Let’s just hope Bill keeps his shirt on. Imagine the patterns he has shaved into his chest hair.


Bill: Well, if you’re sure this is what you want, I won’t stop you. We’ll just need to give Tracy notice.
Nate: I’d like to tell her myself, actually.

Bill: No problem. But she’s not back until Monday, and I’m not sure you’d want to bring it up at the picnic.
Nate: That’s fine. I wasn’t planning on going to that thing anyway.
Bill: I’m going to have to insist that you do. You’re still a member of my front end leadership team for now. You need to show some store spirit.

Nate: Fine, I’ll be sure to wear my special Speedo with the Food Baron logo on it.
Bill: Wait, you can get those?

Posted on March 18, 2011 at 12:00 am in Treading Ground. Follow responses to this post with the comments feed. You can leave a comment.

70 Responses

  1. Kagomechan09 says:

    lol I really wanna see him in that speedo now. And I’m curious as to what’s going to happen at the picnic…

  2. He’s quitting again? Where’s he going to work now?

    • RotSman says:

      Maybe he’s just changing departments or moving to another store?

    • Los says:

      I dunno, I think he’s jumping ship. He doesn’t have a lot of reason to stay. By my logic, he hates the job, he messed things up royally with Miranda, he doesn’t like Bill and he’s got a poisonous relationship with Tracy. Incidentally, I don’t think she’d handle him leaving well, for all her tough talk, if for nothing else than the fear that he’ll surpass her somewhere else and she can’t keep a boot on him as he does. Or she won’t wanna give up the nooners.

      • ninjaquiden says:

        could be that hes going to try and charge tracy with sexual harrasment. but thats not really likely because he seemed to be participating, and enjoying himself.

        • Jim says:

          No, didn’t Bill say; “We have to give tracy some notice”? … If someone is going to charge Sexual Harrassment, I DON’T think someone would yell “DUCK” before it hit!

          • Jim says:

            I’d go with “resignation” …

            Tracy IS his “Immediate Supervisor” and protocol would say, SHE must be notified when someone with the ‘seniority’ (like Nate has), leaves.

            • Pink Freud says:

              Sounds more like “Promotion” then “Resignation” – why else would he be considered “leadership team” book keeper is a post of some responsibility, but not really one of ‘leadership’ I am betting that he is a) crying harassment, and b) getting her job.

      • The Negro Guy says:

        Them Negro Guy likes the way you think.

  3. Mmmm…tasty, tasty speedos.
    Worst. Invention. Ever.

    • TheReindeerLady says:

      Well they’re not ideal on anyone. They can unveil disappointments about someone who is otherwise delectable, which can roll clousd over the sunniest day, even allowing for cold water’s…effects. But they really approach ‘crime against humanity’ on the kinds of guys who usually seem to think they look good in them…These men usually seem to look like my dad (who has too much dignity to choose the speedo option). As to what my dad looks like…he’s a 60ish guy who could sue Nintendo for appropriating his image and not cutting him in on the profits. Short, potbellied guy with a mustache and a ballcap. Hell, my dad’s even a plumber.

      • Pashakitty says:

        I hate budgie smugglers… there’s never a good reason to wear one. Oh, and for those who don’t know some folks call speedos budgie smugglers because it makes a guy look like he shoved a small bird down his pants to try and hide it. A budgie is a small bird.

        • TheReindeerLady says:

          Budgie smugglers, HA! Oh jeez, I can just imagine some poor, hysterical little parakeet trying desperately to escape some dude’s tiny little man-ties! XD

  4. Shadow Nebula says:

    And so the plot thickens

  5. fezz says:

    7th! thats where the real money is not first

  6. N8 says:

    I sense Nate’s impending resignation and possibly Tracy’s termination due to sexual harrassment.

    Also, to answer Nick’s question, I’m picturing the “Man-o-Lantern” style from the movie “40-year-old Virgin.”

  7. Plasmo says:

    Like I said Fridays comic won’t be anything special but Mondays if my prediction is correct is going to be interesting.

    Keep up the good work Nick this is one interesting comic.

  8. Bubbaclaw says:

    Nate in a speedo. LMAO

  9. TheGurw says:

    where’s TheNegroGuy?

