Essential Services huh?

I work in a grocery store. Last year, I got sick at least six times from customers. I'd start my shift feeling fine, and by the end of the night, I'd get that tickle in my throat that meant I've caught a bug from someone. I don't make much money, and I don't get sick days so I had no choice but to come in sick and (cautiously) power through it in order to make ends meet. Every day I see customers coughing and sneezing all over the place without bothering to cover themselves. I remember learning in elementary school that you cough and sneeze into your sleeve or elbow. The worst part is when people lick their fingers to open the plastic bags and then start picking through all the produce which now has their saliva all over it. I just got home from my shift at work today. Before I left, a man sneezed loudly without bothering to cover himself. Some of the spray got on my face. So even during this period of social distancing and being extra vigilant about stopping the spread of a virus, this fucking idiot couldn't be bothered to be considerate of others and cover himself. It took all the willpower I had to not punch him in the face. If I so much as said to him "sir, please sneeze into your sleeve" he could have thrown a hissy fit and complained to the manager (these people bitch and complain about anything) and I'm the one who would be suspended or fired because that's how things work in retail. I've been wondering for a long time why people act like this. Why are people so inconsiderate and irresponsible? I actually think its because we celebrate narcissism in this country. Selfishness and self-absorption permeate the culture. Think about it. How often have you heard the idea "I don't care about anyone else or what they think, I do what make ME happy." Somehow, "fuck everyone else" became a virtue here. And when I think of the spring-breakers heading to Florida's beaches in YOLO mode the whole lesson of the Corona virus pandemic really becomes clear: this pandemic wouldn't have been nearly so severe if certain people just gave a damn about other people by practicing good habits and hygiene. They chose instead to act like pigs who worship at the altar of "me."

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I feel so badly for you!

Apr 1, 2020 at 6:32pm

I thank every single person at the checkout if I have to shop. You are truly as deserving of applause as anyone else who is expected to keep going to work. As for the finger licking people, while I understand your issues because those bags can be SO hard to open, try this instead. You’re using them mostly for produce. The stores routinely spray water on lots of produce, so just tap a finger into a wet spot on the edge of the section for the item, and there you go.

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What company do you work for?

Apr 1, 2020 at 7:59pm

We will throw the hissy fit at your manager. Stand up for yourself. This is definitely the one time you can. Sneezing on people is not acceptable and he can take his business somewhere else, as supermarkets are getting bumper profits for once.

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Alexs

Apr 1, 2020 at 8:44pm

You re doing a wonderful job, than you very much. Believe me some people really appreciate your help, no matter what job you have, you can always do good and make other people's days better! Sending you light and love!

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Karma

Apr 1, 2020 at 9:36pm

Even though I don’t necessarily believe in it, I wish it came down on the irresponsible people that are treating this with a YOLO attitude. If they all got sick and died the world would be a better place. I know that’s harsh but it’s the truth.

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Yeah girl!

Apr 2, 2020 at 7:59am

You said it!
Reminder to all reading.
Wash your glasses they carry all those sneeze germs by your eyes nose and mouth! And do not huff and polish your glasses.
Use alcohol at 70%

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Im sure

Apr 2, 2020 at 11:35am

Vancouver is worse for this kind of behavior. I feel for you.

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Brutal

Apr 3, 2020 at 10:26am

That is truly disgusting and I feel so sorry for grocery clerks! Can’t they put up plastic barriers? I know some stores are doing that and it’s a good idea. I hope you don’t get sick. I’m OCD on a good day so most of the things the public does really bothers me.... must drive you crazy. Please know you are appreciated by so many people - food services are on the front lines and like doctors you are all heroes keeping our society going.

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Thanks

Apr 3, 2020 at 3:44pm

For your service. We’re not all narcissists out here. But I do see them too and I hear you

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