My first real job! I worked there part time in mid 90's for three years and had a blast. I was terrible at selling stuff! They would always want us to push for things like "three items a ticket" and the extended warranties. I hated bothering people for such nonsense. And don't even get me started on the name and address nonsense! They actually tracked that stuff and if you didn't hit a certain percentage of sales tickets with names and addresses on them, you would get in trouble!
It was an interesting time for consumer electronics because home computers were just starting to become mainstream - we only had two computers on display and one had a whopping 212MB hard drive with 2MB of RAM! Cell phones were also a new thing for people - we had three, two were "bag phones" and one was a handheld phone. DVD players didn't exist, or if they did they were luxury high end items because we didn't carry any. It was truly still a dominate analog world, which was nice because you still understood how it all worked!
The best part of the job for me was just being able to play around with all the stuff in the store. I was often the only one working there in the evenings and because I was the part timer, worked most Sundays alone too. The store was in your typical small town. At the time it was in the only shopping center in town. And we were such a low volume store I always wondered why they kept it open. Guess it made just enough money to make a profit! It wouldn't be unusual to only see 5 or 6 customers on a Sunday shift. So I had plenty of time to demo stuff. Another nice perk was what they called the $50 rule. Basically, if someone returned an item "defective" and the cost to the store was under $50, it could be tossed in the garbage and not sent back to corporate. Anything that met this criteria, if it was still in good physical condition, I would take home and try to fix it. I acquired (and still have) a very nice multi-meter that someone simply burnt out the fuses! Also got a nice little shortwave radio that only issue was a disconnected speaker wire.
So in a way, I'm sad to see it go. But a couple of years after I left they had a bright idea to get rid of their bread and butter, the electronic parts, and turn Radio Shack into a cell phone store. That ruined it for me. I remember walking into a Radio Shack about 10 years ago and specifically asking for a "motorola type antenna jack for a car stereo". Honestly, that's exactly how you would describe the part and it was for putting a new end on the coax wire going to the antenna in your vehicle. They sales guy took me to the Motorola cell phone accessories display and asked me "would it be in here?" I shook my head and told him I would find it myself. Which I did, in the back of the store. And when I went to pay for it, he had no clue what it was for. After that, I had no need to walk into a Radio Shack ever again.