I make friends with a lot of the customers. Yes, there are some people I actually like out there. Sometimes a lot of time goes by where we don't see many of them. The only way I know what may have happened to some customers is to check the obituaries.
I look through the obituaries in the newspaper every time I work. About 5 times out of the year, I find a customer in there. Someone who I usually just saw the day before in my store.
It's kind of creepy seeing their picture in there when you had no idea anything was wrong. And usually nothing was wrong, most of the time they died suddenly.
I've seen a young guy in there that I was just hassling the other day about expired coupons...he committed suicide.
I've seen a guy that called me the wrong name for years...I'm just too polite to correct some people.
I've even seen a lady in there who's mother had died a month before.....she missed her mother so much her own health had started to deteriorate.
It's sad when customers pass away. Sometimes I show up at the funeral or wake and their family members are always surprised to see a person like me; someone who only saw them briefly every day, but otherwise knew nothing about them.