I Worked In a Bookstore…Once

Once When I Worked In A Bookstore...

Back in high school, I  started working at Price Chopper (a local grocery store chain in Kansas City) when I was 15 and a half. I really thought I was doing something with my minimum wage check that only equaled roughly $150 every two weeks.

That first job was the hard. I hated being on my feet and pushing baskets from the parking lot in 100 degree weather was the worst.  My parents didn’t really want me to work during the school year, so the next Summer I got a job at a bookstore in Ward Parkway Mall.I thought, how awesome is this going to be!?  I still had to stand on my feet, but I figured I could get past it. For a book lover and avid reader, what better place to be, right? Wrong!

At the time the mall was mostly deserted. They were doing major construction on the mall and I wasn’t even allowed to read while on shift, let alone sit down. My little 4 hours a night would was a drag. Before closing I had to sweep the store and let me tell ya, bookstores are one of the most dustiest places ever!

I found out the older books or ones that wouldn’t sell, we were required to send back to the distributor and some were even destroyed (literally, we would rip the covers off paperbacks and throw them out…in the trash compactor).

The best thing though was knowing when books were coming out before the public knew. I guess I could say though it was one of best worst jobs ever. If anything I got to conversate with a bunch of kids that I went to school with who were just looking to pass time. A bonus though, I did get to keep some of the books that we were throwing out.

Talk about dreams crushed, I know.

Have you ever worked at a job you thought was going to be sweet and turned out to be quite the opposite? Comment!



Author: Nicole Alicia

Nicole Alicia is a fiction writer and blogger from Kansas City, Missouri.

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