I bumped into one of my customers the other day. It’s been a while since I’d seen her.
“Where have you been?” I asked. “I was worried about you.”
“I’ve been lying low,” she said, doing this ducking motion, like a soldier in the trenches avoiding incoming fire: “keeping my head down.”
She was pulling one of those shopping trolleys. It was obviously packed to the brim.
Shopkeepers in the town are worried about the new shops at Estuary View. I don’t think they have much to fear.
People who live near the town will still use the High Street. The threat there is from the High Street supermarkets.
Personally I never shopped at Morrisons and I was pleased when it failed.
I had a flatmate who was signing on at the time. He’d been threatened by the Job Centre. He was told he had to take a job at Morrisons, despite the fact he’s a qualified teacher.
Such is the relationship between Job Centre enforcers and the low-wage economy.
At least Aldi pays its workers well and offers all the proper benefits, like sick pay and holiday pay.
It’s a German company, and that is one of the reasons for its success. Aldi workers are much more relaxed than people who work in other supermarkets, which contributes to the atmosphere in the shop.
Anyway, back to my customer. She said: “I’ve only got one complaint.” And she mentioned the name of a well known TV magazine and told me its price. “£1.75!” she declared, in mock outrage.
She said she’d spoken to the Assistant Manager and suggested a much cheaper magazine.
“It’s for the workers!” she added, only half-jokingly. You could almost imagine her doing the clenched fist salute.
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