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(Washington Post)   Grocery store workers are beginning to die from COVID-19. Good thing they don't cost much to replace. And if you're outraged by that, hold on to that outrage and remember it when this is all over and everybody forgets about them being "heroes"   (washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2020-04-06 9:26:42 PM  
We are all Lord Farqwad
 
2020-04-06 9:38:30 PM  
As a grocery store worker, I'd like to say: this sucks.
 
2020-04-06 10:22:49 PM  

dstanley: As a grocery store worker, I'd like to say: this sucks.


Hang in there.  My best friend's wife is a nurse.  I told him yesterday that she is a hero, and I also told him that grocery employees are heroes as well.  The country is counting on you guys right now.  My wife and I have always been courteous with the people that work at the store we go to for our groceries.  We are now more than ever appreciating your efforts.
 
2020-04-06 11:09:26 PM  
"Good thing they don't cost much to replace"
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2020-04-07 12:01:07 AM  

dstanley: As a grocery store worker, I'd like to say: this sucks.


Stay strong.  I'm from a family full of nurses and first responders.  We have basically decided to not worry our parents and such by not talking shop around the family.  We just keep things between us now.  I previously worked retail, so I have a great appreciation for those working warehouses and stocking jobs.  I just wish we had a more responsive and emphatic government that gave a shiat about the people who actually keep this country running.
 
2020-04-07 12:45:41 AM  
Thanks, Trump.
 
2020-04-07 12:46:25 AM  

dstanley: As a grocery store worker, I'd like to say: this sucks.


So I posted on my Facebook about how you guys are heroes and I went to one of my friends who works in a grocery and liked his post recent post.  Is that enough?  Would thoughts and prayers help or would you prefer to have a livable wage, affordable healthcare, and virus mitigation efforts from your employer?
 
2020-04-07 12:47:01 AM  
I think we should be rationing grocery store access. Even/odd license plates or something.

I've been trying to get groceries delivered since early March to avoid the store, but it's become increasingly difficult to get a slot. When I go into the store I get enough to last 2 weeks. We run through fresh vegetables in the first week and move to frozen the second. Anyhow...

There are people in there picking up a dozen eggs and some apples like it's February. WTF? Stay home. Finish off the cans of beans in the pantry.
 
2020-04-07 12:47:05 AM  

hugram: dstanley: As a grocery store worker, I'd like to say: this sucks.

Hang in there.  My best friend's wife is a nurse.  I told him yesterday that she is a hero, and I also told him that grocery employees are heroes as well.  The country is counting on you guys right now.  My wife and I have always been courteous with the people that work at the store we go to for our groceries.  We are now more than ever appreciating your efforts.


Don't forget the truck drivers.
 
2020-04-07 12:49:21 AM  
to be there you have to be bananas....
 
2020-04-07 12:49:29 AM  
Welcome to capitalism. You are a disposable unit of production
 
2020-04-07 12:50:34 AM  

dstanley: As a grocery store worker, I'd like to say: this sucks.


Brother works at Publix I worry. Older dad is in the same house.
 
2020-04-07 12:50:42 AM  
The local Safeway has really upped their game in terms of being able to order groceries online and have the bags placed into your vehicle with just a phone call when you arrive. I think I'll stick with that for my weekly shopping until this is over. I wish more restaurants could offer curbside pickup.
 
2020-04-07 12:51:31 AM  

jtown: hugram: dstanley: As a grocery store worker, I'd like to say: this sucks.

Hang in there.  My best friend's wife is a nurse.  I told him yesterday that she is a hero, and I also told him that grocery employees are heroes as well.  The country is counting on you guys right now.  My wife and I have always been courteous with the people that work at the store we go to for our groceries.  We are now more than ever appreciating your efforts.

Don't forget the truck drivers.


And the pharmacy, cleaning crews, trash/recycling, and gas stations.
 
2020-04-07 12:52:55 AM  
Society as we know it would collapse without them (and ditch diggers).

But because they ARE replaceable, we treat them poorly. You'd think we'd treat them well and just be happy we aren't digging ditches ourselves.

But nope.
 
2020-04-07 12:53:38 AM  
Checker in the Super Mart
Scary coughs surround them
Ringing up a sniffling man
To just get sneezed upon
....
Remember the heroes!
Who sell us the food we use
Remember the heroes
Who cannot afford to choose
Remember the heroes
They too have lives to lose

/Sammy Hagar used to work in a grocery store
//Or maybe I just made that up.
 
2020-04-07 12:55:11 AM  
Saw this earlier:

The reporter tells us that at least four grocery store workers have died from Covid-19. Do we know if they caught the virus at their place of work? The reporter doesn't say, and probably didn't even ask. Meanwhile, the reporter never stops to ask whether "at least four" is a sufficiently large number that grocery store workers should be concerned.

