This is why I don’t like computer people.

Tribute To Jack Goldin

One of my early tasks in the mid-80’s was to do a monthly physical stocktake of M D Frysh in the warehouse downstairs. I then had to write down my counts on the printed computer stock ledger and meet with Jack to show him.

He would be very unhappy if there was a greater than 5% discrepancy between the stock ledger tally and my physical count. Sadly, this was more the case than not.

Sitting in front of him at his desk, after the third month of doing this, he looked at me and said: “This is why I don’t like computer people.”!

He called to his secretary, Chritsta Hattingh, and asked her to summon Andre Venter, the AS400 manager, to his office and told me to stay put. Andre arrived and was motioned to sit down next to me. Jack told Andre what my monthly task was, and Andre responded that he was aware of this. That response lit the short fuse!

Jack promptly launched into a verbal tirade at Andre, accusing him of being an idiot, useless, computer person, spewing crap out of the computers, etc.! In the midst of this verbal tirade, the unthinkable happened: Jack’s bottom denture flew out onto the desk!!
My eyes were wide as saucers, as were Andre’s, yet Jack kept on with his tirade!
Then suddenly Jack realised he ‘did not sound right’! He stopped, looked down, saw his dentures on the desk, looked at us and said: “Wait here”. He picked up his dentures and went to the cloakroom adjoining his office. While he was in there, I looked at Andre with his eyes still wide open in shock, and told him the prelude to all this!

Jack returned shortly, freshened up, and sat down. He put his half-lens reading glasses back on, looked at Andre, picked up the computer stock ledger printout, threw it in Andre’s face and promptly started his tirade where he had left off! Well, well, well!
Then he told Andre to take the printout and get out of the office! I sat rooted to my chair while he carried on making some notes. A few minutes passed, he looked at me and said “Yes?”. I replied: “Um, is there anything else, Mr Goldin?” He said:”NO. You may go.”

Tony Sanders (34 years service)



About Matteo Coné

Matteo joined the Clicks Brand in 1974 as a Trainee Manager and spent the first nine years of his career in operational management roles within stores. In 1983 he was promoted to the role of Buyer and joined the Merchandise Division. During the following twenty seven years, he applied his extensive buying expertise to various categories and assisted the business in growing from a small retailer to the national household name that it is today. Matteo has not only gained the respect of his many colleagues through the years, but also with the many suppliers that he has dealt with.
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