At the office where my sister worked before her current workplace, on Fridays, their dress code was “casual.” What this meant was that the employees still had to wear nice pants, but they could wear a white golf shirt emblazoned with the company logo.
So, it was a different Friday than the one I told you about yesterday. Keeping yesterday’s fiasco in mind, my sister made her lunch then took out her bathroom garbage before she finished getting ready. After she finished her hair and makeup, she put on her shoes and left for work. About halfway there, she realized that she’d left her lunch on the counter.
It was too late to turn around, so she pulled into the grocery store near her office and went inside. The store had recently been closed for remodeling and had just reopened that very day. She felt excited to be among the first customers back after the store being closed for so long.
While she was there, she decided to pick up a few items she needed at home. As she walked around the store, the Pepsi man, the Hallmark lady, the Lays chip guy, and other vendors all greeted her happily as they stocked their items. She said they were exceptionally friendly, and she didn’t feel so bad about leaving her lunch at home after all.
After she filled her handheld basket, she went to the front and unloaded all her items on the conveyor belt. She was surprised that there were no other customers in line, but she felt lucky that she wouldn’t have to wait. However, wait, she did. There was no cashier on duty. Finally, she walked over to the manager’s office and asked them to page a clerk.
They raised their eyebrows and looked at her rather oddly. She furrowed her brow. “What’s wrong? I need to check out so I can get to work.”
The manager started laughing. “I’m sorry. We must’ve thought you were a vendor with that shirt on. You shouldn’t be here. We don’t open until tomorrow.”
So tell me: Have you ever wandered into someplace you didn’t belong? Have you ever been mistaken for someone else? Do you have a casual Friday at your workplace?