Jessica GerberDolan: Cashier nervous about in-store shopping

Published: 7/10/2020 3:14:35 PM
Modified: 7/10/2020 3:14:24 PM

As I cash people out where I work, I look across the store and see numerous red sale signs. This sea of red has led to workers being unnecessarily and excessively exposed to an increasing number of customers.

The sale signs are posted in every aisle stating it is “this weekend only!”

Curbside pickup is always an option, however, not all the products in-store are shown online. To handle inventory piling up, many companies have chosen to increase sales rather than find ways to put all products that are in-store online.

Instead of overall lowering prices to increase profit, corporations have chosen to have limited day sales.

This method was popular before the COVID-19 crisis and the company I work for has chosen the old way to handle things. Before the crisis, this meant more workers and customers during the weekends.

Now it means if I want to continue receiving a paycheck I have to be checking people out while my hands are shaking — my mind thinking about my older family members and what will happen if I am exposed to the virus.

As a front-line worker, I do not have a say in how the company handles the COVID-19 crisis. I have written to those higher up in the company regarding this issue and I encourage you to do the same. In the meantime, if you want to shop, please buy items for curbside pickup rather than coming into the store.

This will keep you, me and those we love safe.

Jessica GerberDolan

Amherst


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