Fishermen are addicts. Being a fisherman so afflicted means you need bait, the nourishment of the great need, a need that Bait & Switch is only too happy to feed.
The morality of accommodating – nay, promoting! – such a thing is up to the individual. There are worse things, but there are better ways to make a living too. It’s legal; at a minimum, and with that one can be satisfied.
Managing the multi-outlet business that is B&S would be a fairly straightforward process. At least that’s what one would imagine. Customers go to a physical store (a Superstore, no less) to purchase their requirements from a vast array. Keep the stores supplied, clean and staffed. As a backbone, it’s pretty clear.
What’s perplexing is the hiring policy. Bait knowledge and expertise is relatively rare. People experienced with the various aspects of bait, production, and what you as a customer might need to satisfy your interest exist, but they’re mostly off in more lucrative endeavors. Retail is the trailer-park cousin in this family.
On the other hand, the skills of retail – excuse me, Big Box retail – are plentiful, what with retail being supplanted by Amazon all over the place. B&S continually employs many retail refugees, which makes sense…except that they have almost zero knowledge of the products. If you don’t fish, or have never fished, or don’t even know one end of a fish from the other, what place is there for you in a chain of stores selling bait to fishermen?
The answer is obvious: Welcome! If you know how to run a cash register and have some knowledge of how to suck up to corporate gods, you’re in. In a blatant example of such madness, our new Bait Manager at the store is a non-fisherman, non-bait non-outdoors type. As a prior alumnus of a related business, (a shop manager for Christmas decorations (sarcasm)), it’s obvious what skills this person brings to our group.
Obviously we’re talking about the difference between importing “talent” and nurturing it from within. This extreme case means that I will earn half the money of a person who has an infinity less knowledge.
Is not that a riddle?