Back in Black
Macy's has decided to insist that all their employees wear black from now on. To ease the drain on their pocketbooks, Macy's is allowing their employees an extra discount for a short time.
As someone wrote in Retail Worker (a forum for retail employees): "Anyone have any response to the new "all black" dress code? ...Do we wear armbands for all the stores that have died as a result of the "merger\takeover"?"
I thought this was pretty funny... but then, I was once a retail manager for a major, upscale retail chain in my checkered past. I saw the deaths of many stores as they were assimilated into Macy's.
This is actually a very kindly idea on the part of management, even though upper management is never deliberately kind to their employees. It's much easier on the pocketbook than the other possibility, where employees are not allowed to wear anything that is not currently displayed on the floor. Most retail employees get paid peanuts. That means their limited budget can hardly be spent on the latest fashions, unless they live at home with mom and dad.
An all-black wardrobe is a wardrobe that can be updated only when necessary, where everything matches, and you're always fashionably accessorized for a funeral or an Amish parade.
P.S. I just learned of Senor Caiman's recent loss which he mentioned in my last post. My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of this poor woman.