Put Some Pep In Your Step

, , , , , , , | Right | June 22, 2020

The small local grocery store used to open at 8:00 but now opens at 6:30 for a ninety-minute senior-only shopping period. I show up around 8:15 and run into an employee I know.

Me: “Hey, [Employee].”

The employee yawns.

Me: “Senior hours going well, then?”

Later, when I get home, I realize that I forgot some essentials, so I return the next morning and see the same employee and the owner.

Me: “Hey, [Employee], how are y–”

Employee:Goooooood morning, [My Name]! Lovely day!”

She literally dances off. I see the owner shaking his head.

Owner: “Yesterday, half of [Neighborhood]’s retirees showed up and every single one commented on how everyone needs their beauty sleep. I heard the phrase ‘buck up’ a dozen times when someone yawned.”

He sighs and points to a trash can overflowing with paper cups from a local cafe.

Owner: “[Local Cafe] decided to do a seniors hour, too. So a dozen grandmas bought coffee for the entire store. They keep the economy going, they keep my employees awake, but they don’t have to deal with the consequences!”

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