Back off, Buster

I’m tired. Very, very tired.

I work in retail. That’s really all you need to know!

Yes, it’s a customer-facing role. Yes, it has its challenges even on a normal day. But add Corona Virus to the mixture, and you get a very special sort of crazy.

In the last two days  –

  • A total twonk coughed on his hand and then continued to push his trolley around without a care in the world.
  • Two twonks complained about our new ‘cards only, no cash’ rule. Yes, I get it – but mate, none of this is my fault.
  • Twonks have been ignoring our two metre rule.
  • Twonks have been complaining about our two metre rule.
  • Twonks have been complaining that people are ignoring our two metre rule.
  • Twonks in the queue have been complaining about the length of the queue – for fuck’s sake, take a look at yourself. You’re part of the problem.
  • Twonks have been standing too close. Just too damn close. All the damn time.
  • We had a twonk who came in ‘just for a look round’.
  • The twonkest of all the twonks told me that I ‘didn’t need to worry’ about my elderly mother, because he isn’t worried about his elderly mother. His mother is older than my mother, and if she dies she dies. I had to walk away from him mid-sentence. Tough one that.

And I get to do it all over again today.

To be fair, lots of people have put up with the queues and the general mayhem with a good grace. But every interaction I have with someone starts with me thinking, ‘Are you the one who will pass it on to me?’ And one day, they will be.

I wear gloves all the time, I wash my hands at every opportunity, I sanitise them in between times, I keep my distance – but inevitably, sooner or later, it will come to me.

And I live on my own, so I will have to be poorly on my own. And that worries me. I’m generally well, I’m fit and healthy, I have no underlying health conditions, I’ve never smoked. I will, probably, only have it mildly – but I won’t know that until I’m better. And if it’s all the same to everyone, I’d rather not have it at all.

Back off, Buster.

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. LittleDreams says:

    Oh it’s awful isn’t it? I’m a key worker, in work to look after other people’s children whilst my own are being looked after by other key workers whilst theirs are being looked after other people… and so on!
    I’ll be thinking of you, take care,xxx

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It’s all just a bit crazy isn’t it!! And the people who have their children at home are bringing them to where I work, like it’s some sort of Bank Holiday!!


  2. Sheila says:

    Hope you stay safe and well


    1. And you!! And everyone! xx


  3. anglosvizzera says:

    It’s difficult – our smoke alarms started beeping yesterday and we realised that they were a few years out of date. Changed the batteries (luckily we had some spare ones) and ordered some replacement alarm heads online and, with new batteries, not beeping any more.

    But until we discovered we had the spare batteries I was thinking that I’d have to go out to buy new ones. But should I? Shouldn’t I? We couldn’t sleep with the things beeping every 15 minutes outside the bedroom. Everything’s a difficult decision now.

    Tomorrow we’ve arranged for our car to be serviced and Mot’d which needs to be done. Usually we leave the car and wander around the town until it’s finished, having coffee and lunch somewhere as well. But tomorrow we’ll have to go for a walk I suppose, or sit at a suitable distance apart from anyone else at the garage. Nowhere to have coffee or lunch either – could take a picnic and make a day of it…Tesco will be open so we can get a few necessary items while we’re there.

    I read someone’s comment on Facebook about the post. She picks it up with tongs, leaves it for 2 days and then disinfects it before opening it. I was wondering if this was going a little too far – why not just wash your hands after opening it?

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    1. Everything is going to get difficult, isn’t it. It still feels quite unreal, but I’m sure it’ll hit home before long. Stay safe. xx


  4. Michelle says:

    I’m sorry you have to deal with all this. Are you in an essential service? If not, maybe it will just close. The anxiety of worrying about catching this is just horrific! I am using a Depression-era mentality of scrimping and saving on everything I use in the house so I won’t have to go out to replenish. And the toilet paper issue?! Crazy. I now use small bar cloths instead of paper towels and then run a towel load frequently. I fear I may soon be using my stash of paper towels in the bathroom, and then disposing in a plastic bag —- NOT the toilet, of course. Stay safe, stay sane. Good luck.


    1. We sell items that people need in order to keep their homes safe and secure – so in that sense, I guess we are. But people are mostly buying paint and bedding plants…


  5. SisterStay says:

    I think all custoimers should have to sign a Reasonable Conduct Agreement before entering the store!!


    1. I think all customers should just go home… Unless they’re buying essential supplies (mostly they’re buying paint and bedding plants).


      1. SisterStay says:

        Agreed. Motion passed. You have my permission tomorrow to tell them all to GO!

        Liked by 1 person

  6. jmarie1974 says:

    Oh, what a horrible day, and surrounded by such insensitive arses!


    1. I’ve literally just this minute heard that we’re closing as of tomorrow. We’ll still be working, but not open to the public. Quite a relief, to be honest.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. jmarie1974 says:

        I am glad 🙂 it will be good to be able to work without people being such idiots!

        Liked by 1 person

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