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I still really love The Depot, but....

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On 26 Jul 2017 at 10:27pm Queuer wrote:
Just back from the quite overwhelming Dunkirk. My sixth visit, fifth film.
Frustratingly, the chaos at the bar continues unabated. Behind the bar, there were several staff doing very little, one slowly filling carafe after carafe with tap water - but this peaceful scene was not replicated on the other side of the bar where people stood three deep trying to get served, or at the very least trying to politely queue, not that there is any organised queuing system whatsoever.
It's just unacceptable and it's completely baffling that there has apparently been no improvement whatsoever. I just don't understand why they treat paying customers this way. The fact that they are a charity is completely irrelevant.
Ironically at one point, there was a member of staff strolling through the customers asking them if they knew where their seats were. Surely this person would have been better employed behind the bar?
Will anyone ever take control of this situation?
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On 26 Jul 2017 at 11:27pm Barry Norman wrote:
Dreadful place. Won't go again. Cineworld for me in future.
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 1:07am Malling7 wrote:
They just needed a core team of hard working staff with experience, worry about training new people later. Looks to me like they just hired any teenager walking past who may be mildly interested in a job.
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 7:04am Red Leicester wrote:
Completely agree with Queuer - it's chaos at the bar. However, the actual cinema is far more comfortable and better value for money than Cineworld. It's also quieter - I went to Cineworld on Tuesday and all I could hear half the time was people crunching nachos and rustling bags. So I'll keep going to the Depot, but maybe give the drinks a miss until they get their act together.
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 7:14am We'vehadourfun wrote:
Get Hayley and Jason to run the bar. They need work and can handle a rush. Sorted. He would need a hair cut first of course.
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 8:29am Pedro wrote:
Don't need alcohol to sit and enjoy a film. Wonder if I can bring my vapouriser in with me though? Would certainly cheer people up and bring out the giggles in the audience, even if the movie was "Dunkirk".
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 11:35am @Pedro wrote:
Jesus dude give it a rest. the only person who giggles after vaping tiny amounts of cannabis is you...
You're not controversial, you're dull and tedious.
Oh and congratulations on discovering cannabis 3 decades after the masses, your parents must be so proud.
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 12:07pm Pedro wrote:
Congratulations on making baseless personal attacks towards strangers on a message board....your parents must be so proud.

I'm pretty sure if 100 random people vaped even a small amount of cannabis, a significant number of them would get the giggles. I feel it would certainly help you cheer up
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 12:26pm ClarifiedButler wrote:
Someone just needs to start bashing heads together amongst the staff...seems to me like a lot of people just treading water.
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 1:05pm @Pedro wrote:
It's hard not to personally attack you, you sound like a 14 year old girl who's just had her first toke, it's pathetic.
"I feel it would certainly help you cheer up", I have smoked for 30 years, but even as an advocate, your puerile never ending drivel is starting to grate on my nerves...
Congratulations on being 3 decades behind the curve, now shut up about it eh!
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 1:09pm Cheech wrote:
Pretty much everyone in Lewes smokes weed, only one person drones on about it like it's something new and exciting though.
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 1:16pm Pedro wrote:
@ anonymous "smoker". What is all this "3 decades behind the curve" business that you've mentioned on both your pissy posts? I'm pretty sure cannabis has been used by humans for many thousands of years.

You do seem a bit on edge. Perhaps you need a break from the forum and cannabis to build your tolerance back up (of both weed and me!)
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 1:19pm Pedro wrote:
@ cheech. Loads of people rave about pot, because it is exciting for loads of reasons, even if its not new. I'll "pipe" down when its finally given legal status in the UK. So get used to it, and if you find it annoying, ignore me, as then we won't draw out the conversations on it. You're just fueling the situation.
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 1:27pm Chong wrote:
So go petition the government (or vote green), meanwhile give it a rest.
Your drivel makes me want to give up...
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 1:46pm Pedro wrote:
@ chong - Give up then. I have a feeling that people who say "meanwhile, give it a rest", probably don't get what they wish for.

Liberal Democrats and Green both support legalising cannabis, and I'm sure Labour will in due course.
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 2:29pm @Pedro wrote:
"I'll "pipe" down when its finally given legal status in the UK"
So what exactly have you done towards supporting legalisation, petitions, marches, joined the legalise cannabis group, contact with your MP (I get the feeling the extent of your input on the subject is anonymously spamming this forum with the same juvenile drivel)?
I have the feeling people who say "bring out the giggles" have a little exposure to the real world...
Here's some questions for you:
Did you enjoy your private education?
Did mummy and daddy pay your house deposit?
Does your wife only like the missionary position?
Does smoking twice a week make you feel like a rebel?
Probably a bit harsh of me, but this is the impression I get of you from your constant juvenile posts.
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 3:06pm Pedro wrote:
Its not "harsh", the line of questioning is just a bit mental, and that you seem to care so much and merely fueling my posting by responding in the first place.

