History ComicStrip / Retail

28th Apr '16 8:57:54 AM MisterBeeg
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* CheatedAngle: There was an inventory supervisor in 2010 who wore an eye-patch that changed sides [[http://retailcomic.com/comics/february-2-2010/ depending on what angle he was facing.]]
27th Apr '16 8:27:57 PM MisterBeeg
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Marla is forced to concede this when Stuart chews her out for firing Josh instead of letting him work out his notice, leaving her without an assistant for few weeks.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Marla is forced to concede this when Stuart chews her is a condescending and somewhat misogynistic district manager who always undermines his employees, but he was in the right when he chewed Marla out for letting her emotions get to her and firing Josh instead of on the spot, rather than letting him work out his notice, leaving her without an assistant for few weeks.the two weeks notice he originally gave her.
20th Apr '16 10:12:48 PM LadyNorbert
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* ArtEvolution: The strip's art was more cartoonish in the early years, which got toned down as time went by. Stuart in particular had a longer head, which got more rounded in recent years; Cooper's nickname to him, "Zucchini Head", makes much more sense when you look at the early strips.

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* ArtEvolution: The strip's art was more cartoonish in the early years, which got toned down as time went by. Stuart in particular had a longer head, which got more rounded in recent years; Cooper's nickname to for him, "Zucchini Head", Head," makes much more sense when you look at the early strips.



** [[TheDitz Courtney]] begins blackmailing Marla on overhearing that she's planning to open her own store. Her demands so far are to have all Friday nights and Saturday mornings off, a demand which Marla points out to Val is worth accepting since Courtney always calls in sick for those shifts anyway. Marla eventually ends up firing Courtney. Last time we saw her, she was working at a coffee place in the mall.

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** [[TheDitz Courtney]] begins blackmailing Marla on overhearing that she's planning to open her own store. Her demands so far are to have all Friday nights and Saturday mornings off, a demand which Marla points out to Val is worth accepting since Courtney always calls in sick for those shifts anyway. Marla eventually ends up firing Courtney. Last time we saw her, she was working at a coffee place in the mall.



* ConservationOfCompetence: The low-level employees are almost all smart. The managers and corporate suits are all idiots.
** It remains to be seen how consistent this trope will be now that Marla is to be promoted to store manager.
* ContestWinnerCameo: The character of Keith was named for the winner of a contest on Cooper's Retail Blog.

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* ConservationOfCompetence: The low-level employees are almost all smart. The managers and corporate suits are almost all idiots.
** It remains to be seen how consistent this trope will be now that Marla is to be promoted to
idiots. Marla, once she becomes store manager.
* ContestWinnerCameo: The character of Keith was named for
manager, averts the winner of a contest on Cooper's Retail Blog.trope, as did the short-lived district manager Connie.



* DeusExMachina: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}ed by the [[http://retailcomic.com/comics/september-6-2008/ last strip]] of the "Cooper gets an appendectomy" arc."Cooper has a benevolent cartoonist who can write a convenient solution for his health care woes."

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* DeusExMachina: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}ed {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by the [[http://retailcomic.com/comics/september-6-2008/ last strip]] of the "Cooper gets an appendectomy" arc. "Cooper has a benevolent cartoonist who can write a convenient solution for his health care woes."



* HideYourPregnancy: After a fashion. Marla, whose pregnancy was revealed in August 2011, doesn't want it made public until she passes the 12-week mark; only she, Scott, and Val know about it. This leads to Stuart looking even more unreasonable than usual when she calls in sick, because he doesn't know what's causing it and thinks she's looking for another job.

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* HideYourPregnancy: After a fashion. Marla, whose pregnancy was revealed in August 2011, doesn't want it made public until she passes the 12-week mark; only she, Scott, and Val know about it. This leads to Stuart looking even more unreasonable than usual when she calls in sick, because he doesn't know what's causing it and thinks she's looking for another job. He's actually rather considerate once he knows the truth.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: One storyline has Stuart passing on the job of doing presentation to Marla in order to get out of doing it. Marla gets even by doing the same thing and getting Cooper to do it (complete with costumes). The plan worked and Stuart vowed to never let her do any presentations again.
** Wanting to get revenge on Marla for getting him in trouble with Connie (the district manager at the time), Stuart purposely didn't tell her that they have a new D.M., wanting to make her look bad. It only half-worked; while Marla did make a bad first impression, the new D.M. ended up blaming Stuart for it, saying that he should have told her that he'd be coming.
** In a storyline where Marla takes a vacation, Josh takes over for her and Stuart abuses his YesMan mentality to the point of even having him wash his hubcaps. When Marla comes back, Stuart lords it over her that he intends to fire her and replace her with Josh...only to learn that Josh can't work management hours, and thus Stuart is forced to wash Marla's hubcaps to keep her from quitting.
*** Gets turned around on her later, when she fires Josh after learning about some shenanigans he pulled to secure a raise. He had already put in notice, but they weren't scheduled to hire a replacement for a few weeks. Stuart wouldn't let her move up the time frame, chiding her for letting her temper get the better of her and forcing her to deal with the increased workload for the interim.
* IdenticalStranger: Zoe, the barista, who looks exactly like Marla with blonde hair. Marla swears she doesn't see the resemblance, but at the same time is unnerved when Cooper starts dating her.
* IncompetenceInc: Grumbel's tends to promote based on [[KickedUpstairs lack of competence]], its executives are prone to make arbitrary changes for their own aggrandizement at the expense of its workers and writes draconian policies that make no logical sense. [[TakeThat Just like a REAL retail shop!]]

