Time to do something a little different! As you can probably tell, in the next few strips we'll be shedding some light on what happened the first time Nate worked at the Food Baron.
Clearly the years have not been kind to Bill. Here he is compared with his most recent appearance in the present:
It's not just the hair. Note the slack jaw and defeated expression. I wasn't even trying for that shit. That's just Bill. He's a perfect example of what happens to you if you invest too much of your soul into the grocery industry, a phenomenon I'm sure many of my fellow supermarket expatriates can attest to.
A Note on the Chain of Command
I've had a couple of questions before about how Nate could score an illustrious Bookkeeper job as a high school dropout, and since I'm throwing around job titles in this story arc I thought it might be a good idea to do a rundown of who does what.
The chain of command for the Food Baron Front End goes as follows, with the present-day title holders, if applicable:
Store Manager (Bill)
Assistant Store Manager (Arne)
Customer Service Manager (Tracy)
Front End Supervisors
Cashiers don't technically have any authority over Baggers, but if they ask a Bagger to do something, it's generally expected that the Bagger should do it.
Here's the tedious part, which will interest you if you're into accounting or just painfully bored. Bookkeeper in a grocery store is pretty much a bullshit title. It does involve doing the close of business procedures for the previous day and investigating where the money went if it isn't there for some reason, but it doesn't require actual accounting experience or education. In some stores it’s called “Assistant Customer Service Manager”, but aside from a couple of hours of paperwork in the morning and more authority than the other Front End Supervisors, you’re usually on a register.
None of these jobs explicitly require a high school diploma, so although I will say that Nate has a GED, it wouldn't have mattered anyway.