80. An Unhappy Worker

She was a big, homely, overweight young woman, her late 20s, maybe. No ring on her , so she was probably single. In fact, judging her unfriendly demeanor, she probably had no boyfriend. unless she started dieting and exercising regularly, she probably remain unattached.

Vivian asked her to make to remove the plastic tag from each article clothing that Vivian was buying at Marshall's. The looked at Vivian but said nothing. Not "yes, 'am," not "of course," not "no problem." She yanked shirt off its hanger, removed each tag, and each shirt quickly but carelessly. Even though the was air-conditioned, her forehead had beads of sweat. she wiped the sweat off with the back her hand.

When she finished removing all the tags and folding shirts into three piles, she up the total--$530.78. Vivian presented her VISA card. clerk completed the transaction and gave Vivian the to sign. Then she started to put all shirts into one big bag. Vivian said no, put them into three bags because that would easier to carry back out to the car. young woman made a sour face, as if had been asked to lick the floor clean.

almost threw each pile of shirts into three plastic bags. Vivian said thank you and picked the bags. The young woman said nothing. Wordlessly wiped the sweat off her forehead, pulled a off the hanger for the next customer, and it.