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Checking Out

Checking Out

A Story by Kasey Klein

Supermarket Tale


Summer 2010, Kasey Klein


Checking Out

I recently got a new job, same company. I'm a stock person in a major supermarket. Now, as time permits, I'm a cashier. Many people asked how I was roped into such a thing. I shrugged. I signed up, for many reasons.


Yesterday, after throwing stock in dairy for six hours, I signed into a register for two hours. A family came through, big order. The girl -- ages are difficult to judge -- maybe seven-years old, wanted a sticker, the paid stickers we put on things. “Let me see the back of your hand,” I asked with a nod.


She showed me. I stickered her, much to her delight, then the other hand, for her brother.


She stickered her brother, giggles around. I finished the sale, bidding the family goodbye.


Again, ages. The next customer, a man much closer my fifty-six years than the girl's seven years, smiled. “I'm glad I had to leave the house today.” He nodded toward the departing family. “So easy to forget the innocence around us.”


I rung up his couple things, giving him the total. “Yeah, huh? The joy of simple pleasures.” I passed his change and receipt. “Oh! Did you want a sticker, too?”


He smiled, holding his hand forward. “Could I?”


I stickered him.

© 2011 Kasey Klein

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Reminds me of... me.

Posted 10 Years Ago

Your writing always makes me laugh while soothing me, thank you.

Posted 10 Years Ago

ha ha - good one

Posted 10 Years Ago

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Added on April 2, 2011
Last Updated on April 3, 2011
Tags: shoprite, children, retail, uplifting, women


Kasey Klein
Kasey Klein

palmyra, NJ

Greetings and salutations. I'm serious about my writing. I'm not much for writing or reading poetry. I like the classics: Poe, Frost, Whitman. I'd like to read good short stories. If you don't.. more..