80. An Unhappy Worker
She was a big, homely, overweight young woman,
her late 20s, maybe. No ring on her
, so she was probably single. In fact, judging
her unfriendly demeanor, she probably had no boyfriend.
unless she started dieting and exercising regularly, she
probably remain unattached.
Vivian asked her to make
to remove the plastic tag from each article
clothing that Vivian was buying at Marshall's. The
looked at Vivian but said nothing. Not "yes,
'am," not "of course," not "no problem." She yanked
shirt off its hanger, removed each tag, and
each shirt quickly but carelessly. Even though the
was air-conditioned, her forehead had beads of sweat.
she wiped the sweat off with the back
When she finished removing all the
tags and folding shirts into three piles, she
up the total--$530.78. Vivian presented her VISA card.
clerk completed the transaction and gave Vivian the
to sign. Then she started to put all
shirts into one big bag. Vivian said no,
put them into three bags because that would
easier to carry back out to the car.
young woman made a sour face, as if
had been asked to lick the floor clean.
almost threw each pile of shirts into three
plastic bags. Vivian said thank you and picked
the bags. The young woman said nothing. Wordlessly
wiped the sweat off her forehead, pulled a
off the hanger for the next customer, and