I joined Clicks 6 months after it opened in 1968 and originally started in the women’s section. I had to see that the section was filled up and clean.
St Georges Street was the first store to open and it was a goldmine for Mr Goldin. In those days everybody was scared of him. He was incredibly pedantic and did not accept anything but the best from us. He taught me how to stand up for myself because someone who did not could never have lasted.
In those days we really had to perform. We did all our work with a ruler to make sure all the tins were straight. That was the level of perfection demanded and we did not always go home on time. Often we used to get home at two o’clock in the morning.
I was often naughty and I really like to laugh. I remember Clicks sold a toy laughing bag. During lunch periods I used to turn them all on so they all laughed. This had the entire staff in stiches. At Clicks, through the years, we have had lots of hard work, we have shed tears, shared good times and it has been such a good experience. I am still happy here and that is not going to change.
Sybil Thwaites (40 Years Service)
Source: 40 years of Clicks 1968 – 2008 Magazine page 60