Something Unexpected At The Grocery Store Today
I was standing before the cashier at the grocery store. There was a piece of plastic recently installed between us. And not for the first time I thought:
1) This plastic does not offer protection for these cashiers.
2) These cashiers are likely being paid minimum wage.
3) These cashiers are in danger WAY more than most people.
I put my card into the slot thingy, and then the screen asked: Would you like cash?
A thought popped into my head. I glanced around, counted five cashiers, and typed in: $100. I said to the cashier: “Can I have that in 20s?”
She handed me five 20s. I handed her one back and said: “Thank you coming to work every day.” She was about my age and looked stunned.
I went to the adjacent cashier and did the same thing. She, too, looked stunned. Stunned. Then I went to the remaining three. All had the same reaction.
While I’m in terrible financial shape because my sales have mostly dropped off a cliff with zero sign of improving for many many months, this small effort today felt important. There are millions of people going to work daily with little to no protection but their service is helping many millions of other people. While $20 will do little I suspect that being appreciated will matter.
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