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dream.20070510: refresh the Shaw’s

by Rob Friesel

I’m on the crew that is responsible for refreshing a Shaw’s every two-to-three quarters.  It happens at night, secretly.  So you’ll never notice.  Some of it you might notice.  The deep cleaning, fresh paint, floors mopped and waxed, the shelves reconfigured; sometimes it’s a little more obvious than not.  The part that always bugs me is the indentured labor crew change-over.  The pang of guilt with each crew change gets worse every time, the bait & switch of it.  Most of the day crew is regular labor but usually about a dozen or so of the folk that work the harder-to-staff hours are women we bring in.  Tonight we shuffle out a group of just under a dozen middle-aged Iranian women; scooting them onto the bus, they lament the shifts in their fates.  I’m glad I can’t understand what they’re saying.  In their place, we add a dozen hopeful Bosnian women.  We make our best effort to keep the two crews separate.

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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