Sunday Shopping

Yesterday the ex showed up at my till with the new girlfriend.
For someone who says that we were great friends I have no idea who she is.
I also may have gotten a little tetchy with him after the second time of him braying ‘huh?’ like an ass and suggested sharply that he invest in some damn hearing aids.
The customer behind not knowing the situation only caught the part about ‘damn hearing aids’ but I was in no mood to dispel his attitude towards me with an explanation.
I should not work Sundays.
I mean I can work just I should be done at 5 and not work through until 6.
I get irritated at the people walking into the store when we have 2 minutes until close for just one or two items.
$500 later and I am steaming.
Okay that may be an exaggeration on my part as it has never been that bad but I know that K told me about one where it was close to $300 and the customer refused to come to the till until they were done shopping.
Now this is where my customer service differs from theirs.
As a supervisor I brooked no shit with people shopping after close.
We have hours to shop in not before and most definitely not after.
Staff would like to get home and either go to bed or spend the rest of the evening with their families as is the case on Sundays.
I would go and let the customer know that we were closed and to head to the front.
The supervisors today are letting people slip in and shop for fear of upsetting them.
Look we are open 7 days a week.
7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 6 days a week.
12-6 on Sundays.
Please explain to me why you feel the need to wait until 5:59 to run to the store?
I was telling J yesterday that were I to stop at a business and they were closing even in 5 minutes I would turn around and go home.
Nothing is that important that it cannot wait.
I am not going to be that person.
I am just not a Sunday person.
I did not grow up with Sunday shopping.
If you ran out of something you went to the corner store, little mom and pop places where they knew your name.
Even Saturday everything was closed by 6 p.m.
And we are not talking about the 50’s.
In Steinbach our Main Street is shut down at 6 p.m.
Stores in the mall close at 6 as well.
And it is still 2021.
©Aug. 2/21
Picture is my own

Little Sneaker

Of late Loki has been awakening me at 12-1 a.m. for food.
You would think that I would be able to ignore the little bugger but he has a very loud cry.
Add to that Lucky taught him all about scratching under the bed.
Last night was no different.
The threat of death did not quieten him.
I stumbled into the kitchen and squinted in the fridge looking for the cat food.
After feeding him my bladder makes itself known so I decide bathroom and back to bed.
I thought that I heard something but no all was quiet.
I was stood at the door hand on the light switch when I looked up.
And saw T coming out of his room.
I screamed.
Loud.
T (comes up to me and puts his arm around me): Mom I even told you I was awake.
Me: I did not hear you. And if you were still awake why the hell did you let Loki cry until I got up and fed him?
T: I’m getting a melatonin and something to eat.
He laughed.
I laughed.
I crawled into bed and fell asleep in no time.
T who knows what time he went to sleep at.
This morning I had to wake him up and send him out the door to meet his dad across the street.
Because construction.
©July 14/21
Picture is my own