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CaudellDe
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Springville, IN
USA
97 Posts

Posted - 04/14/2009 :  03:59:25 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
While H and R Block might be a good company, the tax shop I was referring to was NOT with H and R Block but an independent company I had never heard of before, just for clarification.
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MitchK
Member

Illinois
USA
25 Posts

Posted - 04/14/2009 :  04:43:24 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Also want to clarify that my horrible experience was not with H&R Block, Jackson-Hewitt, or any other well-known firm. I got the impression it was a "payday loan" business doing tax prep on the side.
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CaudellDe
Contributor

Springville, IN
USA
97 Posts

Posted - 04/14/2009 :  05:55:37 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Precisely. It is the fast cash payday loan process you are shopping, not the tax preparation. I did not need, nor want the loan, and felt my tax information and credit score were too important to risk sacrificing to shop a payday quick refund.
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Bob Engleman
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Dayton, OH
USA
367 Posts

Posted - 04/14/2009 :  07:46:05 AM  Visit Bob Engleman's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Of all the 1000s of jobs I've seen in 6+ yrs. in the business, the 1 that stands out as the worst "10 foot poler" is the FF, where one might need to wait on the deliveryman for the package, complete a reveal, and return any unawarded gifts. All of the aforementioned for $6, plus being told what to order.

Bob
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CaudellDe
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Springville, IN
USA
97 Posts

Posted - 04/14/2009 :  08:44:31 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
If you haven't already, please go back to page 37 of this thread for responses regarding that particular shop. The $6 FF reveal with gift card rewards shop was one of my 10 foot pole shops also, but alas, I had to learn the hard way. The tax preparation quick refund I was fortunate enough to be able to bow out of beforehand.
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Randi H
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Orange, Virginia
USA
931 Posts

Posted - 04/14/2009 :  09:03:29 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Matt, I am not 100% but I think it is 5 years they can go back, and they are 3 years behind right now. I know the Accounting firm I worked for, we would not throw out people's copies. I think when I was there, part-time in college for a bit, I started as a clerk (and worked my way up to doing accounts and taxes, but I will say all of the taxes I did were checked and double checked, since I did not have much experience), but anyway I got the clean up job. I remember thinking to myself when I was organizing all these old boxes, geez these things are 30 years old, who needs them now. But I was not allowed to throw them away. Was a fun experience.

Randi
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David Johnson
Apprentice

Kansas city, MO
USA
1 Posts

Posted - 04/14/2009 :  09:26:36 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone. Just returning to shopping after 3 years. I think the shop I would never return too or recommend is an audit I did for a major package shipping company. I had to measure the trucks, evaluate the dress of the employees and take pictures for what was supposed to be an hour assignment that turned into two hours. I think someone just wanted to remove a well paid auditor and underpay an IC for that one.

David
Silver Certified
(but going for the Gold)
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LisaOV
Star Contributor

MN
USA
2659 Posts

Posted - 04/14/2009 :  1:04:50 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Now I have to disagree with the tanning shops - (someone a while back) I did a few last winter and boy did it feel good to be under the sunlamps while it was 10 below or whatever outside.

I'm looking forward to doing one of the stray on tannings too - at some point, but it hasn't worked with my schedule yet.

By the way .........I'm leaving soon to do a massage shop!!! Yippee!!! (sorry, hate to brag)
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JohnTN
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USA
80 Posts

Posted - 04/14/2009 :  2:07:16 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
No shops that take SIX MONTHS to be reimbursed. Looking for one? Freeman Group wants YOU!
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Stef The Kicking Cuty
Apprentice

Landisburg, PA
USA
4 Posts

Posted - 04/15/2009 :  05:59:57 AM  Visit Stef The Kicking Cuty's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
I am also returning from a 3 year "maternity leave".
So anyways... back to the topic. I probably won't do any of those shops anymore where you buy an item and then return it the same day. That alone would not be the problem. The problem is, you have to do the shop between 5pm and 7pm and no later than 2 hours before closing. So I went in at 6pm and returned the item at 7pm. I went to my car to record the numbers on the receipt, because the usually keep the receipt, once you returned the item. Well, they want you to "put an efford into trying to obtain the return receipt". How obvious, you might as well tell them that you are the MSer. Anyways, I went in, gave the item back and the woman was like "Didn't you just buy the item?" Duhhhh So, i'm like hm..hm..hm, yes, ah, blushing. Anyways, before I could answer, she gave me my money back and threw the receipt and the return receipt under the counter. So, what do you say now? Excuse me, mam, could I have the return receipt? So I left without saying anything and without the return receipt. Embarrasing... If they make me redo the shop, I will do that. But I won't take any of those anymore and probably won't shop there myself anymore either until 3 years or so passed.

Stef G
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Bob Engleman
Star Contributor

Dayton, OH
USA
367 Posts

Posted - 04/15/2009 :  6:25:38 PM  Visit Bob Engleman's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Unfortunately, at least 3 ladies are still attempting to resolve the $6 FF rewards return; this from the Confero board. My guess is these jobs were commissioned by a worldwide soda company, known for being very conservative with the pay for shoppers; am I correct?

