Stocking the Shelves at Sainsbury’s

My job was stock person at Sainsbury’s supermarket in Wilmslow, Cheshire, England — Summers 1984 and 1985. I was a freshman home from college in the United States (Franklin & Marshall College). My uniform was a blue plaid dress with broad orange panels. It zipped up the front. The neckline was v-neck with a very large orange collar. The kicker the uniform was 100 percent polyester. I had to wear it with a T-shirt underneath as it was too scratchy…and panty hose. It was a typical English summer, but without air conditioning in the store I roasted most days. I spent my days bagging groceries and stacking the shelves. I used a price tag gun on every single solitary stinking can of fruit cocktail. No photos unfortunately.

I plan on blogging about my life in England over the next few weeks. I was born in Manchester in 19mumble mumble. Stay tuned.

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