|Martha's Day (standard:drama, 1274 words)|
|Author: BENTLINK||Added: Oct 27 2005||Views/Reads: 2432/1509||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Martha works her way to the fifth floor.|
MARTHA'S DAY After working nearly a year Martha could still clearly recall every word of Mr. Doe's recital of “The Speech” that all employees got before they begin their first days work at the world famous Marts Brothers Stores. “Working for a major department store chain has lots of perks. Advantages like advance notice of sales and large employee discounts, a benefits package that will blow your socks off. That's all on the plus side, offset by having to be here every weekend and busting your butt working like a dog before, during, and after every holiday. If you work hard and follow the Mart brothers formula you will have unlimited opportunity for personal and financial growth. We want each and every one of you to feel you are part of a family. We want each and every customer to feel a special bond with Mart Brothers. A bond that we start building the moment they enter our clean well stocked stores. A bond of trust for the brands we sell and confidence that our floor staff will never lead them to make a wrong purchasing decision. Marts Brothers is intrusting each of you with a tiny part of our reputation for honest value and trustworthiness. You must uphold your end or you will be out of here on your ass so fast it will make you head swim. Now get to your stations and sell something!” All the stores senior staff referred to the chain of stores as “Brothers” and frequently made off color jokes about the linage and true parentage of the family of immigrants that had established the very successful company some hundred years before. Martha began working for “Brothers” just after graduating from a college. During her job interview, she had been lead to believe she would only have to work for a short time as a member of the stores floor staff in order to gain real world experience before being placed in a position more in keeping with her level of intelligence and education. Martha got a great deal of real world experience and then some in the following months. Until starting work for “Brothers”, she had no concept of how many official and unofficial holidays could be crammed into a year's calendar. Over the last experience filled eleven months, the beautiful Martha had been required to walk the floors of the huge store dressed as first an Indian and then a Pilgrim for Thanksgiving. She was hand picked to appear as first a jolly simple minded gray haired but very shapely Mrs. Clause and then after only one day made to change into a scantly clad Santa's helper for the whole of the interminably long Christmas season. When Santa's hands began wandering up under her short skirted red helpers costume as she tried to knee balanced the wiggling kids on his lap four times each day she understood why the other helper had stopping coming in to work. The job of standing alongside Father Time at the New Years eve celebration party as Baby New Year wearing only a big smile and bed sheet diaper fell to one of the more full bodied girls because thankfully Martha was thought far too skinny to be a new born. With the coming of President's day, she was required to walk around the store in a powered wig and knee breeches carrying a hatchet and plastic cherry tree branch. She bunny hopped from department to department in a gray outfit that smelled of mothballs and other far less polite scents left behind by last years Easter Bunny impersonator. She willed herself into becoming Aunt America as she did her patriotic duty by steadying the tall wobbling, drunk, unstable Uncle Sam for Independence Day. She had a long but not very fruitful conversation with management about getting the promised supervisors position before being told to dress in bib overalls and put on a hard hat that ruined her freshly done hair for Labor Day. Click here to read the rest of this story (67 more lines)
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