Over the past week, I’ve spent a large portion of my time standing behind a till, working for the small corner-store, Spar- and it’s been an amazing experience. I don’t mean that in a, ‘Oh shit, my boss might be reading’ sense- the shop has a fantastically friendly working atmosphere, to the point that I genuinely enjoy going in and spending my time there. There are certain things a person picks up by standing behind a till for six hours at a time, though, and I want to share them with you.
1. People seem to think shop-keeps are inanimate- and maybe we are. I’ve been noticing this as the week goes on. People tend to look at you, and treat you, as if you’re not really there, as if you’re just an extension of the shop- and maybe, while you’re in work, that’s what you become. You are, in essence, just a barrier put in by the shop to stand between the customer and the thing they want. In being this, people forget you are a human being- and this leads on to,
2. People think you’re deaf. Something about working behind a till seems to make people think that you are incapable of hearing them. They’re very happy to talk away about the most deep and intimate things to their friends while you’re standing right in front of them- toilet routines, sexual encounters, and, very frighteningly-
3. Domestic abuse is a shockingly pervasive phenomenon, and not just for women. I was standing, as ever, behind my till, and, (being the nosey human being that I am), was listening to a conversation two of the customers were having. (Well, when I say nosey, they weren’t really making any effort to conceal what they were saying). It was between a man and a woman, and they were discussing how a male friend of theirs had been beaten by his girlfriend, and the things she had been doing, and how he had tried to defend her. Conversations like this seem to happen a lot- and it’s terrifying. This kind of abuse seems to be rampant- and that’s unacceptable. Patrick Stewart’s video about domestic abuse, (while focusing on the more-reported phenomenon of abuse of women), has been making the rounds recently, so I’m including it here- give it a watch.
4. On a lighter note, it’s amazing how many people win the lottery, and scratch cards. You would be surprised- apparently, they’re not all nonsense!
5. People are all very similar. When you come in contact with hundreds of people a day, you start to see the similarities between them all. Of course, there are wild differences in personality, in attitude, and all of that- but, really, you notice, (or you do if you talk to them like I do), that everyone’s just trying to be happy, and trying to get by. Which is a nice thing, really. I’ve known this for a while, and I’ve probably talked about it before, but when you’re confronted with a steady stream of people, it becomes more and more apparent. We’re all wonderfully, wonderfully alive out here.
That’s me for this week! I’m going to get back to the new task that’s absorbing all of my attention; knitting. I am honestly the coolest person I know.
As ever, if you have any cool stories, send them to me at email@example.com,
Hope you’ve had an awesome weekend,
I’m a cool person,