So, I passed up my chance to try Pruno today...and in hindsight, I missed an opportunity.
It happened when I broke down and cleaned the breakroom refrigerator - because the hairs stuck to the doors were from people who didn't work here anymore. I don't know why employee fridges get so disgusting, but I suspect it's laziness - and unwillingness to respect other people's things in the same way we do our own. Or, maybe we're all just assholes. Coin flip.
Anyway, the refrigerator's contents proved absolutely disgusting: moldy lasagna, corpse-colored chicken, something orange and separating, raisins (formerly blueberries), sliced beets with what I hope to God was cheese, fuzzy purple water in a sports cup, and three bags of grapes - which were rapidly becoming Pruno. Behold the note that I taped to the fridge after the deed was done:
And to think I opted for McDonalds instead.
So, I'm walking through the bookstore's receiving room this week, when something large & furry runs across the floor. "Do we have a mice?" I asked Ernie - our Receiving Manager - as critters sometimes find their way into the building when the weather turns cold. "Nope," he said, pointing to a pile of arachnid guts that he'd squished on the counter. "They're SPIDERS. I've been finding them in the boxes." Ernie then gestured around with his hand, towards the many cases of newly-arrived Christmas merchandise. Apparently, our corporate shipping department/building is also the set of Arachnophobia.
Ernie emphasized this fact by smashing a spider on the wall with a copy of Barbara Streisand's My Passion for Design. When the book came away from the wall, Babs had spider juice on her tits.
"Do I need to call an exterminator?" I asked, as the spiders overhead started dropping from the ceiling; they looked like little insect-marines, attacking the lair of a James Bond villain. "No," Earnie said, sweeping the spiders off his desk with a broom; he too had spiders crawling up his pants, but it didn't seem to bother him - he was apparently used to it.
The air went black with arachnidsKIDDING.
In all actuality, we don't have a spider problem. Sure, a few critters have popped up in opened boxes, but that happens every year. No biggie. We're used to it. But by pretending that we have a spider infestation this year, we keep employees on their toes…and most importantly, Receiving stays clean: "Spiders like to hide in the piles of books that employees sometimes leave because they're lazy." It's amazing how clean our receiving department has been this year. Almost like people are afraid to stick around...
Insert maniacal laugh: Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha...
That being said, I made my own Elf on the Shelf last year. I had just taken out the evening's trash at the bookstore, and I found an old mannequin - propped & posed on the side of the dumpster. I snagged it immediately, and hid it in a closet for a couple of days; I brought it out on a night when I closed and left it in our manager's office - dressed in red, with a skeleton's face.
It was positioned in a place where opening manager wouldn't have noticed it right away. Just a little glimpse of RED, out of the corner of his eye, while he counted tills. And when he looked up, BOO!