I deliver ice for Home City Ice as a job while I'm in college. I was delivering a a Kroger on Wooster Pike one day. It was a big delivery so I was in and out of the store quite a few times. To deliver, we park out front and take it through the front because the ice boxes are in the front. I'm sure some of you have seen someone delivering ice at one time or another. We have a liftgate on the back of the truck and have to load a dolly with ice and take it inside. It usually takes about a 15 to 45 minutes to make a delivery depending on how much ice is needed and so forth. I made my last trip from the back of the truck, rode the liftgate down, and went in the store. The last trip takes a little longer becaus I have to get a signature, print a reciept, get a store stamp, walk back to the recieving desk and leave the reciept. During this time, some middle aged woman, with no physical disability I might add, decided she didn't have enough time to park where everyone else has to. So she parked in front of the store behind the truck. I hate when people think they are important enough to park where ever they want, and as I like to point out to them every time I get the chance, usually its closer than the handicap. They usually end up in my way, and in the way of everyone else so they can make their trip a little easier. Still though, I've gotten used to that and I just kind of shrugged it off when I first saw it. Then I thought to myself, "she is really close to my truck." In fact, she was on the liftgate. I had to have customer service call out her liscense plate number on the loudspeaker and it still took her 45 minutes to come move her car. Keep in mind that I don't make an hourly wage. I work commission. I was furious by the time she got out there. I asked why she had to park so close, and she acted like I was wasting her time, which didn't help the situation. She said, "well, I'm in a hurry and had to run in and grab a few things. I'm running late for a meeting. Now you make me come out here and move." Not the nicest lady I've met to say the least. Finally, I say, "well you parked in a fire lane, you are currently closer than the spaces for the handicap, and you're blocking the ramp to get in. Not to mention, you are wasting my time. You are lucky I had more courtesy than you and decided not to drive off with your car still on my tailgate becaue you (in a sarcastic voice) "were wasting my time" ma'am" She stomped off and moved her car.
The second most bizzare thing also happened at a Kroger, this time in the back and it involved a Kroger employee. Apparently, during 4th of July weekend, they ordered more backstock than they really had room for in the freezer. The employee proceeded to call Home City Ice the stupidest f'ing company in the world and got in my face to try to scare me. I'm not a big guy, about 5'11" 160lbs, but I'm not going to take that either. He told me that some driver "snuck" in two extra skids of ice. A skid of ice is not an easy thing to sneak in to say the least. You can't hide it under your coat. You notice when 1600 pounds of ice is in the room. I mean, the driver even has to get a signature for the ice he brings in. Even if the employee didn't see it, he still signed for it? Unlikely, especially at a Kroger. Besides, over 4th of July, the stores had to order backstock. Long story short, the guy got put in his place and embarrassed in front of other employees becaue after all of his arguing I found the reciept for the backstock, which wasn't processed yet, and sure enough it was his signature on the reciept. Don't mess with Ice Men. We know what we are doing.
On a funnier note. At a Wal-Mart in Kentucky, the recieving clerk will put a thermometer in the ice "to make sure it is cold enough"
..... That is the biggest waste of a person's ability isn't it. I mean, I think you would notice if the ice wasn't cold enough, because then it would be water. Which also leads to another incident in Kroger where a woman asked if the ice was cold because she didn't want to grab it off my dolly if it wasn't.