A lady came up to my cash at work today to pay for her groceries.

“Hi there, how are you?” I asked as I began to ring in her purchases.

“Stressed,” she replied.

“Oh, how come?” I inquired.

She told me she recently lost her job at a bank in finance, and felt really stressed because she has no income.

“Oh no. How did you lose it?” I continued.

“I had a nervous breakdown,” she explained.

“I’m so sorry. Well, you can always apply for a job here. It’s pretty much stress free. We are always looking for new employees and at least you’d have some money coming in.”

“No,” she blurted. “This job is beneath me.”

Her words caught me off guard. I just stared at her in disbelief. You know, I really felt kind of insulted, almost like I needed to defend myself. Did she think we are all a bunch of uneducated dummies or something?

Does she think I’m so poor that I should chase a garbage truck with my grocery list? I think she just made me a member of a leper colony.

“I’m educated, you know,” I remarked, trying not to seem utterly offended or that I took it personally. “I have diplomas in many different fields.”

My eyebrows raised. “You explained that you are stressed and have no money, but some money is better than no money.”

“Maybe if I got a job as the manager, but I would never do your job. It would be too humiliating,” she stated. “My bank is close to this store and if anyone saw me working here, I would be so embarrassed.”

“Okay,” I said, and continued to bag her groceries.

She paid for her food and as she walked away I muttered, “have a nice day.”

Jesus. I think this chick needs to learn gratitude. I guess she’s never been hungry. A nervous breakdown should be a hint she’s in the wrong occupation. Sometimes the money isn’t worth it. For the record, I happen to like my job.

When the universe hands you an opportunity, don’t kick him in the stars.

~The look on your face~


59 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. OMG!!!!!!!! Totally shocked me! Can’t comprehend the ingratitude of some people! 😳😱πŸ₯ΆπŸ˜¨πŸ˜°πŸ˜’

    Well, I love your take on life…,. HUGE YES TO GRATIUDE!!!!!! The very cornerstone of a HAPPY HEART!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing …… such a powerful reminder for us all! β€οΈπŸ’œπŸ’šπŸ§‘πŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ§‘πŸ’šπŸ’œβ€οΈ

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  2. That was totally rude of her. Even if she feels that way, why would you say that to a store clerk? Some people have no class. I like your attitude, though.

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  3. There are a few people (more than a few, really) who are now living close to destitution because they can’t see below that oversized nose.
    I hope she doesn’t come back; let the jobs go to someone who’ll appreciate the value of it.

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    1. There’s cancer on her nose and she won’t leave it. I don’t understand the mentality. My mother raised me to have a good work ethic, that nothing is below or above me. That’s probably why I developed so many skills. I’ve worked for IBM and I’ve also shovelled manure. Whatever I do, I do it to the best of my ability. Money is money. She might believe my job is useless, but I like it. I love the people I work with, and I have some good benefits.

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  4. Unfortunately that is how too many people think. I have a friend who left her job as a supervisor to go back to school for her Masters Degree. She picked up part-time work as a clerk at a local hardware store, for some extra cash to support her family. One of the people she used to work with (and who didn’t like her) saw her working at this store and took great glee at finding her there, inferring to whoever would listen that my friend had really come down in the world. I took this person to task and told this jerk that all work is good work. Now my friend is president of her own company and still the same wonderful person who picked up work at the hardware store, inside. As for the other person, I haven’t heard about her in years and don’t miss her one bit.

    It’s really too bad when someone feels their job title totally defines them, describes them, and limits them to other life choices. Those people are in for a world of hurt, like the lady you described. Who BTW was so into herself that she didn’t seem to realize she was insulting you and everyone else who works at your store.

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  5. I worked in retail [as an adult, on purpose] and I’m not surprised by that woman’s response to your polite suggestion. Many people looked down on me, a college grad, when I took a job that paid the bills and, weirdly enough, I ended up staying there for years. I’m sorry that happened to you, but I think your summation, don’t kick the universe in the stars, is perfect.

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  6. This post really struck a nerve. I commend you for your self-control in the face of sheer ignorance. I have been in customer service my entire life, from retail clerk to employee training, and more and more I realized that the greatest virtue lacking in the world is the ability to be grateful. Instead of criticizing what is out of reach, we need to be sincerely grateful for all that we have, and for people who reach out to help us in a time of need. The advice/offer may not have been her cup of tea, but a gracious “Thank you, I’ll look into that” would have garnered a lot more good karma return than her figurative kick in the shins. Sending you (and all who deal with the public at large) a big, virtual hug. xo

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      1. It’s all this measuring isn’t it? Nobody needs that kind of judgment. Who truly can say what prestige, or success is? Contentment and kindness are the energy that foster love, no matter what. ❀ for you. xXx

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  7. Wow. That’s just ignorant and mean… You were just being kind, and she just insulted you. I really don’t understand how people can behave like that. But a valuable muscle to exercise is that of letting go of people like that, and just letting them flow past like leaves in the wind, rather than lingering on them. Though I am not the best at it, I am practicing πŸ™‚ Hope most of your customers are nicer!

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  8. I’ve taken a lot of jobs that some people would consider ‘below me.’ My advice to this woman is that the best way to get to a job which fits in with her capabilities is to take a job below her. It shows bosses that you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and muck in. It worked for me.

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  9. GW,
    Wow! Life has a way of bringing one down to earth when one gets too uppity; as your customer is finding out. She has much to learn. My hope is that one day she’ll get it and come back in and apologize. Until then, it sounds like she’ll just continue to get in her own way. I’m always amazed by the different sides of human nature in all its crazy variations that you encounter in your work. I always look forward to your posts. Mona

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  10. Wow, this post struck a nerve. if she lost her job because she had a nervous breakdown, the handwriting is on the wall. No job is worth one’s health. Before I retired, I held several positions in my field and sometimes, I was starting over. I was grateful for all of them. Great post and thank you for following PoetryPalette.

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