|A Safeway-Sponsored Rant
||[Jun. 3rd, 2006|11:56 pm]
After a few days of my mind-blowingly crap summer job at Safeway, I've noticed something. People are douchebags. Part of my tasks as a 'courtesy cleark' (ie - bagboy with other, equally crummy small jobs tacked on. Yay!) involves sweeps. You know that huge-ass push broom that's like four feet wide they use in grocery stores? On designated hours I get to use that and run it through the aisles and other parts of the store. Sweeping aisles usually involves pushing the broom up one side, turning at the end, and running along the opposite side. Obviously, shoppers and such are using the aisle space while I'm... brooming. This is where my beef begins. Some individuals are quite courteous and move over to the other side of the aisle when I ask politely for them to move (oddly, old women seem to be the most nice about this). About 80% of the time, though, I'm either ignored or, more often, given The Unholy Glare Of Death before they shuffle off to the other side of the aisle. Having a broom in my hands seems to mark me as the source of all derision in the eyes of those within the store. To those individuals - yes, I apologize. I forgot that the act of stepping three feet to the left is a physical act requiring many years of hard training, and Olympic Sidesteppers are few and far between in Calgary (they're more often seen in the Vancouver area which contains far better athletic sidestepping equipment and facilities). I also realize that doing so adds a whopping half-second to your shopping experience, eating away valuable time for you to drive around in your pointlessly large SUV and pickup truck (both extremely necessary for grocery runs in an urban environment with paved roads) and watch the latest episode of Desperate Housewives or whatever show they have nowadays people think is 'good'. Trust me, I'd rather not have a job involving me sweeping grocery store floors in the first place and therefore wouldn't have to ask you to get out of the way, but there's a reason sweeps are done. There are stupid amounts of people making use of the space in a given day and unless you want to buy your food in a place with floors covered with the trash of previous customers, please move the fuck over in a manner that dosen't suggest some herculian effort on your part.|
I saw another truck with a confederate flag license plate on the front bumper. It seems like these plates are always found on a ridiculously huge pickup truck or a trashy delivery van. Jesus, if this place really is peppered with so many confederate supporters I shudder to think what it's like in states that were actually PART of the confederacy. And the Texans wonder why I never want to set foot in their state...