Toilet paper and you

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. It has been an eventful week as we all mentally prepare for at least another month of staying at home.

I have been doing the grocery shopping and instead of going to big box store that offers online ordering and curbside pick-up, I have been shopping at the same neighborhood store I have been shopping at for the last 35 years.

There hasn’t been any toilet paper on the shelves for a while now. We were down to our last few roles when I went to the store early Tuesday morning.  The shelves where the toilet paper used to be were empty.

When I got to the check out line I asked the cashier if she knows when some might come in. She had two cases of toilet paper that had just come in and let me buy an 8 pack.

I thanked her and in talking to her learned that she doesn’t have paid sick leave or any benefits through her employer.

The reason food remains affordable for me is because the grocery store pays her less and keeps her part-time and without benefits.

I will continue to shop at my neighborhood store for as long as I can and for as long as they stay open. The store is important to the neighborhood.

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4 Replies to “Toilet paper and you”

  1. If that’s the store by a big intersection that has a liquor store across the same parking lot, that’s a union shop. Why doesn’t that cashier have at least rudimentary benefits like sick leave?

    1. Teresa Boardman says:

      I can think of a few reasons why even people in union shops might not have health insurance. My point was that there are a lot of people working in jobs that we all depend upon who do not make enough money to get by. Many companies keep wages low so they can keep profits high and our prices low. It is the workers who are paying the price.

  2. Your main point is one I absolutely agree with. I am hopeful that many jobs that didn’t seem to get a lot of attention before the outbreak (cashier, delivery driver, etc.) remain in higher regard when the outbreak has passed.

    But I’m a customer of that same store only partially out of convenience (being a few blocks from our house) and largely because it _is_ a union shop. If the folks working there are not getting union benefits, then I’d be interested in learning why (could be not enough hours worked, could be some other things). Perhaps there was not enough information imparted to know what the full story is.

    Given comments the owner of that store has made in the past about the costs of doing business in St. Paul, it’s important for my continued patronage to know that his employees are being taken care of to the maximum extent possible. After all, that’s what unions are for.

  3. Teresa Boardman says:

    I didn’t say which store it was.

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