Quote: I actually applied to work at Radio Shack myself several years ago. Even though I was applying to work at the one in my town, I had to travel to the regional headquarters for the interview, which cost a total of about $100 in cab fare.
Well once I got to the interview, it was pretty much a complete sham. The interviewer spent about 15 minutes insulting me without even letting me talk or ever giving me serious consideration.
I understand that this story may not be particularly relevant from a "tech" standpoint, but I felt very insulted that they would waste so much of my time and money on something that turned out to be a "fake" interview.
I have also had miscellaneous bad experiences with their in-store employees. No single enormous incident stands out, but they are generally disrespectful and pushy, and on one occasion I traveled a great distance to a store to get something that was listed as "in stock" on their web site, only to find that their web site is totally inaccurate and they didn't have it (and never do).
Back when I started with this company they would have an "Open House" at the District Office in the District that you were applying to. Your story actually surprises me as they usually blow a lot of smoke up your ass telling you how this is the "Best company to work for in the world". They tell you that you "CAN" make $15 - $20 per hour but they don't tell you how many cellphones a day you would have to sell in order to be able to make that kind of money.
These days with the economy and unemployment rate being what it is i'm really not surprised at your story about the interview process. You are under immense pressure to sell certain percentages of things in order to even get to the point where you make commission. The payplan changes constantly and it's designed to make you confused about how much you will actually make.
I'm sorry to hear about how you were treated but I guess that when a company becomes Evil it comes with the territory.