My co-workers seem content to let me stock the back-to-school supplies. I do not know why this is. I have made it clear that I am not particularly fond of this task. The novelty has worn off. I am sure I would not mind nearly as much if I did not spend most of the time dodging small children who seem to have made it their personal goal to drive me and/or their parents up the wall.
Anyway, because of this almost daily task, I have had quite a few customers come up with questions about school supplies. One particular customer asked if we had any more boxes of crayons in the back because she intended to buy quite a few boxes. I asked her how many. 255. I was so surprised that for a moment, I must have just stared at her. Then, I confirmed there were more boxes of crayons in the back, but I had to see how many, and get approval from a supervisor to pull that many. Luckily for this lady, her request was approved and we had more than enough crayons for her and the sales floor. I did not think to ask why she needed that many crayons, but I suspect it might have something to do with providing less fortunate children with school supplies.
It is interesting to see what gets put on supply lists, too. For whatever reason, dry erase markers are on some of the lists. I cannot see a reason for this. Another thing that surprised me was the pencil top erasers. One parent was asking if we had any larger packages of them. I think the largest we had contained 15 such erasers. She shook her head and then explained the supply list requested 50. When I was a kid, I could not keep track of those. I would lose one within a day of putting it on my pencil.