An “06880” reader who works locally writes:
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s executive order to suspend the 10-cent surcharge for paper and/or plastic bags expired on June 30. That took some residents by surprise.
Surprise! We frontline workers don’t like having our heads taken off by rude, ignorant customers.
Some retailers are charging the 10-cent fee. Others are not. So frontline workers like me are stuck in the middle. Customers don’t know who’s doing what, or what the law is. We get the brunt of their anger.
Some customers were disgruntled before COVID. Some were angry even before the present White House administration. Some have been upset for the past 30 years.
They complain about anything that doesn’t fit their own personal narrative.
We have enough to juggle and deal with: stocking shelves. Following all the new rules and regulations. Wearing masks and gloves. Answering questions. Handling our own lives and uncertainties.
We would appreciate some manners, etiquette and courtesy.
It’s bad enough people don’t wear their masks correctly, when they come into our business. If they don’t get their acts together, we will be right back where we started, with this spread of infection.
Little kids actually wear them very well. They’re fine. It’s the adults who don’t. Not all of them — but enough to make a worrisome difference.
I have wear a mask for 8 to 9 hours a day. So do hospital staff, doctors and first responders.
So don’t tell me you are having issues breathing or having anxiety attacks. Deal with it! Wear your mask for a 30-minute shopping trip!
PS: Yes, you can bring your own bags. You probably will be asked to bag your own groceries, because frontline workers don’t feel comfortable bagging with reusable bags at this time. It’s for our safety.