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Since: 16.10.02
From: Connecticut

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I'm currently working in retail and get so annoyed at hearing the same in-store ads over and over again. I sit there mouthing the words along with them. There's even one that starts "Things are heating up this summer..." that was played all through December, January, February, etc. Really? Nobody with any authority was clued in to pull this so we don't sound stupid?

There are also "Checkout TV" monitors at every register that play the same clips over and over. Once there was one with a loud African tribal chant that went off every three minutes or so. You could hear it all the way at the back of the store and I had to speak over it to be heard by customers. Aargh.

I've always felt bad for video store or music shop employees who must endure the same CD or preview clips till they want to scream. Anyone else?
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Since: 22.2.04
From: Cambridge, MA

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.48
The closest thing I ever had to deal with was one of those singing fish on a plaque that hangs on the wall. I worked in the office/store of a campground and every idiot that walked in just had to press that button. It came in waves where I thought it was amusing, then could easily block it out, then because incredibly irritated by it, back to liking it again.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.90
    Originally posted by samoflange
    The closest thing I ever had to deal with was one of those singing fish on a plaque that hangs on the wall. I worked in the office/store of a campground and every idiot that walked in just had to press that button. It came in waves where I thought it was amusing, then could easily block it out, then because incredibly irritated by it, back to liking it again.


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Mr. Boffo
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Since: 24.3.02
From: Oshkosh, WI

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We have a local radio station playing (which I'm told is copyright infringement. Luckily I'm not in charge). Sometimes it's an Oldies station, sometimes it's the Top-40 station (for the month of December, it's the Christmas music station, which for my money is the worst of them all).

The Top-40 station has about 15 songs that are in heavy rotation, which I think means they play hourly. You can easily get tired of "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga when you hear it 8 times in a day.

Even the oldies station repeats too many songs, though of course it's not nearly as often. I was close to e-mail them to complain that of all the songs by The Police they play, "Roxanne" seems to get played most often. "Roxanne" wasn't even a big hit (maxing out at 32 on the Billboard Hot 100). Play "Message In A Bottle", play "Don't Stand So Close To Me", play "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", hell play "King of Pain", that might be my favorite of all their songs. Anything but "Roxanne" again! And you'd be surprised how often they play "96 Tears" by ? & the Mysterians.

I had an idea for an oldies station that would only play Top 5 hits. If it wasn't Top 5, we don't play it! That means 28 Beatles songs, and "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" ain't one of them!
Lise
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.90
    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
    We have a local radio station playing (which I'm told is copyright infringement. Luckily I'm not in charge


There's some legal speak about the intended audience of the music (public vs. staff) and its ability to be heard by the public. (Not a lawyer)

So playing music in the waiting area of a restaurant isn't allowed, but a radio playing in the kitchen area that can be partially heard is OK. Mechanics having a radio playing in the garage is fine, but having a radio in the waiting area is in violation.
GameCrazy
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Since: 13.1.10
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I work for Game Crazy, and experience similar stuff all the time. We'll get a marketing DVD that's about a half hour long, and repeat it all day long ad nauseum. I could recite the entire Brutal Legend trailer from start to finish. And when we had the Beatles Rock Band demo in our 360 kiosk, the main menu would play the same medley over and over to the point where I can now never hear one of the included songs without instantly segueing into the one that comes after it on the video.

And just like with some movie places, we'll get a disc with all the stuff "coming soon" in November with instructions to play it through December. Then we won't get a new one until February, so until the new disc comes, we're hearing "reserve your copy NOW" trailers for games that released two months ago.
Mr Heel II
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I used to work in an enclosed space where one of the co-workers listened to the local Hot AC station all day. I got to the point where I could exactly peg what song they were going to play at certain times of the day. On top of this, she sang along to some of the songs, and she was HORRIBLE. Drove me nuts.

Then again, I worked in rock radio for 15 years. If I never hear Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, or Bob Seger again, it'll be too soon.

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uberlou
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Since: 26.3.03
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I once worked at a store at Universal Citywalk that sold magnets and other random knick-knacks (but mostly magnets). One day I was working there I heard "My Girl" by The Temptations played on a loop for 6 hours! There was an explicit rule that only the manager could touch the CD player. It was my 2nd or 3rd day there so I didn't want to touch it. I still have no idea why that happened and why no one else changed it, but that was almost 4 years ago and it still haunts me to this day.

I'm so glad I work at a desk now where I can plug in headphones, my iPod, and listen to what I want.
Matt Tracker
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Since: 8.5.03
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.74
Not currently. When I worked retail (Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, Sub Station II). The repetition, especially at Christmas, is murder.

I'll tell you what was worse: I worked in the electronics section at Wal-Mart, and I had to hear a looped montage of movie scenes (to sell VHS copies) AND the entirety of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.




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No, and my old job didn't either. I did back in my retail days (Boston Market and Yankee Candle), and I'm not sure which was worse... mind you, the latter job was just during Christmas.

Although my last office trumps them all. The soon-to-be-former news clerk would listen to The River 105.9 (the station you listen to at work... yes, that was their format) while she was in there. Usually, I'd get in the office after she left, but no one bothered to turn the radio off or change the station. Hey, at least they'd leave around 5 and I was free to fire up Pandora.





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Since: 11.5.03
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Years ago I used to work at Childrens Palace during Christmas for extra money.

I would always start in August or September and everyone would absolutely dread when the store would start playing their 6 song Christmas tape.

Back in the warehouse part of the store guys would get ladders and climb up and stuff all the speakers with old sweatshirts or jackets, and then tape a piece of cardboard over it. That's how insane that 6 song loop would make you.



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