I am super paranoid when it comes to getting sick from other people and now that I am working with the public again, I find that I am always worrying about germs. People who are suffering from chronic illnesses have a weakened immune system and we can get sick a lot easier than a healthy person. Whenever I know that someone in the family has been sick, especially when it is one of the kids, I try to keep myself and our son away from whoever isn’t feeling well.
I know that some people think I take things too far and worry too much about getting sick, but they don’t realize that when I get sick it lingers and lingers. Now that I am exposed to hundreds of people every day, I am constantly thinking about what all I’m being exposed to. Just last week I had a lady come through my line who was sick with pneumonia – and she was out shopping – in a public place – around children and many other people. When she told me that she was sick with pneumonia, I asked her what in the heck she was doing out and that she should be home in bed – or in the hospital. She said that she was bored and couldn’t stay home anymore. So because she was “bored”, she has possibly infected how many other people? Then I had to take her money and touch her store card – I was not happy and she knew I was not happy.
People just don’t have common sense anymore and they don’t think. One person’s actions can affect so many people, especially those who are already ill. Is this something that irritates you, or am I just too paranoid?