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Good vibes - hooray

The other day I went to Target -- yes, probably no biggie for most people but because I live out in the country and I'm somewhat of a non-shopper it's a special trip for me. At the small, locally-owned grocery I normally get my groceries, I know the cashiers, at least by sight, and it's a smallish store I can blaze through in 20 minutes. But I felt like doing something different.

Anyway, the cashier, whom I did NOT know by sight, was really great. I was buying a lot of coffee (Target coffee is good and cheap compared to what I can get) and she asked me if it was good...then went on to say she gets all kinds of tips from what she sees people buying. She told me her kid just went off to kindergarten and she didn't know what to do with herself, so she got this job. And it was so cool.

Y'know, I can't tell you how uplifted I felt. Having a cashier in a big-ish city who was tickled to be a cashier. Who was having an experience. Who I connected with.



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Sep. 18th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
There are a lot of us out there. My daughters always tell me to not talk to people because they say others don't care what I think, but I think they're wrong. Most of the time, people like it when they are humanized like that. If you smile and ask how their day is going and REALLY MEAN IT, it can sometimes change a person's day for the better... May tip the scales in their favor for the day. So what's wrong with that? A little bit of caring is all we can ask for, right? I'm so glad you had a good experience and hope you have many more!
Sep. 19th, 2009 08:35 am (UTC)
It can be scary to put yourself out there to total strangers, though. I'm one of those really personable people when I'm helping customers at the library, so when someone comes in looking to dump on anybody and I happen to be the one to cross their path, it always blindsides me.
Sep. 19th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and unfortunately, you can have marvelous customers all day long and it's that one grouch that ruins your day; the one you will remember long past the day he crossed your path. We need to concentrate on the good and process, then dump, the bad! Have a great day!
Sep. 19th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
You know, I've noticed more often than not how nice and fun the Target employees are. I've often wanted to hang around until they have break so we can keep chatting.

I learned Japanese from one guy, encouraged a girl to try pomegranates, and got henna advice, among many other nice encounters, all at Target.

All I get from Walmart are cranky, ugly shoppers who stroll leisurely down the middle of all aisles. >_< Help is nowhere to be found, save for the cigarette aisle which has all 45 people in the store checking out at once from one cashier who hasn't had her break yet.

>_> Though I could just be bitter about Walmart. /babble
Sep. 19th, 2009 08:37 am (UTC)
I read a book about how Walmart's business practices destroy the communities they're in, and since then I've stopped shopping there. The sour atmosphere ensures I'm not missing anything!

It sounds like your Target is one big party. How cool!
Sep. 19th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
My God, thanks for that! I agree totally with you, it *is* uplifting. Life's shitty enough without withdrawing back into one's shell completely. One of the prime joys is just connecting, even if it's briefly, even if it's (apparently)superficial. It all helps roll the days along and put a smile on our face!

Sep. 19th, 2009 08:40 am (UTC)
People are so job-panicked around here, you might think people who are cashiering are thinking, "Goddamn it, I'm a cashier and I should be a corporate analyst," so it was really cool to come across, "Yay, I love this job!" from a cashier.

I've always thought I'd enjoy being a baker. Get up in the middle of the night while everyone else is still asleep and play with dough.
Sep. 19th, 2009 09:34 am (UTC)
I always wanted to run a burger van. Or one of those small cafes that do all day breakfast but have plenty of seats for people to drop in any time and read a book. Dear God, I'm in a real confessional mood this weekend! LOL
Sep. 25th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've been meaning to mention...they have these breakfast trucks here that go to industrial parks that aren't close to stores or restaurants so all the factory workers can grab something. I used to work at a T-shirt factory that was well off the beaten path, and most of the employees didn't have cars. I always thought it would be cool to load up a heated truck with food and drive around to a few industrial parks and sell it. (And I always assumed no one else I knew would find something of the sort enticing, too.)
Sep. 25th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
That probably made no sense without the sentence explaining that one of those trucks stopped at the T-shirt factory every morning :P
Sep. 26th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
We'll need the pair of us to run the truck, you know.
Sep. 27th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Would we scare away our clientele by talking about pervy things, I wonder, or would it just make us more popular? ;-)
Sep. 27th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Dammit, we can put it on the menu as a daily special.
Sep. 25th, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)
I was leaving the grocery store parking lot the other day and there was the usual traffic, and a woman waiting on the sidewalk to cross, so I nodded to her to go. She gave me this huge smile. Not a polite nod -- or the usual ignore -- a big, wide friendly smile. It lifted my spirits so much I still remember it!
Sep. 25th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
I love that. I think we really have the potential to affect strangers we touch only fleetingly -- not to burden ourselves with everyone else's potential happiness, ha ha!
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