Reading Stupid

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I might never run out of my don’t do stupid stories. This link tells where I got the idea.

Way back in the late 1960s, I was a retail drug store manager. One of my responsibilities was ordering general merchandise.

The process was easy. Inventory the product on the shelf, check the ‘back room’ for overstock, and be sure of the quantity allocated to the store based on square footage and sales records. Even a small store may have a larger market for an item than a large store. For example, a small suburban store will usually sell far more lawn product than a large intercity store.

I always had a large space visible from the windows dedicated to lawn care items. One however is that the supplier paid for a given amount of space.

This story, however, is not about those products. Every store in the chain had a section for small carpets.

This might be the place to say, I was making my first order as a full manager in a new store and ordering carpets had not been my duty as an assistant manager.

My combined inventory was what I considered low, so I ordered one 6×8 of each pattern and a dozen of several other sizes.

The delivery driver greeted me with something like, “Are you running a special on rugs and carpets?”

There was more to the conversation, but he could not take back the order.

Kaawhoo! I had not read that the rugs and carpets came in lots of 12.

Do you know how much storeroom space is taken up by a gross of 6×8 carpets and several gross of smaller rugs?

I eventually got permission to transfer most of the carpet and rug inventory to other stores. I certainly learned don’t do reading stupid!

I sometimes shudder to think what my future might have been if I had ordered perishable goods in the same lots.