Grocery Etiquette #107

Oh how people have changed when it comes to helping others without expectation of anything in return. To aid without anything other than kindness so as to not to watch a person struggle.

You must be wondering what has my ire up. And I will tell you, believe me I will. (If you saw me with head cocked to the side eyebrow raised as I said that you win for accurate imaginings)

Yesterday I was running my order to the back.

The area of the store where my section is located (hidden) is in the back corner by the bakery. That is to the right of the doors. To the left, is the milk cooler. With a bank of 8-10 doors. (I cannot quite envision in my head how many doors there are) Total shelf height is probably 6′ or a little more.

As I came up, there was a lady (I got ‘yelled’ at yesterday when telling this story to co-workers because I called her a little old lady-she was short, and maybe 65-70 years old) and she came up maybe to just about my shoulders, maybe a tad shy of that. Behind her stood a youngish man wearing his fancy shoes and suit pants, hounds tooth checked overcoat.

I am watching her practically crawling into the cooler, standing on tip toes plucking at the milk on the top shelf. Poking at bottom, trying to tilt it. All the while Mr. I am Too Important stood there watching her. WATCHING HER STRUGGLE TO GET THE MILK CARTON DOWN.

“Excuse me ma’am, would you like me to get that down for you?”

Just as I was asking my question the milk carton popped up and she grabbed it.

Turning to smile triumphantly at me she said:

I got it thank you. My exercise for the day!

I laughed as I walked around to the doors to the back. I cut eyed the ignorant jerk standing behind her. Had I not been in uniform I might have said something to him, or an under my breath aside that he could catch just on the periphery of his hearing.

I was telling this to a group of co-workers (containing the co-worker who ‘yelled’ at me while laughing) and one of them looked at me sharply. Which I thought was a little weird until she said:

Jay, I thought you said had you not been in uniform that you might have socked him.

Now that is a thought isn’t it?

And Another One

I have had a busy two days.

On Wednesday K was unable to get in because of highway conditions. Icy. Snow blowing. Better all around to stay home and stay safe.

Having said that guess who was nominated to supervise for the day? You guessed it…! Because I am able to do everything!

Pull orders. Answer pages. Answer more pages. And more.

Yesterday I swear I was going to murder someone.

I know not everyone thinks like me, but common sense would dictate that you do not put a new cashier at the Express checkout. Give your head a shake. When the 2 p.m. supervisor came in I suggested he move her to a large till and put someone a bit more experienced in express. It did not help.

I was helping meat department put out smokewall items and chatting with a co-worker. Out of corner of eye I could see a regular customer eyeing me and I was a bit unsure of issue.

Customer (male): That is the one there right?

I turn my head a bit because I am fearing an ambush (not really but was bewildered) and his wife walked up to the cart. She looked over and said:

Yes that is her! Excuse me I would just like to tell you that you do an awesome job. I see ypu all over the store helping people and I wanted to tell you that.

I beamed. My smile could have lit up the sky if it had been cloudy. But I sure did give the pale lemon orb in the sky a run for its money.

You know it means more to me to receive a compliment like this direct from the customer then to have BB tell me. Knowing that there are those who appreciate my service and SEE me not the uniform…..I have no words to express how hearing that directly makes me feel.

Other than my lighting up shinier then a Christmas Tree with all its lights on.

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