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: One storyline has Stuart passing on the job of doing presentation to Marla in order to get out of doing it. Marla gets even by doing the same thing and getting Cooper to do it (complete with costumes). The plan worked works and Stuart vowed vows to never let her do any presentations again.
** Wanting to get revenge on Marla for getting him in trouble with Connie (the district manager at the time), Stuart purposely didn't doesn't tell her that they have a new D.M., wanting to make her look bad. It only half-worked; half-works; while Marla did does make a bad first impression, the new D.M. ended up blaming Stuart for it, saying that he should have told her that he'd be coming.
** In a storyline where Marla takes a vacation, Josh takes over for her and Stuart abuses his YesMan mentality to the point of even having him wash his hubcaps. When Marla comes back, Stuart lords it over her that he intends to fire her and replace her with Josh... only to learn that Josh can't work management hours, and thus Stuart is forced to wash Marla's hubcaps to keep her from quitting.
*** Gets turned around on her later, when she fires Josh after learning about some shenanigans he pulled to secure a raise. He had He's already put in notice, but they weren't aren't scheduled to hire a replacement for a few weeks. Stuart wouldn't won't let her move up the time frame, chiding her for letting her temper get the better of her and forcing her to deal with the increased workload for the interim.
* IdenticalStranger: Zoe, the barista, who looks exactly like Marla with blonde hair. Marla swears she doesn't see the resemblance, but at the same time is unnerved when Cooper starts dating her.
the other woman.
* IncompetenceInc: Grumbel's tends to promote based on [[KickedUpstairs lack of competence]], competence]]; its executives are prone to make arbitrary changes for their own aggrandizement at the expense of its workers and writes write draconian policies that make no logical sense. [[TakeThat Just like a REAL retail shop!]]



* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Lunker's real name, Mel, [[http://retailcomic.com/comics/april-26-2012/ was only mentioned twice throughout the strip.]]

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Lunker's real name, Mel, [[http://retailcomic.com/comics/april-26-2012/ was has only been mentioned twice throughout the strip.]]
16th Apr '16 9:29:18 PM MisterBeeg
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* CallBack: The Goofy Grumbel costume, which Cooper wore in a 2006 strip, reappeared 10 years later when they received a new shipment. In both strips, Cooper volunteered to wear it because it means he doesn't have to deal with customers all day.
6th Apr '16 6:49:11 PM WillBGood
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The strip centers around an assistant manager (later promoted to store manager) named Marla Masters. While she's a good boss, she can't stand the bureaucratic nonsense set by the corporate offices, the intolerant and abusive customers, the ditzy and spaced-out employees, and the stigmas associated with retail workers. [[SarcasmMode Other than that, she likes her job.]]

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The strip centers around an assistant manager (later promoted to store manager) named Marla Masters. While she's a good boss, she can't stand the bureaucratic nonsense set by the corporate offices, the intolerant and abusive customers, the ditzy and spaced-out employees, and the stigmas associated with retail workers. [[SarcasmMode Other than that, she likes her job.]]
job.
6th Apr '16 4:12:04 PM MisterBeeg
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** Wanting to get revenge on Marla for getting him in trouble with Connie (the district manager at the time), Stuart purposely didn't tell her that they have a new D.M., wanting to make her look bad. It only half-worked; while Marla did make a bad first impression, the new D.M. ended up blaming Stuart for it, saying that he should have told her that he'd be coming.
4th Apr '16 11:51:50 PM Jdb1984
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Marla is most often seen working alongside Cooper, a stock boy with a sarcastic wit, geeky tastes and a dim outlook about his job; Val, an aspiring writer and encouraging friend of Marla's who wants her to move onto bigger and better things; and Stuart, the store manager who sucks up to his superiors, follows every rule to the letter, and is a generally [[StupidBoss ineffectual]] [[PointyHairedBoss boss]].

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Marla is most often seen working alongside Cooper, a stock boy with a sarcastic wit, geeky tastes and a dim outlook about his job; Val, an aspiring writer and encouraging friend of Marla's who wants her to move onto bigger and better things; and Stuart, the store manager (later District Manager) who sucks up to his superiors, follows every rule to the letter, and is a generally [[StupidBoss ineffectual]] [[PointyHairedBoss boss]].
4th Apr '16 6:06:28 PM MisterBeeg
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* PutOnABus: Several early characters, such as Jerry (who left twice), Courtney, Keith Sanzen, and Josh, all left Grumbel's for various reasons and haven't appeared in years.

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* PutOnABus: Several early characters, such as Jerry (who left twice), Courtney, Keith Sanzen, and Josh, all left Grumbel's for various reasons and haven't appeared in years. Can be considered TruthInTelevision, since there generally is a high turnover rate in retail jobs.
3rd Apr '16 5:04:06 PM MisterBeeg
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* ArtEvolution: Most of the characters didn't change much in terms of appearance, but Stuart seemed to have gone through art evolution the most. Cooper's nickname for Stuart, "Zucchini Head," makes more sense if you read the first few months of the strip.

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* ArtEvolution: Most of The strip's art was more cartoonish in the characters didn't change much in terms of appearance, but early years, which got toned down as time went by. Stuart seemed to have gone through art evolution the most. in particular had a longer head, which got more rounded in recent years; Cooper's nickname for Stuart, to him, "Zucchini Head," Head", makes much more sense if when you read look at the first few months of the strip.early strips.
2nd Apr '16 6:05:11 PM MisterBeeg
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* Arthur, who replaced Josh in 2014, left the strip two years later when he got a new job.

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* ** Arthur, who replaced Josh in 2014, left the strip two years later when he got a new job.
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