Lance is the leaving assistant. Hardware is on the opposite side of the store.
Aha, on goes the little lightbulb in my brain. Sure enough, the three assistants start grabbing the bagged plastic and hangers and all kinds of stuff out of receiving and shoving it into Lance's car. I wasn't watching too closely, but it was kind of hilarious, especially since one of the ones involved used to be my assistant manager, and he's about as by-the-book as they come.
I'm gonna miss these folks, I think.