How was it like working at an A & P?Sliced ham maybe, but not a whole ham. It's not something I enjoy.
But I used to sell them. When going to school I was the assistant manager of the deli department of an A&P. I still only made $1.35 an hour, but I got to close.
One night when I was in back in the kitchen cleaning up, my helper came and said he needed me because there was a lady by the counter who was really upset. So I went out to the counter and said, "Good evening mam, how can I help you?" She looks at me furiously, and points at a tinned ham and hisses, "That ham!!!"
Immediately realizing that everything was fully on TILT, I enquired tentatively and respectfully, "I see . . . you don't like that ham?" She glares at me and says contemptuously, "No, you're selling Polish ham, that's communist ham!" Playing dumb (Comes naturally.) I respond, "Thank you! I had no idea! Thank you for bringing that to my attention, I'll inform the store manager first thing tomorrow!" Slightly mollified she stalked off.
Next day I talked with the manager, explained what had happened and asked what he wanted done. "Take the labels off, and tell her it's Danish ham!"