Dear Local Target Store,
Have I mentioned that I really do love you? And that it hurts me to write this?
I was standing in line with my items that started out as a small list and ballooned (as always) to about a bazillion things. I was tired and impatient, I’ll be honest.
I get to the checkout line, and I take a gander at the checkout person. She looks as if she is about to die. You know how people look when they are really sick and should be in bed, but instead for some reason showed up to work? Well, that was her.
She croaks, “Hello” at me and then COUGHS ONTO HER HAND. I repeat ONTO HER HAND. My first grader knows by now that you DO NOT COUGH INTO YOUR HAND you cough into the crook of your elbow. He does it, I’ve seen him do it. But for whatever reason, this chick decided it was too much effort. She then casually, or perhaps very slowly because she had a horrible illness residing within her that has rendered her limbs practically useless, pumps a couple of drops of hand sanitizer onto her hands, rubs for about two seconds, and then PLACES HER GERMY HANDS ALL OVER MY STUFF.
Did they not just come out with a study that showed hand sanitizers do not in any way kill 99.9% of germs? Why yes, they did.
What should I have done? Should I have switched lines, even though she had already started on my things? The thought crossed my mind, but it was too late.
So thanks a lot, sick Target employee. I have a three month old with an immature immune system at home, the last thing I need is an onslaught of your germs.
And Target, I don’t know if your policies encourage sick employees to show up to work or not. I hope they don’t. And you might want to give your employees a refresher course in proper hygiene. Especially in the time of, you know, that little thing called swine flu.