But I am upset about this latest escapade handed down to us from the company that delivers our cigarettes.
Background: I'm not sure if this is practiced in all the states or even around the world, but in some, mine included, there's a small stamp on the bottom of each pack of cigarettes. Like this
. It's basically got the state's name and some numbers on the bottom. Ours is green currently (I guess it changes color? It used to be blue) and a little fancier, but you get the general idea. It's supposed to prove that it's not a counterfeit taken from the black market and it's been properly taxed or something.
We've been told that we have to pick through every single pack in the 15 foot long display of cigarettes behind the counter for that stamp. If it's missing or damaged so the numbers are unreadable, we have to put that pack into a box, sorted by size/strength (100, 80, 99, 72, etc), brand, type of cigarette (menthol, non menthol, lights, filter, non filtered, etc) and with the tags facing up so the representative can see them. We will be credited for the "damaged" cigarettes.
10 feet of cigarettes x 5 feet of storage for random cigarettes not in a planogram and for cartons x 10 feet of shelves under the 10 foot display with room to fit more cartons = 3,000-5,000 packets to sort through. Maybe more. I didn't keep a good count of how many cartons we went through today of damaged cigarettes, but it had to be at least a good 50-80. There were/are at least 10 shopping baskets packed to the brim with damaged cigarettes clogging up the aisle behind the counters. Cashier A had started at 7 this morning and did the 10 foot display of loose cigarettes in racks. We went through the 5 foot section of cartons and started on the shelves beneath the 10 foot. The rest still needs to be done and I'm personally skipping with glee that I don't work tomorrow.
SM thinks that the representative will
at the huge boxes of cigarettes we have and refuse to take them, so we will have to put ALL of them back onto the shelves. I think SM is right but we still have to do it anyways.
I don't see the point of the whole game, the cigarettes themselves are not old or stale (except for the few ones that have the blue stamp on the bottom, those are a few years old for sure), it's just a point of nitpicking that bothers me.