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Anybody can work at Best Buy - Paint It Black
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Anybody can work at Best Buy
This morning lady_curmudgeon sent me an email that contained this hilarious link. It's the report of about 80 people who decided to show up at a large Best Buy store and impersonate the salesdroids on the floor. To say they impersonated the employees is probably putting it too strongly... the individuals in question simply showed up at the store wearing khaki pants and blue shirts similar in color and design to the "Best Buy" logo-bearing polo shirts issued to real employees. Then they stood around the store and interacted with people who approached them. They never claimed to be employees and in some cases clearly stated that they weren't, but it didn't stop the average dummy consumer from taking their advice anyway. The link I provided above takes you to the story and a narrative of the experience by several of the participants, complete with pictures and video of the results.

Things take an interesting twist when local law enforcement officers are called in by Best Buy managers who are clearly caught in a blind panic.

I find this all to be completely hilarious. When you factor in that I used to work for that horrible company (six months there as a full-time victim employee... I'll never see that part of my soul again) you may understand why this is so funny to me. Speaking as a former employee of the Big Yellow Tag, let me tell you for a fact that the reaction of security and management is not being exaggerated in the report. What is written down (and shown alongside the story in the accompanying movies and photographs) is spot-on, completely unembellished behavior that I witnessed hundreds of times during my duration of punishment tenure with them.

Won't need no shadow man

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neuracnu From: neuracnu Date: May 2nd, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I tried to get a job at Best Buy during my unemployed months in 2001. Having just obtained my BS CS (heh heh) I was deemed over-qualified. That was the first time anyone had told me I was too smart to work there.
feren From: feren Date: May 2nd, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Intelligence, as perceived within Best Buy, is a threat. Also, the degree indicates you're qualified to work at a Real Job, so they know you'd bail (and rightly so) at the first opportunity to get out of there.
neuracnu From: neuracnu Date: May 2nd, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also, the degree indicates you're qualified to work at a Real Job, so they know you'd bail (and rightly so) at the first opportunity to get out of there.

When you say it like that, it sounds so filled with flattery. Not your style.

Intelligence, as perceived within Best Buy, is a threat.

Ahh, that's the stuff!
feren From: feren Date: May 3rd, 2006 05:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I aim to please.
From: perrogrande Date: May 3rd, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Best Buy is a store of the moron, by the moron, for the moron, that should surely perish from the face of the earth.

Dog, Big
ottr From: ottr Date: May 3rd, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I applied to a newly-built Best Buy maybe about a year and a half ago. I figured I'd opt for a part-time gig there on the nights and weekends really just to kill time. I know, I'm a glutton.

I told the manager I was interested in the Geek Squad position. Just a simple little job un-virusing and de-cola-spilling laptops. I handed over my resume that showed my 11 years of network administration history, my MCSE for 2000, my MCSE for NT, and my CCE and CISSP security credentials. He squinted at all the alphabet soup, frowned, and said, "But...You don't have your A+"

At that point I knew it was going to be an uphill battle, and by the time everything was over and done with, he offered me a job.

In Home Theater.
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