To the editor:

As some of you know, I work in a grocery store. I have been working in a grocery since 1974 and, other than the gas crisis in the 1970s, I have never seen such anxiety in customers. People are laid off, worry they may catch the COVID-19, have their children at home and worry about the economy. I get it. I worry, too.

But one thing that is bothering me is the way the clerks, and especially the cashiers, are being treated. Yes, the store is out of toilet paper and paper towels. I have not seen hand sanitizer or cleaning wipes for a month. Now yeast and flour for making bread is in very short supply.

But because we do not have these things, you definitely should not take your feelings and anger out on the cashiers. They do not stock the shelves or drive the trucks to bring goods to the store. They do not know when these items will return (do you?) And they are just as worried about the virus and have the same problems at home. And they also have to worry about you, the customer, walking in and possibly being a carrier. And now, since the governor has banned reusable bags they must be the police and remind customers to forgo them.

So, please be kind, say thank you to these warriors for your lifeline to food. Remember, they did not cause the shortages. To find the culprit, look in a mirror.

Walter Davis

North Conway

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