Economics/Class Relations

‘It feels like a war zone’: As more of them die, grocery workers increasingly fear showing up at work

It’s back to the 19th century for grocery workers. Grocery stores are the new coal mines and grocery store chains are the new Ebenezer Scrooge. Even the Voice of the Deep State/CIA/Bezos more or less admits it.

Abha Bhattari

The Washington Post

Doug Preszler wasn’t thinking about risk when he took a cashier job at a regional supermarket in eastern Iowa. But five months in, he has found himself at the forefront of a global crisis with little training or protection — save for the pocket-size bottle of hand sanitizer and Ziploc full of disposable gloves he brings from home each day.

The 51-year-old has told himself not to live in fear yet concedes he increasingly is. Even the most routine tasks are fraught: Accepting bills and giving change scare him the most, Preszler says. And he has run through so much hand sanitizer that his skin is cracking.

“I’ve been way more anxious this week,” he said. “They’ve started telling people, ‘Go to the grocery store as little as possible.’ And yet I’m going there every day.”


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