Day 6: The day you first held a job
Summit, MS is a very small town. At the time I lived in it, the population was estimated at a little more than 1800 people. I’m not sure if that has changed much or not. There wasn't much to do in Summit; if you wanted any excitement, you had to go to McComb, the next town over.
In Summit, there’s only one grocery store. Piggly Wiggly. That is where you want to go if you didn't feel like going into McComb to get anything. The management at Piggly Wiggly knew that, so it was advantageous to them to have the prices slightly high for convenience.
Summer of 1995, I wanted to try and save up some money. I had aspirations of going to college and knew there may be some expenses to go along with it. I figured if I started working now, by the time summer of next year came around, I would have had a significant amount.
I got hired right away as a cashier. I’ll never forget that apron. It was navy blue with red trim, and in the center of the chest was a smiling pig. I'm sure the design has changed since then.
At Piggly Wiggly, you had to scan everything, except for the produce. You weighed it and then pushed the corresponding button. The machine wasn’t all that sophisticated.
One day, the scanning system was messed up so we had to punch in all the UPC codes by hand. It was a nightmare, especially when I had this one lady that had purchased almost two hundred dollars worth of groceries.
True, I was only making minimum wage, which back in 1995 was $4.25 an hour, but I was very happy getting that pay day every week. It just felt nice to have a bit of change in my pocket. Plus, I could do help out Grandma and Grandpa when I could, even though they would never ask me to.
I worked there until time for me to go to college, but I would also work there during my freshman year of college when I had breaks. After that I stopped, because for the next two summers afterwards, I ended up doing internships. But I was always thankful for the opportunity that Mr. Vinson gave to me.
Day 6, that’s a wrap!