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Mar.12.2013
No. 13: Clopen At UPI, the term was “short turnaround,” but for the Nametag Brigade that keeps three quarters of the economy on the march, it’s “clopen” – close the store at 9 p.m. open it at 7 a.m. I have explained to Amanda my love of regular sleeping patterns, and she has been sensitive when...
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Mar.06.2013
We’ve had a new person in floral, the sweet Jessica, who came from the produce department where she’d been working 20 hours a week standing at a sink in the huge back-of-the-store cooler, kept at 38 degrees, chopping fruit and veggies for the salad bar. Jessica was glad she didn’t have to wear her...
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Feb.28.2013
Feb. 28 qualifies as the lower descending colon of winter days. It’s part of the journey, but the stretch is dark and ugly. Bad news weighs more. Today, I barely had my apron tied when three women of middle years, one after another, came through the floral department and halted to admire the...
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Feb.20.2013
At least once a week, a man or woman comes into the floral department, eyes burning with that blue flame of fear: kid’s birthday party in an hour with 12 friends, got the cake, candles, streamers, but no balloons, can’t have a party without balloons, been searching everywhere, Party City, Party...
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Feb.15.2013
The zombie apocalypse stormed the floral department; by the dozens and dozens they appeared, all ages, sizes, colors, wallet girths but one sex – male. They stared befuddled at the First World hyper-abundance of something they can’t even eat. But they know they cannot go home, for reasons ancient...
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Feb.11.2013
Big guy, a XXL Ohio State sweatshirt, jeans, down jacket, walked into the department before 8 one morning. He waved off help. Ten minutes later, wandering the tables, he acknowledged confusion, maybe he could use another pair of eyes. He knew for sure nothing fragile, like roses. Something that...
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Feb.07.2013
Health insurance at Kroger for part-time workers unfolds thusly: Work fewer than 40 minimum-wage hours but at least 34, whenever the manager assigns the shift, and it’s six months to be eligible. Work fewer than 34 hours a week – to build in flexibility for that second part-time job to make rent –...
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Feb.05.2013
Written on every Kroger paystub are these words to ponder: “Highly Satisfied Customers Made This Check Possible.” A grocery can’t survive on one-time visitors. The store must satisfy people so highly that they call the place my Kroger – they come back not just for the weekly food dragnet but for...
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Feb.03.2013
Wise people have long argued that St. Valentine’s Day constitutes extortion. In the floral department, we say: You betcha. Also: Please step to the left to swipe your card. Today, the storeroom bulges with rolls of ribbon, yards and yards of hearts. The house plants now wear foil pot covers...
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Feb.01.2013
Came the word from on high, a manager with a telecom link to the PA: “Perishables delivery on the back dock.” The Truck has arrived. To cool my panic, I take a slug of a canned Arnold Palmer, which is remarkably not bad. Fifteen minutes later, Produce Nicolas steers a pallet jack bearing four feet...