So here is some quick math. About 2.5 million Americans work in grocery stores. About one in every 30 thousand Americans has now died of Coronavirus. Taking the simplest route, you would expect approximately 83 grocery, or 2.5 million/30 thousand, grocery store workers to have died of the virus.

If you were doing at least a semi-serious statistical analysis, you would then have to modify the 83 figure by age, preexisting conditions, etc., and almost certainly get a lower tally. But the point is, despite the tenor of the article the fact that at least four grocery store workers have died of the virus doesn't give you any useful information about whethert being a grocery store worker puts you at special risk.

I'm not saying there isn't an increased risk, and I do appreciate that the workers are coming to work every day and *potentially* putting themselves at higher risk. I am saying, reporting on "at least four deaths" out of 2.5 million grocery store workers isn't actionable information. Scare stories like this, that provide no context, with reporters who don't ask basic questions, are just irresponsible.

-David Bernstein
 
2020-04-07 12:55:22 AM  
A Trader Joe's worker in Scarsdale, N.Y., a greeter at a Giant store in Largo, Md., and two Walmart employees from the same Chicago-area store have died of covid-19 in recent days, the companies confirmed Monday.

That's my grocery store, and the only place where I have been in the last three weeks.
 
2020-04-07 12:59:03 AM  

Smackledorfer: Society as we know it would collapse without them (and ditch diggers).

But because they ARE replaceable, we treat them poorly. You'd think we'd treat them well and just be happy we aren't digging ditches ourselves.

But nope.


That's the thing, they aren't replacable because people aren't willing to do the job for the wages, benefits, and risks.
 
2020-04-07 1:00:35 AM  

dstanley: As a grocery store worker, I'd like to say: this sucks.


I would like to tell you a story that has nothing to do with the current crisis and everything to do with working at a grocery store. Just because I think you would like it.

My old Dungeons & Dragons DM (yes, I accept all the nerd in that) told me this story: his father was working night shifts, restocking shelves, in southern California when Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker, was murdering his way through women.

He got pulled over in the early morning, on his way home from work, by some cops who were eagerly trying to identify the Night Stalker. They asked him what he was doing out at 4 a.m.

"Oh," he said. "I'm a night stocker."

And that's how that traffic stop turned into a 10-hour detention.
 
2020-04-07 1:01:12 AM  

CipollinaFan: A Trader Joe's worker in Scarsdale, N.Y., a greeter at a Giant store in Largo, Md., and two Walmart employees from the same Chicago-area store have died of covid-19 in recent days, the companies confirmed Monday.

That's my grocery store, and the only place where I have been in the last three weeks.


I don't understand why a supermarket needs a greeter.

Largo?  You're one hop over from me in Bowie.
 
2020-04-07 1:02:35 AM  
I was considering taking a part-time temp job at the grocery store across the street because my hours got cut at my other job and I really need the money. I could probably go another month before I really need to that, but maybe I should try to wait this out as long as I can.
 
2020-04-07 1:03:10 AM  
Apparently my local grocery store now has employees counting people and entering and exiting to keep the density in the store below state mandated levels.
 
2020-04-07 1:03:22 AM  
I have shopped for groceries twice since this thing began.  I made it a point to thank the employees that I've interacted with.  It's a small thing but hopefully it helps them feel appreciated.
 
2020-04-07 1:03:55 AM  

LordBeavis: dstanley: As a grocery store worker, I'd like to say: this sucks.

So I posted on my Facebook about how you guys are heroes and I went to one of my friends who works in a grocery and liked his post recent post.  Is that enough?  Would thoughts and prayers help or would you prefer to have a livable wage, affordable healthcare, and virus mitigation efforts from your employer?


Yea, but see thet's the socilisumz. /s
Work in the field myself, and the adjusting is taking getting used to, putting up plexi barriers at the registers 3' wide (like that's gonna stop the bug)
Gloves I can deal with, but now we're starting to phase in masks, gotta say, nothing like throwing freight in mask and glove.
But I'm off the beaten path on the oregon coast, hell, all we know is there are supposedly 5 cases in town of 4100.
But unfortunately prolly everyone's got it to some degree or another, as the coastal highway bisects town.
 
2020-04-07 1:04:13 AM  

CipollinaFan: A Trader Joe's worker in Scarsdale, N.Y., a greeter at a Giant store in Largo, Md., and two Walmart employees from the same Chicago-area store have died of covid-19 in recent days, the companies confirmed Monday.

That's my grocery store, and the only place where I have been in the last three weeks.


On second look, I shop at that store occasionally.
 
2020-04-07 1:04:51 AM  
Are they contracting at a higher rate than the general population? I was surprised today at how few grocery works had PPE. Saw a few customer facing employees keep removing their masks to talk to people.
 
