Restaurant cashier: "We are doing no-touch takeout, but 80% of the customers — even though we strictly tell them no — will still try to come into the store, or will try to stand outside of the store. Also, if the food is wrong, we have to correct it, which involves taking the food back, which could still have germs on the bag or the box. Our work washes hands every 30 minutes and cleans, but it still makes me nervous that the customers are not listening to the rules that have been set by us and the governor."
Dispatch call center employee: "We are in a horrific bind here. If we walk out and quit, then we have no support for our families, no income, no job during this unforeseen time. If we stay, we are at risk to not only exposing ourselves and getting the virus, but our families and loved ones as well."
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Building supply company employee: "I am told I am an essential worker and must report to work despite the circumstances. I am happy to serve my community in times of need but the stay-at-home order is not being followed at all. We have walkers who are here just to make laps inside the building, moms and dads with their children running all over the store, elderly who are given no priority, teenagers and groups just hanging out, and management who is telling us this is all a joke. They are purchasing paint, mulch, flowers — very few essential items! They refuse to adhere to the six-foot recommendation despite signs, tape, etc. We are making record sales on a daily basis and our corporate offices are encouraging this behavior."
Plant worker: "The majority of people I work with are minimizing and downplaying the risk to ourselves and our families, and even management and HR have responded flippantly to my concerns. I am deeply concerned for the safety of my family, who are immunocompromised, and for my financial security if I'm pushed into choosing between my job and the safety of me and my family. I am also concerned about losing my health insurance if that happens.
“It is my hope that stories like these will reach the governor and make him reconsider the wording of the order so that businesses like mine cannot keep their doors open through technicality. It is clear to me that these businesses value the almighty dollar more than the lives of their employees and the public in general. It’s my opinion that we are long past the time to politely ask businesses to comply.”
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Transportation agency worker:
"People that have jobs that could be done remotely (from home) are not being allowed to. 'If you're not sick, you are expected to be at work.'"
Fulfillment center worker: "We have continued to work side by side with hundreds of other team members. No changes have been made other than 'additional cleaning' and break-room doors propped open. We are being paid more to come in, which makes it worse because sick people come in just for the money."
Car wash employee: "Trying to understand how a car wash has been deemed an essential business. Stating they are 'washing COVID-19' off of cars?"
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Landscape company employee: "I don't feel they are keeping things clean enough — tools, keys, tablets, door knobs, truck interiors. No hand sanitizer available in the warehouse. They keep looking for the loopholes to stay open and will not let high-risk people stay home, like myself.
Medical group scheduler: "People too close together, non-essential business as we don't do anything but busy work."
Nursing home employee: "They have locked up our gloves, gowns, and masks, our PPE, and only give each shift a certain amount and are telling us we have to reuse them and when we run out to use garbage bags as our gowns."
Craft store employee: "We have no cleaner or sanitizer and there are way too many people still coming in for things that are not essential and we have to work."
Fast food restaurant employee: "I deal with hundreds of people every day, still I don't know who is sick and who isn't."