Essential Worker

We are NOT all in this together

From Brockville, ON

Tue Apr 27 2021


As an essential worker (grocery store worker), whenever I hear the automatic page telling us that “we’re all in this together”, it takes everything in me not to burst into tears. It’s the ultimate slap in the face phrase that is supposed to make all of us feel better when in reality, I feel like I’m expendable instead of essential.

The abuse that some of my colleagues and I have to deal with on a daily basis has gotten worse since the stores blocked off all non-essential items in the store. We have people who don’t care about the rules who bully us and make us feel terrible when we can’t sell them an item that is not allowed to be sold. I have seen several of my colleagues get so bullied that they are left in tears. We do not deserve to go through that. I get it. Everyone is stressed because of this. But where do we cross the line between being frustrated and being abusive? Because I’ll say this...we do not deserve some of the treatment that we get from people when all we are trying to do is our jobs. And might I add that because of the horrific vaccination rollout that myself and many of my colleagues have not had our first vaccine and we won’t know when we will get it? I feel like the government treats us like we are expendable and that they do not give a damn about any of us. I feel bullied by my community and I feel like I am worthless in the eyes of society. This has really messed up a lot of people, and I feel that even after this calms down and things open back up, I’ll still be staying far away from people. This pandemic has really opened my eyes to how cruel and entitled we are as a society and unless we all start working together to get through this, we will have learned nothing from this.

We’re all in this together. That’s the cruelest joke of all.

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