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Career Radio Shack Employee Writes Memoirs
by Mark on 11/1/2004 (4)

It's not just a job, it's $5.50 an hour vs. commission
Career Radio Shack store manager Tommy Verba recounts a life at The Shack

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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1. by Paul S. on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
HAHA... So true... So true.... Mr Verba does not recall however his college days where Citibank's trusting nature let instant credit purchases supply the entire City of East Cleveland with new BETA video recorders and Color Computers - in some cases one for each room....And provided enough commission for Tommy (Tim) to make a payment on a new(er) car and some polyester three piece suits. </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
2. by Motzy on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Tim? who be Tim? ???? Beta rules! I've still got Superman I on Beta! </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
3. by Colin Verba on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Very interesting. my name is Colin Verba and i'm lookinf for my family if tommy verba would contact me i would greatly apreciate it God bless you Colin Verba </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
4. by Colin Verba on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
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