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06 August 2011 @ 11:13 pm
temp workers  
I saw a sign at the Palo Alto, CA location that said they are hiring temp workers for all shifts.

Do you think it would be worth it to work there? I'm in school but could use some extra $.
Does anyone know if new/temps get minimum wage (~8 ish) or is it a few bucks higher?

(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 07:26 am (UTC)
Ha! Regular employees at Borders rarely make more than $8. It will be minimum wage for you....
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
tell them you know Mike Edwards. They'll bump you up to $9.20 per..
hitbylightning on August 8th, 2011 06:27 am (UTC)
Lol, the CEO?
(Anonymous) on August 8th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
I thought minimum wage in Califorinia was $30/hr., mandatory paid 15 minute breaks every 30 minutes, and overtime at 2x regualar pay for any weekly hours worked in excess of 20?
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 12:33 pm (UTC)
If you need some money, and are ok with the fact that it will be just a couple of weeks (until the store closes), it probably wouldn't be too bad for you. You will likely get minimum wage .
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
if you are happy with a short term job, it will be an income for a couple of weeks or more depending when the store closes or when/if they have to cut hours. It would also look good on a resume/in an interview: learned new skills fast, fast paced work,calm in a stressful situation, flexible to needs of store etc.
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
people know there being used so there quiting so I bet allot of stores are in need of help.

Don't be taken avantage of by scumbag liquidators... QUIT!

Its the only thing you can do that really has any impact on them.
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
*they're *they're *a lot

Quitting doesn't have much impact on liquidators. It just serves to screw over your coworkers that stay on because they have to work harder.
And you forfeit any unemployment you might have gotten.

Yeah, that will show 'em.
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
umm, wrong.
1: yes it does screw the liquidators. Believe me, I hail from a store where there were keyholders and cashiers who quit on the spot because the liquidators were energy-sapping assholes, and I encouraged them to leave. I stuck it out because I was a manager and liked my GM, but it was comical to see the stupid cocksucking liquidators scramble to get help from off the streets just to move product. My GM and I just bit the bullet and did our job as always, and watched the liquidators on their cellphones, panicking.

2: Who cares if it screws your fellow employees. Friendships made at work never survive for very long anyway after everyone leaves. In the end, you gotta take care of number 1. It's not worth the extra hours of measly pay. Get out there are pursue your dream.
denardo on August 8th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
Re: umm, wrong.
Friendships made at work never survive for very long anyway after everyone leaves.

In my experience, after three decades in the workforce in over half a dozen cities, this is not the case. I have dear friends from many of my former jobs.

If one has failed to experience this, it might say more about that person's own personality or aptitude in selecting friends. But it is not an effective flat statement.
(Anonymous) on August 8th, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)
Re: umm, wrong.
Grow up. You're part of the minority. The truth of the matter is, friendships in general are nothing but distractions, and always lead to despair because people always let you down...whether it's a month after knowing someone or 30 years after, they always do. selfishness always wins, so you have to be the same in order to protect yourself and advance in life.
denardo on August 8th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
Re: umm, wrong.
The only appropriate reaction to such a statement is pity, combined with relief that is only experienced by an unfortunate few.
(Anonymous) on August 8th, 2011 06:36 am (UTC)
Re: umm, wrong.
ooooooo, i'm just positively welling up due to your artful rhetorical skills! Get a life.
(Anonymous) on August 9th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
Re: umm, wrong.
Don't lash out just because your grammar is embarrassing ( to you and your English teachers).
(Anonymous) on August 9th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
Re: umm, wrong.
Aside from capitalization which, when typed on a phone is a pain in the ass, I see nothing wrong with this person's grammar.
(Anonymous) on August 9th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
Re: umm, wrong.
The person that originally replied used there instead of they're twice.
(Anonymous) on August 13th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
Re: umm, wrong.
After reading this forum for several years...I think I just want to say this: Denardo can fuck off.

I can't believe such a pompous ass such as yourself has taken the time away from smelling your own shit to come to this message board. From the time you started posting here you have been nothing but a cheerleader for Borders because you worked there (and of course, what successful author wouldn't!) and I'm sure you were as much of the problem as the leadership in AA.