2020-04-07 1:05:07 AM  

Creepy Lurker Guy: CipollinaFan: A Trader Joe's worker in Scarsdale, N.Y., a greeter at a Giant store in Largo, Md., and two Walmart employees from the same Chicago-area store have died of covid-19 in recent days, the companies confirmed Monday.

That's my grocery store, and the only place where I have been in the last three weeks.

I don't understand why a supermarket needs a greeter.

Largo?  You're one hop over from me in Bowie.


I've never actually seen anyone greet someone at that location.

And I'm over by the stadium, so not far at all from Bowie.
 
2020-04-07 1:05:18 AM  

wood0366: Smackledorfer: Society as we know it would collapse without them (and ditch diggers).

But because they ARE replaceable, we treat them poorly. You'd think we'd treat them well and just be happy we aren't digging ditches ourselves.

But nope.

That's the thing, they aren't replacable because people aren't willing to do the job for the wages, benefits, and risks.


Yes they are. That's why if I go to Kroger tomorrow it will be staffed. Because they are willing to do it.

$2 coronapay isn't making or breaking anything. I'm not saying it's pretty or just or right. I'm saying enough people will do it over starving, and society is set up with plenty of people forced to choose exactly that.
 
2020-04-07 1:06:24 AM  

CipollinaFan: And I'm over by the stadium, so not far at all from Bowie.


We should organize a Fark-Party in about eight months.  ;-)
 
2020-04-07 1:07:17 AM  

Creepy Lurker Guy: CipollinaFan: And I'm over by the stadium, so not far at all from Bowie.

We should organize a Fark-Party in about eight months.  ;-)


I'll bring the chicken.
 
2020-04-07 1:07:44 AM  
Good thing we have 10+ million Americans out of work.
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"We have reserves."
 
2020-04-07 1:08:38 AM  

dstanley: As a grocery store worker, I'd like to say: this sucks.


To show my appreciation, I'm sending you a big basket of thoughts and prayers.
 
2020-04-07 1:13:15 AM  
" ... and everybody forgets about them being "heroes"

Je suis Wal-mart.
 
2020-04-07 1:13:41 AM  
A Trader Joe's worker in Scarsdale, N.Y., a greeter at a Giant store in Largo, Md., and two Walmart employees from the same Chicago-area store have died of covid-19

Four.  Four grocery workers.

Sure, it sucks, but this article sounds more like sensationalism than anything else.  There's no data, or even suggestion, in the body of TFA that they're dying at any higher rate than the general population of people still working.  All there is is speculation.

I'm not poo-poohing the gravity of the situation, but I have to ask:  Why is this newsworthy?
 
2020-04-07 1:14:17 AM  
It's not going away.

We can keep the curve flat so as to not override the health system.

And that is a heavy "IF"

But if you get that feeling, like you're going down...

Just remember...

GET UP YOU SON OF A BIATCH!

Cuz Mickey loves ya

(Or a real person in your life)
 
2020-04-07 1:22:12 AM  
Newsflash. Everybody from every walk of life is dying from Covid-19. It suck . It really sucks. But it's nature and nobody can stop it until it burns through. That's the hard truth.
 
2020-04-07 1:25:55 AM  

LordBeavis: dstanley: As a grocery store worker, I'd like to say: this sucks.

So I posted on my Facebook about how you guys are heroes and I went to one of my friends who works in a grocery and liked his post recent post.  Is that enough?  Would thoughts and prayers help or would you prefer to have a livable wage, affordable healthcare, and virus mitigation efforts from your employer?


I work at Sam's Club.
The biggest thing now is all the personal protection items people are leaving laying on products; masks, gloves, used tissues etc. They just toss that stuff wherever they want.
The first part of my shift is spent zoning the products, removing empty boxes and whatnot before we close, then commence stocking the products arriving.
It's amazing how people seem to be attempting to protect themselves with ppe but then just discard the germ laden trash willy-nilly. No regard for those who have top clean it up so the next member isn't touching snot rags and used gloves and masks.
I watched, in HORROR, a co-worker using bare hands picking that stuff up! I went to management and asked to have some tongs scanned out and gave a pair to the girl who wasn't thinking about what she was touching.
Now we all have tongs to pick that crap up to dispose of it in trash cans.
I realize folks aren't truly thinking clearly right now. It's likely not a purposeful lack of caring but more likely inattention.
Sorry I'm dragging this out. Bottom line is, it would be terrific if shoppers would use the plentiful trash receptacles on the end of every aisle to discard their ppe and used tissue.

/I do want to point out that I've been receiving so many thank you's and appreciation lately. I just wish it would expand to use of the trash as well.
 
2020-04-07 1:26:49 AM  

Smackledorfer: wood0366: Smackledorfer: Society as we know it would collapse without them (and ditch diggers).