Considering you think I just spam this forum, you seem awfully interested in my background and personal life. You're a weird guy.
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 3:16pm Queuer wrote:
Funny how people will bend any subject whatsoever to bang on about their own agenda. Utterly pointless. Very irritating.
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 4:35pm We'vehadourfun wrote:
He is still ruining threads! About the same subject!! WE DONT CARE IF YOU'VE HAD MORE POT THAN A CHIMNEY, SHUT UP.
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 5:04pm Pedropy wrote:
He says tee hee as well..private school and rogered by the big lads I expect.
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 5:26pm Pedope wrote:
Nothing clever about smoking a smelly herb....rather pathetic really
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 5:45pm Pedro wrote:
And its always the same usual suspects whinging about me. Why would I therefore stop, as it does give me some satisfaction. Equally you can't help yourself but your comments only prolongs your pain

For the record, I did not go to a private school, so apologies for ruining your bizarre deviant fantasies on that one.
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 7:07pm Belladonna wrote:
Can we get back to the original subject.
OP - have you raised your concerns with the Depot? They have a facebook page too. But I think face to face would be more constructive than a thread on here. I think one of the problems they have is people going to eat and drink there , but not see a film, conflicts with the film goers. They need a separate drinks for filmgoers queue.
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 9:46pm Rose wrote:
About a month ago I handed my cv in to The Depot and was told 'we usually put older people behind the desk' which I found odd. I have managerial experience, am hard working, an excellent time-keeper, highly organised and live locally. I have not heard from them. I've been told they choose only young people to work there who seem to be pretty inexperienced and are not getting the training or guidance needed for the efficient running of a business. A friends son applied at the same time as me and was called for interview and given a job within days.
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On 27 Jul 2017 at 11:45pm Dick wrote:
The bar queues are more or less sorted. You're going to get busy times anywhere. Why don't you enjoy this new facility rather than complain about it ? I had a great evening out with a 4 ticket to a terrific new movie and a good value pint of beer.
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On 28 Jul 2017 at 12:20am 123 wrote:
The bar is absolutely not sorted. I went in two evenings ago; there were only two of us at the bar waiting to be served so I didn't anticipate a long wait, I was wrong. While I was waiting to be served I watched two members of staff very slowly polishing glasses while they chatted, another standing by the coffee machine and a fourth standing by the bar holding a tray. There were no customers at that end of the bar so I thought one of them might saunter across and serve me, but no.
When I was finally served the member of staff walked to the till after each order and rang up the cost of each drink, I only had three - she said she did this in case she forgot what I'd ordered. I asked for two glasses of wine but she was unable to open the bottle and had to find someone else to do this.
I took the drinks outside and when my friends asked why I'd taken so long I told them, much to the amusement of the people sitting opposite us as they'd just had a similar experience.
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On 28 Jul 2017 at 6:15am Minimum Wage is less for wrote:
younger people. There's the answer. Charity run, Pah !
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On 28 Jul 2017 at 6:27am Queuer wrote:
My thoughts as OP
@Belladonna - not face to face personally, but it's absolutely certain that they are aware. Many people I have spoken to have complained verbally, often to be told "well, we are a charity"
@Rose - interesting - but there are older people serving - it seems that the issue is with process & capability, not age
@Dick - very far from sorted I'm afraid, I do enjoy it (see thread title), won't go anywhere else - but should be bettter
@123 - thanks - sadly an absolutely typical experience, paying customers should not be treated like this & it demeans the whole project
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On 28 Jul 2017 at 8:15am Earl of Lewess wrote:
Glad we're back on topic. I wonder if P.edro could refrain from mentioning cannabis in the future, as this always seems to spark off an unnecessary diversion. Re: the comment about the bar being sorted, that's nonsense. It's as bad now as it was during the first week. The charitable status is irrelevant. There's no reason why the bar can't be run professionally, with staff who are trained to know which customer is next. Failing that, have a queuing system. Anything except the current mess. It's a shame, as the cinema part of The Depot is really good.
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On 28 Jul 2017 at 10:05am Barry Norman wrote:
Charity or it, if you are going to run a bar, then do it properly. The quicker you sell drinks, the more money you make for the charity surely?
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On 29 Jul 2017 at 1:13pm Shameus wrote:
In a thick queue a (mature) member of staff said to me why not use the bar at the other end? Another bar? Yes. Do they have the beer I want on draught? Yes.
Sorry, no draught beers sir.
 
 
On 31 Jul 2017 at 11:30pm Belladonna wrote:
Rose I would go in and ask to speak to the manager and find out why they haven't asked you for interview. Their attitude sounds discriminatory to be honest - putting older people behind ? Why ? I suspect they are using zero hours contracts to try to keep staffing costs down.
This explanation of being a charity is a pretty feeble excuse for being unprofessional it seems.


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