These are essential employees, the ones who enable us to get needed food and supplies. There's a lot more to this work than one might realize. And now they're working in a danger zone, exposed to customers who may be ill, risking the coronavirus.
This work has value. In addition, job titles tell us very little about the person behind the name tag. What are their hobbies, interests, and dreams?
I have kind, brilliant, and clever friends who work in customer service. John is a delightful physics nerd who tinkers with alternate energy inventions. He makes veggie juices in a natural foods store.
Carol works as a cashier and has a gift for making you feel cheerful. Jane could talk history and politics for hours. She devours books and articles like candy and works retail.
Russ earned a law degree, hated the work, and now paints the outsides of houses. Kate is a marvelous poet, Mark is an author, and both stock shelves in a grocery store.
If you choose to be a pompous a**, you'll miss out on all these intriguing, unconventional, potential friends. And, at the very least, BE POLITE!
What are your experiences?