But because they ARE replaceable, we treat them poorly. You'd think we'd treat them well and just be happy we aren't digging ditches ourselves.

But nope.

That's the thing, they aren't replacable because people aren't willing to do the job for the wages, benefits, and risks.

Yes they are. That's why if I go to Kroger tomorrow it will be staffed. Because they are willing to do it.

$2 coronapay isn't making or breaking anything. I'm not saying it's pretty or just or right. I'm saying enough people will do it over starving, and society is set up with plenty of people forced to choose exactly that.


I didn't know the dead were hungry
 
2020-04-07 1:28:15 AM  

MythDragon: Good thing we have 10+ million Americans out of work.
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"We have reserves."


And it would be very dangerous and stupid for them to give you the time of day
 
2020-04-07 1:29:26 AM  

evilized: Newsflash. Everybody from every walk of life is dying from Covid-19. It suck . It really sucks. But it's nature and nobody can stop it until it burns through. That's the hard truth.


So I think some of us can go without eating longer than some of the others
 
2020-04-07 1:34:00 AM  
My local Abertson's was running now hiring "associates" on an audio loop Friday.
 
2020-04-07 1:38:56 AM  

dstanley: As a grocery store worker, I'd like to say: this sucks.


How often you are seeing the same people everyday?
 
2020-04-07 1:39:24 AM  
My Woman works in a grocery store. All the cashiers got issued PPE and got plexiglass shields around them... but they neglected to do the same for their pharmacy. Where the sick people line up. My Woman is a pharmacy tech. Yay.

My social distancing isn't to keep me healthy. It's so that once the disease makes it to my house (it will), I don't get any of you sick. Kinda depressing.
 
2020-04-07 1:40:15 AM  

gonegirl: dstanley: As a grocery store worker, I'd like to say: this sucks.

I would like to tell you a story that has nothing to do with the current crisis and everything to do with working at a grocery store. Just because I think you would like it.

My old Dungeons & Dragons DM (yes, I accept all the nerd in that) told me this story: his father was working night shifts, restocking shelves, in southern California when Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker, was murdering his way through women.

He got pulled over in the early morning, on his way home from work, by some cops who were eagerly trying to identify the Night Stalker. They asked him what he was doing out at 4 a.m.

"Oh," he said. "I'm a night stocker."

And that's how that traffic stop turned into a 10-hour detention.


That's a good one!

Was traveling to a BC, Canada spot to do some skiing and snowmobiling years ago. At the border crossing near Blaine we were pulled out, searched down and held for a few hours because my friends reply to the CBP question of, "Do you have a criminal record?" was "yeah, trafficking, once."

He was so flustered by what was going on he had totally flubbed, "yeah, I got a traffic ticket once." Oh, boy. Things were cleared up and he got a good sock in the arm for doing that.
 
2020-04-07 1:41:14 AM  

Scarlioni: My local Abertson's was running now hiring "associates" on an audio loop Friday.


working with the public would be stupid at this moment in time and deadly

the public is going to have to change if they want anyone to service them in any way shape or form
 
2020-04-07 1:42:24 AM  

Smackledorfer: Society as we know it would collapse without them (and ditch diggers).

But because they ARE replaceable, we treat them poorly. You'd think we'd treat them well and just be happy we aren't digging ditches ourselves.

But nope.


They got fun riding the hoe.
 
2020-04-07 1:44:47 AM  

Snapper Carr: I have shopped for groceries twice since this thing began.  I made it a point to thank the employees that I've interacted with.  It's a small thing but hopefully it helps them feel appreciated.


It does, believe you me, it does!
Every time I encounter a shopper who takes a moment to thank me my morale soars.
I feel needed and it's an honor to know some take time to think of us and share that feeling of appreciation.
There are good folks who want you to know you matter. Those are the ones that make my job worthwhile.
Those are also the people I'll offer to run across the club, (Sam's is huge), and grab an item they ask for, if in stock, to expedite their shop time for them.
People gotta shop for food. The panic shopping is, (at least for tp/paper towels), abating. Now it's the longer shelf life food items they're after.
I keep a cart with me at all times so I can hustle around for more than one shopper at a time. I ask them to meander about for a few mins and grab what they want so they don't have to.
I care. I appreciate that they're the reason I am getting a regular paycheck. They need me as much as I need their patronage.

/if only the others would stop leaving their ppe laying about it'd be great.
 
2020-04-07 1:47:16 AM  

dstanley: As a grocery store worker, I'd like to say: this sucks.


some of us appreciate you more than you'll ever realize.

/masterbating in a grocery store right now.
/yep, looking at you.
 
2020-04-07 1:47:30 AM  
You bagged most self-congratulatory headline of the year with that one, Subby.
 
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