Thinking of You

I wonder if anyone who tests positive thinks of putting all the retail workers and restaurant employees they may have come in contact with on their list of people who need to be informed?
I ask because I certainly haven’t heard of anyone calling the store to let us know about any positive-testing customers. It seems statistically unlikely that NO ONE who has shopped with us has tested positive.
There’s a lot of people out here shopping, acting like there’s not a thing in the world they need to act differently about, going the wrong way down the aisles, complaining that we’re out of stock on something, crowding workers in the aisles, throwing their used masks on our countertops, spitting on our shoes, neglecting to wash their hands in the bathrooms, shopping with their whole families like they’re on an outing instead of staying home where they’ve been told to BECAUSE OH, DID NO ONE TELL YOU WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC AND THE PEOPLE WORKING HERE ARE HERE BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO WORK (BUT MANY OF WHOM WISH THEY COULD AFFORD TO ISOLATE LIKE YOU ARE DOING, EVEN THOUGH WE KNOW HOW LUCKY WE ARE TO HAVE JOBS AND SOME OF US DO ACTUALLY LOVE OUR JOBS) AND NOT TO PROVIDE YOU WITH AN AFTERNOON OF ENTERTAINMENT BECAUSE YOU’RE JUST SO TIRED OF STAYING AT HOME.
WHERE YOU ARE SAFEST FROM THE VIRUS.
NOT HERE, THE MOST POPULATED PLACE ON THE PLANET.
THAT HAS TO STAY OPEN.
SO THAT EVERYONE CAN EAT.
I was just thinking about that. I wonder if anyone thinks of us, and their actions that day, and who or what they may have touched or coughed on that isn’t someone they know and love.
And maybe nobody thinks of us because they get home and sanitize everything they bought, so they’re safe – forgetting that maybe the person who had to handle that box of macaroni (or bag you brought in from home) that you ( or your asymptomatic child) breathed on had a papercut or forgot for a moment and scratched her nose with the hand she touched your item with and couldn’t wash her hands right away – even if she knew you breathed on it – because she’s stuck in a register for two hours till her next break and we ran out of sanitizer at the warehouse and customers stole the only ones we had left in our employee supply.
Just curious.
Believe me, we’re thinking about you.

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