Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Value Added Life.
I was watching a comedy the other night, it was a repeat episode from about five years ago, so well before the covid disaster. It doesn't matter what show it was because they were playing a common premise. One of the main characters had to get a job, he was lazy and had been living off of family. He applied to work at a grocery store and right away that was supposed to imply something very negative, that the people working hard for little pay were somehow beneath this "cool" parasite, he was somehow, better than them.
I believe everyone has value, I respect any hard working person that does a job and does their job well. I don't discriminate against the type of job they do. During this time of... well.. danger, these workers are the ones standing between something still resembling normal times and panic from total chaos. If people went looney over hand sanitizer and toilet paper, imagine if grocery stores shut down for four weeks. I am hearing stories of employees being yelled at and treated rudely, in Quebec one young father was run down because a customer didn't want to have to social distance in a parking lot line up.
I have mentioned before that I always make it a point to speak with the cashier and the person bagging my purchases. Usually I make a little joke, it's just my little way of saying, "I see you, I appreciate your service, you are not just part of the counter/cash register system. Usually they light up once they realize I'm making a connection with them. Something different from being ignored all day by people talking to their phones while staring at them. I'm really glad that I have never taken for granted these people, especially now with what is happening around us. Sometimes there is an attitude that these people should work, its their fault for not working in a "real" job. It's their fault for not being able to save for a rainy day.
I hope people sheltering safely at home would think about the poor person behind the counter, I know that I certainly wouldn't want to be dealing with customers all day! I also hope that portraying those workers as idiots, too dumb to find another type of job, will become a thing of the past. I haven't been to a store in four weeks, imagine how many people they have dealt with in the past four weeks. People who have done nothing wrong should not be ridiculed and deserve respect, especially now. I know that I certainly miss the freedom to just go and pick up groceries when ever I needed them like in the old days!