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Retelling SHS Stories: Customers, Duties, Homework Find Cashier in a Dilemma

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Retelling SHS Stories: Customers, Duties, Homework Find Cashier in a Dilemma

The Shortridge Daily Echo.

The Shortridge Daily Echo.

Zoe Bardon

The Shortridge Daily Echo.

Zoe Bardon

Zoe Bardon

The Shortridge Daily Echo.

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On this day in 1969…

Shortridge Daily Echo – November 14, 1969

Customers, Duties, Homework Find Cashier in Dilemma

By: Lynn Hansen

5:00 p.m. I arrive at work and discover that one cashier is in the hospital and another is on vacation; so I’ll have to handle the money till closing time at 10:00.

5:30. An elderly gentleman comes in and asks for a popular brand of cigarettes. After looking everywhere he spots them himself and points them out to me.

6:00. I go next door to the restaurant and order some food to be sent over. When it finally arrives, so does a long line of customers. Supper consists of a chilly cheeseburger and a diluted Coke.

6:30. The pink lady (I call her that because she always wears pink and black) buys fifty pairs of hose.

7:00. The manager checks out the cash register and I’m 47¢ short. The limit is 50¢.

7:30. A balding, middle-aged man trips over the newsstand and sends it flying. I say, “Don’t worry, sir, I’ll pick up the papers later.” He says, “Well, I certainly won’t!” and marches out the door.

8:00. A young mother wishes to buy some 26¢ diaper pins with $20 bill. “Just one moment, ma’am, I’ll have to get some change.” When I get to the back of the store, the manager has gone next door. Finally the customer digs up 26¢ and takes the bill back. She nearly bumps into the manager on his return from supper.

8:30. An extremely old gentleman inches up to the counter and asks for chewing tobacco. When I’ve broken three fingernails tearing the box open, he changes his mind and inches back out the door.

9:00. A small boy forgets his change and I run halfway through the parking lot before I discover that I’m chasing the wrong boy.

9:30. A man on crutches tries to open the door. By the time I get enough energy up to help him he’s found his product and ready to pay for it.

10:00. Closing time! Put the money in the little brown bag, lock it up, go home and (sob) do my homework.

This story is a part of the series Retelling SHS Stories produced by the Shortridge Archives. Shortridge Archives meets on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays weekly. For more information email Mr. Durrett at [email protected] Stay tuned for more stories like this one!

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