Thursday, 7 March 2013

LCBO Ladies

It struck me yesterday that there must be some sort of hiring policy at LCBO to maintain a staff level of one crazy lady per store.  It doesn't seem to matter which LCBO store I go to or in which city, there always seems to be that one clerk carrying on some absolutely absurd conversation with each and every customer.  Her line is always the longest and that would normally drive me bonkers but she's also so gosh darn personable and quirky that it's impossible to get mad at her.

The working conditions at LCBO might be a possible theory on the source of the madness but it is amazingly consistent that just one of the clerks is affected by it.  Any interaction with her co-workers is loud and typically absurd but is never reciprocated with similar weirdness.  For example:

"HEY LUCY!  THIS GUY HAS RED GLOVES!"
"Okay Doris."
"BOY I TELL YAH IT WOULD HAVE TO BE PRETTY COLD FOR ME TO WEAR RED GLOVES!"
"I'm going on break Doris."
"OKAY WELL LET'S SEE WHAT KIND OF GLOVES THIS NEXT FELLER HAS ON!"

It fascinates me.  Is it policy?  Are they hired crazy or do they have to train the crazy into them?  It's usually entertaining and it certainly diffuses a lot of the stress that builds up being surrounded by alcoholics.  I'll have to do more research on the topic.  Watch for my soon to be published paper on the subject.

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