The relationship between two employees located in two different geographical area constituting two different demographic groups of two different socioeconomic classes. My partner and I decided to purchase some grocery to prepare onion soup. We head to claremont and as we continue to drive to our destination, it is noticeable that this city, which my partner later informed me this is the City of Claremont, is pretty well-off. The vast number of trees added charm to the city, as this was probably the only city in proximity to monteclair that carried Gruyere cheese (European cheese, who else would carry fancy european cheese than sprouts?). As I entered the store, shoppers were predominantly white of varying ages. Of course, an organic and local store is likely to be found in an area that is of higher class status. But this is no shocker. What really pounded my thought was the cashier. There I stood in line, waiting patiently at first and slowly started feeling a little frustrated because the cashier was cashing the front lady at a very lethargic pace; honestly, it felt like an hour, meanwhile, the cashier line next to his was moving at a faster pace. I stared at the cashier, who was to ring us up; he was fairly young, a novice at his job, inexperienced as a cashier even if he was new, I could tell that he was not experienced in this particular environment. Then I thought about my city, the majority of cashiers were not fairly young or slow, if they were slow then they would be given “a talk” regarding their efficiency. This is not the case for this young, white, (most likely student) cashier. There my thoughts rolled in confusion how two similar positions but based in different locations among different social groups receive different treatments. However, let us not forget the racial dynamics that play a fundamental role in analyzing power structures. For one, as previously mentioned, this was a young, white male, meanwhile, in comparison to a cashier in a different location that is more impoverished, are composed of marginalized groups. However, the interactions are different. For one, as a consumer of color I did not feel that I had the power to reclaim him for his idle transaction—why is this the case? I did not feel comfortable in a foreign city with foreign people, but it is more complex.
Another interesting part of this transaction is that after putting the cart a small bag of popcorn, he was close to ringing the transaction but then stated that I needed a four-digit number. Yes, the process of even purchasing food was different. I needed to write down the numbers. Then I thought, in other supermarket stores the cashiers normally have the digits in a small booklet and they enter the number, therefore, the cashiers do the work. In this case scenario, the consumers entered the numbers. For one, do the employers feel that they can trust the consumer in writing the appropriate numbers, or two, do they feel that consumers are literate, meanwhile, consumers in less privileged areas are not?
These are just the micro relationships I noticed. As we know, healthier, organic, and fresh produce is naturally occurring in areas where residents are more economically stable or beyond. This stores are not readily located populated urban centers impacted by poverty.