I am sorry to report the state of humanity is swiftly declining. I work in grocery retail and have seen my fair share of the lowest of low. Tons of people everyday try to go above and beyond to create situations so that they can make outlandish complaints just to get a few items for free. The dishonesty and slimy lengths people will go through to lie cheat and steel has me absolutely disgusted.
Are you by chance an “essential” worker? Of course, you have what some people consider Doctors, Nurses, and EMTs at the top of the list when you hear those two words. I however would like to talk about another type of essential worker. The Grocery store worker. Yes, there are several more types of essential workers, and yes, I see you too neighborhood postal workers. The food can not stop we all have to eat so unless you live on a self-sustaining farm, you likely get your food from your neighborhood grocery store. It has not been easy for us who work in grocery retail. In the happening of COVIID We have found ourselves short staffed, Over worked underappreciated and blatantly disrespected due to many company policies changes, state laws and corperate policies. These changes are out of our control as cashiers and department workers. Simply asking a customer to put on a facial covering upon entering the store can lead to customers becoming irate with us. So, in this article I would like to remind others in these times to remember we are all in this together, we are all frustrated, we are all a little scared and just like you are putting yourself in the possibility of harm’s way, so are we. Some of us for minimum wadge with little to no benefits.
Halloween is Cancelled?
By Casey Ann Patterson
Unfortunately, I have heard Halloween 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID19. Where I live in Upstate NY within this last week, we have seen an uprise in people suffering from COVID19. The NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo has started dividing the effected areas into zones. With an uprise in COVID cases we now have yellow (some cases of COVID), orange (medium cases of COVID) and red zones (lots of COVID cases). I work and live on the cusp of a yellow zone. As autumn fills the air and Pumpkins and cider arrived on our shelves in my Grocery store my attention is drawn to the giant bags of candy still sitting in our displays. With COVID cases on the rise in our area, so far the only function that I know of that hasn’t been cancelled is our local trunk or treat and during this yearly activity, and participants are being asked to stay in their cars. I believe as we get closer to the eve that all children and adults look forward to besides Christmas, we will see more restrictions and children may be asked to refrain from traditional trick or treating.
I honestly must say the subject I am touching on right now is just my opinion. It is based on my life experience and on direct observation of other functioning and nonfunctioning families. I do not condone violence toward children and neither do I find it healthy to have a child who grows up out of control. As a mother of a 15-year-old and a care giver raising 2 toddlers I have to say My view has evolved as I have matured. It is not my intent to cause discourse or say what is right or wrong, my intent is only to make you think about why people spank, and whether it’s appropriate.
COVID19 has changed everyone’s way of life. I live in Upstate NY and have found life quite different than it used to be. Everything from working as an essential worker to going out to eat has completly changed. Uber eats, Grub hub, and door dash have become a major industry and an convenient option for those of us who do not wish to take the risk of leaving home and becoming exposed to the virus.