It’s been a strange, strained, and dangerous year. You wouldn’t think working in a grocery store would be dangerous. Strange on occasion, yes. Definitely stressful, but not really dangerous.
This past year was not like anything I have ever dealt with in dealing with the public in almost 30 years. And yes, I saw fist-fights break out over Cabbage Patch Dolls at Christmas, and drunks escorted out. But this year?
People going on shooting sprees seems to be on the increase… and they have pegged places like grocery stores as the place to cause the most damage. Maybe because all throughout the pandemic, we’ve still been open for business. We’ve seen people get threatened (and shot) over mask rules. In our store, we had a monitor on the E-Z scans broken by a customer yesterday. The SCREEN. He broke the screen. I still don’t know what he hit it with, but my guess would be his knuckles. Bad enough we have been risking our health this year having to deal with people who don’t wear the masks properly or at all. We’ve always had the occasional drunk, or those who don’t like showing ID for alcohol sales. But this is getting stupid. We don’t get paid to face off against screwed minds with lethal weapons.