Career Radio Shack Employee Writes Memoirs
on 11/1/2004 (4)
Career Radio Shack store manager Tommy Verba recounts a life at The Shack
|It's not just a job, it's $5.50 an hour vs. commission |
MENTOR, OH - Tommy Verba, hastily scribbling notes with a chewed no. 2 pencil, eagerly describes:
"I still remember how it all began. I was fresh out of community college. I cleary remember the day I applied at the Willow Plaza district office back in 1986. I was down to my last 5 dollars and a half a tank of gas. I brought a hand written resume in, my throat parched and dry, my voice trembling, and as the saying goes, the rest is history."
Verba's memoirs recount the trials and tribulations of 18 years with the Shack, including the Great Inventory Loss at Euclid Mall back in '94, those horrible Saturday morning meetings, almost impossible extended warranty quotas, fist fights over spiffed merchandise, getting his picture in the company newsletter and the incredible RCA video camera blowout of '99
Verba wistfully reminisced
"We weren't selling those cameras, we were giving them away! Those babies bought me a years supply of polyesther pants and ties. And who could forget when they caught Bob Olson selling printers out the back door at the computer center at Shorelake? That was hot gossip for years and years."
Verba never expresses regret for his life at the shack, although he still wants "to move on to something bigger, like managing a Sears or a Toys' R Us", although he admits he "probably needs more experience."
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