Teen works hard behind the carts
November 24, 2007
Craig — Sure, it’s not the most fun thing to do, but the job is important, Corey Lindsey said.
Lindsey, an 18-year-old Craig teenager, is a courtesy attendant at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter. His main responsibilities are to collect the shopping carts in the parking lot and make sure the store’s front sidewalk is clean.
Those are two responsibilities that were made all the more pressing yesterday, colloquially known as Black Friday, America’s busiest shopping day of the year.
He came in to work at 5 a.m., four hours earlier than normal. By 1 p.m., he estimated he had gone out 30 times, collecting 20 carts at a time, and carts were again piling up in their collection areas.
“It’s not really what I was aiming for, but it’s not the worst job in the world,” Lindsey said.
The worst job Lindey had, he said, was cleaning up limestone at one of the local mines.
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He said he had to wear a bunch of protective wear, and tape off his hands, feet and neck before shoveling limestone dust into a wheelbarrow and carting it off to a storage facility.
Limestone can be dangerous, Lindsey added, because when it gets wet, it heats up and can cause some nasty burns.
He may like his new job, but he admits he doesn’t like cleaning trash out of the carts.
“There are entire bags of trash in the carts sometimes,” Lindsey said. “There was an entire deer pelt once. And some dirty diapers.”
Black Friday was better than usual, he said. There wasn’t really any trash on the year’s busiest shopping day, which Lindsey was grateful for.
Being a courtesy attendant is better than shoveling limestone dust, though he still has to bundle up to protect himself from the cold.
“It’s getting to the point where it’s too cold,” Lindsey laughed.
Then he put on his coat and gloves and went out into the chilly afternoon, ready to continue his craft.
Black Friday was making him hustle, though, Lindsey said, and if he worked hard enough, he could break a sweat.
Lindsey has enough to do that makes him work hard every day, he added.
He’ll see people he knows and take the time to say hi, but he never has enough downtime to visit.
“Lots of times I don’t have time to take breaks” besides the scheduled ones employees get, he said. “I do when I can, but it’s always busy here.”
Lindsey started with Wal-Mart when it first arrived, helping assemble the store’s insides with other associates.
He doesn’t plan on staying in Craig forever, though.
“I won’t move out probably for another year and a half,” he said. “I’m going to try and go to Denver, work in a guitar store there.”
Lindsey’s been playing for about three months and knows one song, Coheed and Cambria’s “Always and Never,” he said.
“It’s fairly easy to play,” Lindsey said.
He’s somewhat self-taught so far. He said he looked up the song’s tablature on the Internet and “just practiced until he could do it.”
For now, Lindsey said he works in a great store.
“There’s a lot of teamwork,” he said. “I don’t think we could run a store this big without working together.”
When he’s not cart wrangling, Lindsey takes over as a greeter so they can go on break, or helps others carry big items such as televisions to people’s cars.
“I just try and make everybody’s lives a little easier,” Lindsey said.