Back to Work

I am back to my regular work schedule. Some things are exactly the same and others have radically changed.

What’s the same? Items still need to be pulled. They still appreciate how hard I work and how I have the big picture in mind.

What has changed? Lots of things. Social distancing is enforced. If a customer keeps violating the six-foot rule, we can call the cops. Also, we are taking appointments, ten per hour. No more than 12 customers in the store at a time. Lots and lots of cleaning. Employees all have to wear masks, but customers don’t, which I think is a huge mistake. We don’t want to be “confrontational” and require customers to wear masks, but lives are at stake. Our clientele tends to be elderly and scraping the bottom of the socio-economic barrel. These customers are vulnerable.

I take the coronavirus seriously. My parents don’t. They live near Mason. They have been home from Florida for about a month. They have gone to Meijer to buy groceries repeatedly. They have not gotten sick. Now the new Mason Goodwill is open,  by appointment. If my mom gets the virus, brings it home to my dad, and he gets sick (he already has COPD), I am going to be so pissed. I really hope the employees there are adhering to corporate cleanliness guidelines. This is personal.  Also, if there is an outbreak in Ingham and Eaton counties and some of the cases get tracked to our store, they will shut it down so fast, it will make your head spin. I would like to keep my job.

I look at every customer as someone’s mom, dad, aunt, uncle, brother, or sister. Nobody wants to get the call at three in the morning saying, “Dad’s in the hospital. We can’t visit. The hospital is out of ventilators. Pray for Dad.” Not all customers are understanding the point of all the new rules. We tell them the rules are for their protection, not so much ours. Some customers think the rules are BS and hate them. We can only hope it is a long and healthy hate.

About cdhoagpurple

I live in Michigan. I was Greek Orthodox (and previously Protestant), but now am more Buddhist than anything. I am single now (through the till-death-do-you-part clause of the marriage contract). My husband Barry was a good man and celebrated 30 years in AA. I am overly educated, with an MBA. My life felt terminally in-limbo while caring for a sick husband, but I am free now. I see all things as being in transition. Impermanence is the ultimate fact of life. Nothing remains the same, good or bad.

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