ave you ever wandered into a store and wondered what it’s really like to work there? Unfortunately, you can’t exactly ask the employees there to spill the closely-guarded company secrets. But you can turn to the Internet, which is nearly always willing to provide answers to your questions.
A recent AskReddit thread asked people to reveal the secrets of their former workplaces, and boy, they did not disappoint!
Bed Bath and Beyond will accept a return for ANY item that is in their inventory. You can claim anything is defective.
A woman once returned a 75% burned Yankee Candle because the wick dipped into the wax and she couldn’t fish it out. She got a 100% refund.
A guy brought in a vacuum he purchased probably 9 years ago from a store in another state. It took us about 20 minutes of fishing through an older version of the inventory system to validate that, yes, at one time about a decade ago, BBB carried that SKU. Full refund.
In the grand scheme of things, your return is a minuscule fraction of their profits, and keeping you as a customer is worth tossing away some money every now and then. Also, their coupons never expire. – creamily_tee
Panera. Bread comes in as dough in bread pans the night before, bakers come in in the morning and put it in the oven.
Everything was pre-made but assembled in store like the paninis.
Leftover bread/bakery products were free for closing employees to take home. (I ate more bagels than I care to admit- starving college student and all). – ellifaine
The only thing not made on site at Cheesecake Factory is, ironically, the cheesecakes. They come in frozen and are thawed out.
They go through the trouble of mixing all their sauces and even salad dressings, but not cheesecakes. – brady2gronk
I used to work in a factory that produced pillows. Let me be the first to tell you, some nasty stuff goes into those pillows. Tell me, have you ever seen those pillows labeled “Memory Foam Cluster”? Do yourself a favor, and avoid them like the plague. What we do is, there is a bale of old, recycled memory foam brought behind the grinder. This bale consists of everything from old mattresses and pillows, to those cooling memory foam pillows.
Except they are all old and dirty. We cut the bigger pieces into more manageable bits and toss it into a grinder that chops the foam into small, fine cubes. These cubes are stored in a large tank, and then blown into an empty pillow casing using pneumatic pressure. Now we made good pillows too, but for the love of god, stay away from anything labeled “cluster.” – The_Ginger_Wizard