Back then, at what I recall was a Packer food store at the Macomb Mall in Roseville, Mich., a typical Saturday began with me “shagging” all the shopping carts from around the mall’s perimeter; mopping the entire floor, first using a soapy liquid and then clear and water; shoveling ice from the ice-making machine into large tubs and dumping the ice onto the areas where the produce would be displayed, keeping it cold for much of the day and making it more presentable to shoppers. Then I worked the rest of my eight-hour shift bagging customers’ purchases and, if needed, loading them into their vehicles.
Occasionally, I’d be lucky enough to get a dime or quarter as a tip.
On my way back into the store, I’d grab another six to eight carts and return them into the store — this was all done by hand. We didn’t have those motorized things used today, when all they have to do is steer.