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Clean Up Your Attitude About Cleaning Carts

, , , , | Right | November 18, 2022

One time while working at [Retail Chain], I am scheduled to clean carts while the other cart cleaner is on lunch. While I am doing so, this lady walks in with her kids and sees me cleaning carts. I say, “Hello,” since I have to if I don’t want to be fired. She leans down and tells her kids:

Lady: “See, that’s what happens if you don’t go to college: you end up cleaning carts for the rest of your life.”

I am a senior in high school, so I just kind of give her this bewildered look as she and her kids walk away.

Later on, I see her again in my checkout lane, since the other cart cleaner has come back from their lunch. I’m scanning her groceries and making small talk, and she is being sort of polite, but obviously, she doesn’t really have much interest in talking to me. After she pays and I give her the items, I say:

Me: “You have a good rest of your night. I’m a high schooler, by the way.”

Her face turned bright red as she took her bag and walked away with her kids.

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