A Supermarket Checkout Girl
posted: February 2, 2007
The only kind of shopping I enjoy is grocery shopping, and living in New York City means I do it everyday. So I'm as familiar with the faces of the girls at the registers as I am with my best friend's mug (who I see far less frequently). Recently I decided I wanted to know more about Stacy, age 24, who works at my local supermarket.

"I've been working for Met Food for six years. My sister, she works at the bank that they send their money to, so she talked to the manager at Met about giving me a job and I was hired the next day.

"I like the job; basically I know all the girls because we grew up together on the Lower East Side and half of them worked here already when I came. We just have that nice relationship.

"And I like working with money and the customers and learning how to do deposits. You know, it's all been a learning experience: like be nice to people and try to have a good attitude and be intelligent and try to talk to people and to help people. I learned my fruits and my vegetables because of Met Food – you know, half of the things I didn’t even know!

"The customers come here everyday and I see them all the time and we got the kind of relationship where they can say, like, “Stacy! I left my money upstairs. It's cold outside!” and I say, “Don’t worry about it, tomorrow I'll see you.” They really like me and I really like them and they help me and whatever they need, I help them.

"My bosses, they're very generous and they'll give homeless people a sandwich and a soda. You don’t even have to steal; it's like, “Don’t steal! Just ask and you'll get it!” But people steal anyway. One time I actually had to chase somebody stealing firewood – and I'm running after him to tell him to stop because he was actually a customer: a nice, good customer! So I'm running after him and I'm telling him to stop and the firemen who actually come into shop, they helped me chase him and he just dropped the firewood and ran off. I haven't seen him since.

"But my dream is to enroll myself in a school for children's aid programs. I used to work with children before I started working with Met Food, in a Counselor-In-Training program. My mom works for Welfare for the City of New York and so she has a way with kids and I just want to work with kids, with like Child Welfare. I'd like doing that."