Shades of Grey: Clerk

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For Consideration and Conversation: What Do You Think?

Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, some people think many situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily found.


On the way to work, you stop at a local convenience store. It’s busy in there and you wait in line to pay.

A loud voice at the front of the line draw your attention. The clerk behind the counter is speaking gruffly to a young man. As their voices get louder, it becomes clear to you that they are arguing over his I.D. He is trying to buy cigarettes and the clerk cannot read what he has given her.

After a few moments, the clerk looks at the young man and says loudly, “I can’t tell what your birthdate is.” She then lifts her head and shouts to everyone in line, “Does anybody here speak Mexican?”

What do you think? Do you think anything should be said to the clerk? If you know any Spanish, would you help the young man? Now, what if one of the people in line makes a comment about his not speaking English. Does that change what you think, or what you do?

Alternatively, what if the young man was being loud or rude right back to the clerk? Does that change what you think or what you do?



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Kay Whatley serves as Editor and Reporter with The Grey Area News. Kay is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Kay Whatley is wife to Frank Whatley, founder of The Grey Area™ newspaper and The Grey Area News online news website.