Mountain View, CA - Safeway's internal newsletter 'Giving Our Best'
provided evidence of what male shoppers have long suspected - that
a pleasant smile from the young woman working the cash register contains
more than just friendliness.
a revealing interview, 2-year Safeway employee Janet Thoroughgrove
talked frankly about what it's like working the cash register. "The
day can sometimes drag a bit and it's natural that you use your imagination
to liven the day up a little. If I have a good-looking male customer,
sometimes I'll pretend the money he's handing over isn't for his
shopping but for something else that I ... did for him, you know?"
"Or if he's bought certain vegetables, I might imagine that
it's not a vegetable I'm picking up - plums also work," Thoroughgrove
elaborated. "Does it show in my face? I guess - sometimes I
can feel myself blushing. Then I just rummage in the bag I'm filling
to deflect attention."
Of greatest encouragement to the large software engineering population
of Silicon Valley however is perhaps Thoroughgrove's admission of
her greatest turn-on. "When a male customer gives me good change.
Say the customer has to pay $6.03 and he gives me $6.10 so I don't
have to use up my change so much - well that's nice because it's
thoughtful. But say the amount is $6.56 and he's only got a $10 bill,
but he gives me $11.60, so I don't have to use my ones and I don't
have to use much small change. Well, that's just downright sexy -
it's thoughtful and it's intelligent. I can feel myself wanting him
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