7 weeks ago we only had 1000 deaths total in the USA. Now we headed to 90,000 and it’s just now hitting the middle of the USA. Yet our Gov. of NE. decides to open NOW. The national guard was in my town doing test today. This town isn’t worried. They run around without masks and they tout that it “is only dangerous if you’re old or otherwise at risk”. 1/3 of our county are OVER 65. That + other people at risk make this a very dangerous situation for our area. There are only 3 ICU beds in the county and nearly 8,000 people. We have a LOT of people in this town that smoke, that are obese and that do other things making them more at risk. I’ll admit it is mind-numbing that people here who are at risk themselves are telling people that they are wrong for taking precautions.
What WAS the safest store to shop in, before we had positive people here, has decided now that they don’t need to require people to wear masks. They have gone so far as to make comments to one another about the people who ARE wearing masks that go there. I’m very big on shopping locally when not online, but after seeing the reactions on FB today when someone asked them to wear masks (they got HORRIBLY NASTY) and the comments about people who do wear masks (I know this only because I was personally commented about and could CLEARLY hear what was said) I’m now officially a Walmart shopper. Walmart is at least TRYING to take precautions to keep the community safe. I’m kinda sad really, after the response and actions of the store employees, I won’t likely shop there again. My kid doesn’t want to shop there anymore.
We will miss the friendly ladies in the deli, the super nice butcher’s, the guy that stocks the shelves and helps us find things, the produce guys, and Chris who has many times helped me load groceries into my car. We will miss getting items ordered for us and being able to get locally made Italian sausage and beef breakfast sausage. We will miss the guy in produce helping us pick out the best melons and offering the heads up when they get new items or when they will be coming! We will miss running in for fresh flower bouquets.
The hometown feel is very much so tarnished. The fact that people who are exposed to the MOST people in town have so little regard for the residents of this town is insane. How you can in good conscious handle multiple people’s items one after another without optimizing every available safety measure is inexcusable. You are an ESSENTIAL BUSINESS. People NEED groceries. Yet you’re willing to blatantly ignore the risk you put other people at is not only sick…..it shows how you really feel about the community that supports the existence of your store. I guess you don’t care about our family not shopping there, but the fact that you will be exposing people to possible death should mean something. The fact that most of your customers are elderly people in town. I have seen people using oxygen in your store many times. Do you think those shoppers will be bringing you business if they are dead?
Companies who rely on the business of the community should always put the safety of their customers at the front of their business model. This is why as a society we have things in place like the FDA and the reason restaurants have health inspections. To keep the people served as safe as possible! When a place of business blatantly disregards the safety of the customers over the conveniences of staff, they really have NO reason to be supported. Would you go to eat food at a place that you see staff using the restrooms and not washing afterward? OF COURSE, NOT, it’s gross, it’s unsanitary and it’s unsafe! There is a reason medical staff wear masks. Its to keep YOU SAFE because they can possibly transfer illness to you, unintentionally, if not taking precautions.
No one is saying anyone should wear a mask 27/7 BUT if you work in close proximity to other people, if you are not able to socially distance for your job OR you may expose people at risk with cross-contamination. It’s your responsibility to make sure you are not the source of a massive spread of disease in your community. It’s not about a political agenda, it’s not about religion, its about basic hygiene and respect for the people in your community.
Because of the total lack of care on its part, I’m sad to say that Rays Apple Market in Fairbury, NE probably should close down.