    • The Negro Guy says:

      The Negro Guy had to drop his moms off at the hospital cuz’ she had a seizure.

      • MJSox says:

        Hope she’s doing okay. Not a fun thing to go through.

        • The Negro Guy says:

          The Negro Guy says she’s fine. She just forgot to take her meds.

          • Minty-Phresh says:

            Yea, that happens to my brother sometimes, although his are never hospital bad.

            • Kramegame says:

              They say any seizure is bad. He should at least check in with a doctor afterwards just to be safe….

              • ILoveTheNegroGuy says:

                True that any seizure is bad but only if said seizure last over 3 minutes permanent damage can set in. My sister has grand-mal seizures which are the worst and most violent kind which can last around a minute or longer. I have witnessed seizures last up to 7 minutes even with the use of a diastat. It is caused by a neurological imbalance disorder usually progressing towards epilepsy. I work with adults and children who suffer from seizures and or epilepsy. Those who have seizures may not be epileptic.

                • Kessog says:

                  Our department head had a seizure recently that supposedly lasted 20 minutes! No history or anything. He seems to be fine but they wont let him drive very far yet.

          • TheReindeerLady says:

            Sorry to hear about your mom, TNG. I have a brother and sister who each have seizure disorders, the brother form head injuries sustained on active military duty, the sis from a botched spinal procedure. They both have some long seizures, or sometimes an extended series of small ones so close on each others’ heels that it takes an EEG to tell when one ends and the next begins. In my brother’s case they’re even worse because he appears to be lucid and just having a tantrum, even though he’s not. Even some of his VA providers have accused him of faking >.< Guess my point is I feel ya on this one. Best wishes to ya.

          • The Negro Guy says:

            The Negro Guy thanks you all for the support.

  10. Ghost says:

    Bill is clearly lacking in a perception of sarcasm. It’s not a particularly hard skill to aquire.

    • The Negro Guy says:

      The Negro Guy says especially for black people.

      • spike says:

        not that race really matters in this department in my opionion, but i thought jewish people were the ones known for sarcasm. if we’re talking racial stereotypes black people are supposed to be good at basketball and wearing they’re pants half falling off.

    • Neil says:

      Um… It’s hardly a skill. It’s something that’s obvious without any effort to most people, and highly counterintuitive to the rest of us.

      • Ghost says:

        You would understand why I class it as a skill if you had ever met my sister – she is completely oblivious to all forms of sarcasm despite much effort from many people to teach her that not everything that people say should be taken too seriously.

        That said, it is generally obvious to most people when someone is being sarcastic. However, there will always be the odd few who are the exception.

  11. Ginger says:

    What’s Bill going to do to Nate if he DOESN’T go? FIRE him?

    • Minty-Phresh says:

      Likely. From personal experience it’s better to quit than to be fired. That can screw you up for other jobs.

      • Pashakitty says:

        Ah… but if you quit that screws you for unemployment benefits… though if you’re fired for due cause I guess the point is moot since you wouldn’t qualify for benefits either.

  12. Hornet says:

    What is the Food Baron logo???

  13. Poor White Guy says:

    Seems to me he probably asked to have Tracy tranfered or something, which there is plenty reasoning for.
    Awesome comic man.

  14. Tia says:

    I want to see Purvous on a surf board. In hot Pink board shorts. Owning that shit.

  15. Socks says:

    Wait so Tracy is Nate’s boss? I can only imagine the comedy gold comments that could be spawn from that sentence alone.

    I figured that Arne was Nate’s boss and Tracy was the bookkeeper.

    Great work though Nick, I already wish it were Monday all ready.

    • TheEsquire says:

      I could be wrong since I didn’t go back in the comics to verify, but I thought Nate was hired as bookkeeper as well as a cashier when he got his job back, and Tracy was CSM (Not sure what that one stands for, I’ve never heard it used)

      EDIT: I lied. Just before posting, I decided to look for it. Check comic #28, Tracy calls Nate her bookkeeper.

  16. That Jewish Dude says:

    That Jewish dude wants to know just WHY Nate has a Food Baron Speedo. And where would the logo even go?


  17. The Caucasian Guy says:

    A) Speedos *shivers*

    B) Bill should not be wanting to get a pair

    and C) Pineapple

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