Sunday, June 07, 2009

Lessons learned from the deli......

Well, school is officially out. I have to go over tomorrow and finish up some stuff, and then Wednesday and Thursday I have to do some PAID (yahoo!) professional development, but technically....yeah....I'm OUT! So, lucky me, I have been working more at the deli. I thought I would share with you some of the wisdom that has come to me through this experience:

  • The "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" definitely applies to both customers and employees. A smile goes a LONG way. So does a little patience. On BOTH sides of the counter.
  • Belly shirts only look good on skinny, beautiful 20-something women. They do NOT look good on older women or fat women. Really.
  • Dressing like a biker dude or biker chick at 50 (or worse, OVER 50!) is NOT cool. Neither is coming in half-naked if you don't have the body for it. It's a grocery store, people, not a bar.
  • A little soap and water works wonders. Everyone knows that kids get dirty, but please - if you're going to take your kids out in public, clean 'em up first.
  • There are a lot of genuinely nice people. Serving THOSE people make my job fun.
  • The free cookies from the bakery are for kids. Under 12 (hint, hint to the adults who try to bum one).
  • There are a lot of poor people in this world. I would rather wait on the not-so-nice-looking man who wants $3 worth of good ham than the obnoxious New Yorker who orders $100 worth of meats and cheeses.
  • The world is much bigger than working in a deli for $7 an hour. It's sad that some of my co-workers don't see that. I'm glad I do. It would be so scary that was all there was to my life.
  • Please, please, please read a book once in awhile. Not just a People magazine. Or just watch tv or movies. Challenge your brain a little once in awhile.

Just my opinions, of course. I'm in a bit of a weird mood these days, so I hope I don't come across as too negative. Have a good week, folks.

J.

5 comments:

Blondefabulous said...

AMEN SISTER! To all of that!

Sayre said...

It's amazing how much you can see from the other side of the counter, isn't it????

Glad school is out. I hope you feel less frazzled soon!

Brother Dave said...

Great points, all.

Hoosier Girl said...

Blondefabulous - Thank you, girlfriend. Thank you.

Sayre - So far, so good.

Brother Dave - I know, I'm smart that way. (grin)

J.

Trukindog said...

Free cookies are free cookies and they are not just for kids although adults should restrain themselves to ONE cookie. That's how I sees that!
:-)