This is the El Xtra Supermarket where we buy our groceries every two weeks when we receive our Social Security paychecks. It’s about a five-minute drive from our house.
My wife is the woman with the light blue blouse on the left of the picture. The young woman with the red sweater is an “empacadora” (packer). Every supermarket has packers who help place the merchandise onto carts and then takes them to the customers’ automobiles in the parking lots.
The packers are informal workers who work in supermarkets in an effort to rake in a few bucks a day through tips from customers. They are not regular employees of the supermarkets. Usually, they are students or people with a low-level education. The tips they receive vary between $1.00-$2.00 per customer. We pay $1.00. I wish we could pay more, but our budget is quite tight.