long-term recreational users have never progressed to worse stuff.

  95. disavow says:

    @crankymediaguy: If society thinks that alcohol should be legal, I don’t get the logic behind keeping pot illegal.

    The logic is that they tried banning alcohol and failed, Prohibition-style. It’s just too easy for moonshiners and bootleggers to slip past the authorities. With all the political clout fundies wield, if they could ban alcohol and have any hopes of enforcing it, they would.

  96. Nighthawke says:

    If you thought best buy was the worst place to shop or work at, just try a stint with the shak.

    Most of the managers there are either bloodsucking vampires that’ll yank sales commissions out from under you, or vultures, hovering around you and taking away your customers if you show any sign of weakness.
    Corporate, that’s a totally different story. Since Lord knows when, they have not had a firm plan of action, gone through 3 CEO’s in the last 8 years. The last one was canned due to lying on his resume about having a degree from a Christian university (the profs don’t recall ever seeing him), the previous one openly threatened store management on a video meeting circuit, and the list goes on.

    Two years back RS corporate pulled a stunt that is talked about to this day: The Mass Pink Slip Email disaster. HR fired 700odd corporate employees via email, sending them their termination notices to their inbox! RS INSISTS that they sent warnings out that they were going to do it, but nevertheless this was a cold (and stupid) piece of work by management. All of the commentators and reporters have said that they never seen something like that before and pretty much decried RS for pulling that stunt.

    I did 2 years in a franchise store, just about the only profitable branch in RS (at the time), and that was enough for me. I took my PC repair bench out of there and went private, and been much more profitable since. The store has since gone through 2 owners since and is now part of a chain of franchises.

  97. The Porkchop Express says:

    @SkyeBlue: did you start out with weed or booze…careful now which one opened the gate?
    I never would have smoked the ganj if i wasn’t drunk the first couple of times. I think tobacco helped too.

  98. The Porkchop Express says:

    @strathmeyer: come on man, by underground, I think you know he was saying that weed is illegal and people who sell it probably sell or at the very least know where to find the other stuff.

  99. AMetamorphosis says:

    Side note: When I was in my late teens working @ a Subway, we used to use the walk in fridges to get high because the fans would pull it right out & there was NO smell.

    The funniest time was when I had to walk out front and wait on a cop while I was extremely stoned … the cop obviously knew as he had fun teasing me asking me if the subs were really good and if I wanted to eat one while I was waiting on him.

    Face it, you pay someone minimum wage and stick them in a mindless job they are going to find a way to make it bearable.

  100. erratapage says:

    I LOVE this story. It explains much about Radio Shack. I always feel like a complete idiot when I walk into a Radio Shack, because I don’t know what any of the stuff is for. And I HATE asking for help in stores.

    But, I always go there when I need something that I can’t easily identify for my home theater setup, because they ALWAYS have it.

    I feel out of place laughing at movies like Dude, Where’s my Car?, too, since I really don’t get stoned. But, it is really funny to watch stoners.

  101. hi says:

    @SkyeBlue: Googling Skye Blue: is interesting… obviously your’re not against the shady pr0n industry which destroys lives everyday.

  102. marchhare22 says:

    @erratapage: “I feel out of place laughing at movies like Dude, Where’s my Car?, too, since I really don’t get stoned.”

    isn’t that such a broad assumption? Perhaps you wouldnt laugh at it regardless, because its a bad movie?

  103. Imaginary_Friend says:

    What’s the big deal? They were just following orders.

  104. yetiwisdom says:

    @SkyeBlue: way to “harsh my mellow”

  105. sisk says:


    are you serious?

    worst spelling ever.. normally i don’t say anything about spelling but wow

  106. Qender says:

    I worked at radio shack for a while. There’s actually manditory drug testing when they hire you. Also not everyone there is clueless. I was able to help many people with the finer points of microcontroller programming!

  107. richcreamerybutter says:

    @SkyeBlue: I really consider myself to be QUITE openminded, not SIMPLISTIC at all, so if you can tell me one positive benefit of weed I’d like to hear it, seriously!

    Well, it does reduce the intensity of my monthly cramping. Many women already know this.

    Regardless, all my anecdotal evidence contradicts yours, so I guess that makes me right too!

  108. Phas3Sh1ft says:

    I had a friend that worked at Cold Stone. Nearly every day he worked, he’d get stoned in the freezer with his friend, with a third person out front. Quite honestly I think it’s hillarious (not taking into account health code stuff), especiall that they didn’t eat all the ice cream.

  109. Wynner3 says:

    @mac-phisto: Ha ha, me too. I worked for a video store and people would come in high sometimes and that was the best time to up sell the candy. I used to sell so much, lol.

  110. GrandizerGo says:

    I sell batteries so I get high…

  111. ppiddyp says:

    @SkyeBlue: Not everyone I know who drinks milk went on to torture kittens, but _everyone_ I know who has tortured kittens has drunk milk.

    Does marijuana have negative consequences? Yes. Kids shouldn’t do it, just like they shouldn’t drink or play with guns. People shouldn’t use it as a substitute for living their lives. It does help enable a certain type of person to escape into a world of pure sloth, though that personality type will find a path to sloth without pot, too.

    However, looking at adult acquaintances who use it, it’s not as bad as any of the following: alcohol consumption, nicotine consumption, daily soda pop consumption, failing to exercise, not getting enough sleep, eating too much saturated fat, getting into credit card debt, or working in a high-stress environment.

    As for positive benefits how about this one: people enjoy it. Of the adult professionals who I know or suspect consume it, I think they tend to land in the upper quartile in the physical/mental health spectrum. They tend not to be the type-a personalities that burn out, treat their families like crap or have heart attacks at 45.