Bob
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Ebony
Member

Denver, CO
USA
34 Posts

Posted - 04/16/2009 :  10:45:59 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I think I've found another shop I will leave to some brave soul...the covert price audits. I've done two, one for human food and another for animal food. The time it takes to locate every item is crazy making the hourly pay about $4.50.

Ebony
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EliseSm
Valued Contributor

USA
228 Posts

Posted - 04/16/2009 :  10:53:47 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I shopped an upscale boutique where honestly, nothing appealed to me. I had to make a purchase, so I grabbed something and checked out. The purchase stayed in the bag for days and I finally broke down and admitted to myself that it was a waste of cash, and had to be returned. The return process was an embarrassing ordeal, to say the least. I won't be doing that shop again.


I liked the FF with revealed audit! I had to find out where FedEx was located anyway, and the Conferno editor complimented me so much about my photos that I was sincerely flattered.
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Susan L
Star Contributor

Westchester County, New York
USA
267 Posts

Posted - 04/18/2009 :  4:04:11 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I have noticed that a perennial favorite on the 10-foot-pole shop list (the store with 4 letter name starting with "I" and ending with "A") is now paying $65 for a shop, along with a $10 bonus at the Brooklyn location, for a total of $75. Better, but still too low for all the departments and price audits required (and the way the staff tries to evade being evaluated). One has to be bilingual, however.

Susan L.
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Shel
Star Contributor

MI
USA
474 Posts

Posted - 04/18/2009 :  6:28:56 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
You would have to pay me to even go browse in the I furniture store. You couldn't pay me enough to evaluate it. Too many slow wandering customers.
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Bob Engleman
Star Contributor

Dayton, OH
USA
367 Posts

Posted - 04/22/2009 :  4:28:52 PM  Visit Bob Engleman's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Another "10 foot poler" arrived today. Not only was I to be given a hero's citation, but I'd also be entered into a random drawing and earn the appreciation of the scheduler. When I replied asking about a cash bonus, my inquiry went unanswered; it was a shuttle ride that paid $8, and required I tender a non-reimbursed $2 tip.

Bob
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MSJamey
Valued Contributor

McKinney, TX
USA
116 Posts

Posted - 04/22/2009 :  7:58:46 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I had to stop and giggle at this. While I love MS'ing, and I would never take one of these furniture store shops(I almost took one until I checked myself with a quick trip here to the boards), I gotta admit, I love to wander aimlessly around this store. I also admit I am die-hard shopping fool, too...I mean, who else would want to get paid to do what I do normally, right?
I digress.
I like the exercise I get, until I reach the oasis in the middle and can take a break with my fave dessert. I like the clean, beach boy looking associates, so healthy I want to kick them, but I can't run that fast. I like the end of the store, cause by then I'm tired and wanna go home, then I see the "get it the heck outta here" area and I am recharged. I also like the really nice deals I get, I do truly save money when there.

While their shop may not be the best in the world, I love the store.

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Originally posted by Shel

You would have to pay me to even go browse in the I furniture store. You couldn't pay me enough to evaluate it. Too many slow wandering customers.


Jamey
I can see you.
MSPA Silver Certified
Queen of theater Standees!
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ValricoConnie
Star Contributor

FL
USA
1083 Posts

Posted - 04/22/2009 :  10:00:54 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Tampabay is getting its first Ixxx store with grand opening in May; I wonder when it'll show upon the ms'ing board. I'm sure they'll let the employees get used to the store first.

>^..^< ::¤Connie¤::¤Gold Certified¤:: >^..^<
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MattMS
Star Contributor

Genoa, Illinois
USA
360 Posts

Posted - 04/23/2009 :  06:41:41 AM  Send MattMS an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
Valrico - you might think so, but I have had a few shops scheduled at locations that don't even open for a few weeks. (Not for the I store, but for others.)

My 10 footer is anyone that requires me to remember multiple multiple names in a quick audit. (I understand things like hotel shops, casino's where you are there a long time...) But like the hardware store that you must remember 5 names and descriptions... Nope!

Matthew - shopping North Central & North West Illinois
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ChrisT
Star Contributor

USA
1513 Posts

Posted - 04/23/2009 :  11:05:41 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Stef The Kicking Cuty

Well, they want you to "put an efford into trying to obtain the return receipt". How obvious, you might as well tell them that you are the MSer. Anyways, I went in, gave the item back and the woman was like "Didn't you just buy the item?" Duhhhh So, i'm like hm..hm..hm, yes, ah, blushing. Anyways, before I could answer, she gave me my money back and threw the receipt and the return receipt under the counter. So, what do you say now?


I think you've learned your lesson. But if you haven't and are a glutton for punishment here's some advice.

1. Pay with credit card

That will make it easier in getting a return receipt.
When the person throws it away. Quickly say, I need the receipt for my records. Also, they most likely won't throw it away if you've paid by credit card. Usually they'll give it to you automatically.

As to the other question of 'didn't you just buy it':
Say 'I just realized I didn't really need it' or 'My husband just called and said we don't need it' or something along those lines.

ChrisT
Deliriously Happy Shopping Uncertifiable
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