</span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (harry @ Mar 26 2003, 02:49 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>Don't let it get to you. </td></tr></table><span class='postcolor'>
Oh, I didn't. It tok some effort, but I made it.
I probably could rant for hours over some of the gross incompetence I've encountered - like the time I visited "Local Big-Time Photo", dealers in photographic chemistry. This outfit had attracted some *very* knowledgeable professionals and *serious amateurs* as salesclerks. The great attraction was that sales people would get generous employee discounts on materials and equipment.
One day, I visited "LBTP" to find most of those I knew - gone. Some genius had decided that they were paying the help too much ... so they decided to reduce the sales skills to about the level of the average burger flipper.
I asked for color chemicals - specifically, Photocolor Bleach-Fix. Salesperson recovered from blank look, and retired to "The Back Room". Some time later he emerged with a bottle of Kodak Rapid Fixer. The conversation:
Me: "Uh ... I can't use that. That is black and white chemistry. I'm working color - C41 color."
Poor Uninformed Dolt: "Why can't you use it? It's good Kodak fixer."
M: "Yes, well, it it probably very good for BLACK AND WHITE (with emphasis). I need COLOR chemistry - Photocolor Bleach-Fix."
PUD: "I don't see what you've got against Kodak chemistry..."
End of conversation. There is a point where you know anything more will be an exercise in futilty. I might as well have tried to communicate in Sanskrit.
I remember they installed one of those Kodak Enlarging Machines - "Make Your Own Enlargements - NO Negative Required." They taped a sign on the front of the machine: "This is a Family Store - No Nudes Allowed". I paced off the distance from the machine to the photographic book rack. Fifteen feet (15' - Five meters - to the place where "Nude Photography for Dummies", "How to Talk a Girl Out of Her Clothes and Get Her In Front of the Camera" - " Nudes, Nudes, Nudes" were openly displayed. I think the machine died from cobweb strangulation.
Shortly after, another great change: I guess they were frustrated by requests from those who were more aware of what was going on than they were ... there was a major shift to Digital and Point and Shoot 35mm.