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Heroic shop workers are a lifeline for all of us

Lorraine Courtney


 

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'Now that our streets have emptied, it’s glaringly obvious who the real heroes of our society are: the friendly cashiers, the stockers and warehouse workers.' Photo: REUTERS

'Now that our streets have emptied, it’s glaringly obvious who the real heroes of our society are: the friendly cashiers, the stockers and warehouse workers.' Photo: REUTERS

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'Now that our streets have emptied, it’s glaringly obvious who the real heroes of our society are: the friendly cashiers, the stockers and warehouse workers.' Photo: REUTERS

Last week, we stood at our doorways and applauded healthcare workers - our newest ritual that has spread from Roman balconies to Dublin's terraced streets.

But let's not forget that right around Ireland, so many others in "essential services" are working tirelessly trying to keep us all going. And right up there are supermarket and grocery shop workers.

So-called non-essential workers have now been ordered to stay at home - leaving others from healthcare to transport and retail to continue with their daily grind. Of all essential employees, the ones who check through our groceries at the supermarket, give us our change and direct us to the dry foods aisle are the ones we are all most likely to see and interact with and rely on over the next few weeks.