So...fuck you.
(Anonymous) on August 9th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
People quiting is THE ONLY THING the liquidators fear... it makes them go to stores, stress over stores being open, store signage ..... everything.
(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
they're not afraid
They're not afraid of anything at this point; they're making a killing off this defunct company. If they end up needing help, they'll do anything from going through temp agencies, to Craigslist to find ads from unskilled laborers wanting work. They don't care if you quit, unless you're a keyholder or GM, then they get pissed. I'm a GM and am jobhunting daily, but I would never abandon my staff in their hour of need. They need a buffer zone between them and the liquidators, and i intend to see this through to the end, however bitter.
Nichole Pell on August 12th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
Re: they're not afraid
Good for you!!!I was a keyholder and got fired (CS) when Borders and SBC severed ties.I have a wonderful career now but I feel for my former co-worders,Thank you for doing what a GM should do
(Anonymous) on August 13th, 2011 08:40 am (UTC)
Re: they're not afraid
oh fuck you, bitch. that GM is an idiot bleeding heart. get with the program: the universe is a den of cruelty and manipulation, and it's sad that this bitch tries to 'save' her staff from the inevitable misery to come. They should just embrace it. Oh by the way, I know who you are. You served the shittiest drinks of any barista. Shame on you for holding your staffers to higher standards than your own. fucking cunt!
(Anonymous) on August 12th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC)
I quit while still having 40 hours abd I got unemployment. If you quit today, you can get unemployment regardless if liquidation is over.
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
No Work Attire Needed
Do it. It's easy work as long as you don't let the customers get to you. If you've never worked retail prepare yourself and ask your retail experience friends what to expect. It is mimimum wage, but you won't have to spend money on work attire. Plus you will pick up a few good bar stories.
(Anonymous) on August 12th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
Re: No Work Attire Needed
This. Also, after a few shifts you'll NEVER be one of "those" customers, you know, the ones every retail worker dreads, because you're going to have a much greater understanding and far more compassion for what it's like on the other side of the counter.
Nichole Pell on August 12th, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
Re: No Work Attire Needed
EVERYONE should have to work either retail or restaurant in thier lives.It makes you aware of how the other half lives
(Anonymous) on August 13th, 2011 08:42 am (UTC)
Re: No Work Attire Needed
you ever work in a coal mine at 5000 feet below ground in the hot stinking darkness, slaving away for peanuts without the hope of a decent retirement package? Didn't think so. Retail and restaurant work? Piece of cake, cunt.
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
I doubt you'll make more than $8.50 but it's an easy way to make some cash for a month, maybe month & a half. Bob is the liquidator at that store and he actually seems pretty nice & reasonable, which is cool compared to some of the horror stories I've heard on here.
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
Aren't we all temp employees now?
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
If you get enough hous you may qualify for unemployment
Nichole Pell on August 12th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
You are better than that!!!!!!!!
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
Don't do it!!!!!
Don't do it! Flee with your life and don't give it a second thought. The liquidators are all scumbags and you'll be made to feel 5 years old and useless for a month. And plus it's not worth all the headaches from "customers." Just go to a temp agency, or McDonalds. Anything but this hell!
(Anonymous) on August 9th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Don't do it!!!!!
Agreed! Just quit. the liquidators dont give a shit about you at all, they just want to fill your head with lies about HUGE bonus money that you will never see.

Just read all the posts about people never seeing any of it or under $80 after HUGE promises!

Liquidators are scum! QUIT!
(Anonymous) on August 8th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
When I was working at the PA store a few years ago we started everyone at about $9 or $10/hr. Don't know if the liquidators would be offering the same rate though...
(Anonymous) on August 8th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
just do it. Borders doesn't run the show and either you'll be at a register or just walking around picking up shit off the floor and pointing at areas in the store for customers to look in.
bookslave1981 on August 9th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
to the coward who de-posted his "poem"
You have a silly little life. Friendships are nothing but distractions from what should be a lifelong discovery about the truth about the universe, which is that people let you down, and it's all a big nothing. In the end, you die in your own arms, and your warm fuzzy memories, this thick romantic haze, can't save you from total annihilation. Maybe people responded seriously because the poem was so fucking nauseating that we couldn't help but vomit up our criticism. Your staff, and indeed all Borders employees, are a bunch of losers - you all saw the writing on the wall and continued slaving away for peanuts like jackasses. I give it one month, maybe two, after which everyone you met there will have gone their separate ways and you'll be left wondering where they went and you'll cry and cry in self pity, you fucking speck of dust in an infinite universe!
(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2011 10:39 am (UTC)
Re: to the coward who de-posted his "poem"
You should try your hand at writing the congressional minutes. Written in that style would be epic.
(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
Re: to the coward who de-posted his "poem"
dude. You are SO in need of getting laid.
And if you have a girlfriend already, dump her and
get someone who likes to have fun. If your current
girlfriend listens to the crap you spout off or reads
any of the stuff you write and encourages your brand
of moaning angst, she needs to be by herself, too.
Please hurry. We can't take too much more of this garbage!

Get out of the house or something. Enjoy the summer weather.
Take a walk or something. Stretch your legs. Have some fun
of some sort. Anything but this pathetic attitude you are showing.
(Anonymous) on August 12th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
Re: to the coward who de-posted his "poem"
not a bitter angry or depressive person here...work friendships tend to drift after the work stops. some friendships are based in the fact people are thrown together for random reasons (i.e. they applied to and got hired at the same place. I am not a bitter angry person who does not have a girlfriend, I'm just not in my 20's anymore like many of you here. I have had more than a few jobs over my life, and while I have friendly exchanges with alot of former co workers when I run into them, its not like we hang out or I am part of their everyday lives now like I once was.
Nichole Pell on August 12th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Re: to the coward who de-posted his "poem"
You need to stop being such a nerd and get with the real world.In the real world, you will not get a job unless you adjust your attitude.GROW UP!!!
(Anonymous) on August 13th, 2011 08:34 am (UTC)
Re: to the coward who de-posted his "poem"
you need to be reigned in and straight-jacketed, you crazy bitch.
(Anonymous) on August 14th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
Re: to the coward who de-posted his "poem"
"Reined." Like riding a horse and controlling it by reining-in.
(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
That's what he will do to you if you let him get hold of you.
(Anonymous) on August 13th, 2011 08:20 am (UTC)
fuck you
you know what? anyone who sells garbage IS garbage, so shut up and keep sellin'...or just quit. either way, no one's sensitive to your driveling complaints, ergo they don't want to hear them. Go back to your stinking trailer and fuck your sister.