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Shirley at Foodmaster - Elizabeth Unexplained
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greyautumnrain
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Shirley at Foodmaster
I am a creature of habit. One of my many habits is that I do grocery shopping at Foodmaster on Tuesday nights right before the gamers arrive. The timing is designed to elimate the temptation to eat all the junk food that I buy for the run before the gamers show up. The destination is designated by the fact that Foodmaster is closest, and that while its not as upscale as the Star in Porter Square, it does possess adequate parking, unlike the Star in Porter Square.

Its probably not surprising that I buy mostly the same set of stuff every week with a little variation depending on what we've run out of. What is less usual is that I use the same cashier every week if at all possible. Shirley is an older woman, and is by far the best cashier in the place as far as I can tell. Choosing Shirley's line has a much better success rate in getting my out of the store promptly than just choosing the shortest line, so that's what I do.

Shirley is very friendly. We have exchange pleasantries every week as she rings up my groceries. She also knows me. She knows if I'm later than usual, tells the bagger how to bag my stuff, and will notify me if I failed to notice that one of my usual purchases is on sale. Yesterday, however, she went much further than I would ever have expected. She handed me an envelope of coupons for the Fruit2O that I usually buy! That's the kind of thoughtfulness that you just don't see every day.

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twe From: twe Date: January 19th, 2005 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)

How cool!

That's a great story.
merastra From: merastra Date: January 19th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like that. Competance recognized. :-)
jcatelli From: jcatelli Date: January 19th, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
How wonderful. That's the sort of person that makes me want to send notes to the management praising her.

greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: January 20th, 2005 11:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. Actually, I did something like that with one of the cafeteria guys when I worked at Thompson. Some managers from the company that runs the cafeteria were in one day, and so I said them, "So, not only does Laurence make much better sandwiches than anyone else, but he makes them three times as fast as anyone else. You are paying him three times as much, right?" The response I got indicated that while they probably weren't paying him triple what the other guys were getting, they were aware of what a good job he was doing.
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