Socialist Grocery

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In a 7-panel comic from Socialist Grocery by Oli Knowles, Sebastian has an uncomfortable encounter with a customer at work.

Dialog and Transcription

In a 7-panel comic from Socialist Grocery by Oli Knowles, Sebastian has an uncomfortable encounter with a customer at work.

In the top left panel, Sebastian narrates, “I don’t know how much longer I can do this.” In the grocery store, Sebastian asks a customer at checkout “Did you find everything alright today?”

In the top right panel, the customer replies with urgency, “No – you’re out of turkey corn dogs. When are they coming back?!?” She has a raised eyebrow and a concerned expression on her face.

In the middle left panel, Sebastian’s expression is covered by a mask, but it’s clear they’re uncomfortable. They reply, “Um- I don’t know?”

In the middle center panel, the customer pauses with a “…” They stand there with a wide-eyed, frowning expression. The silence is awkward.

In the middle right panel, the customer continues, “My boyfriend calls me corndog girl.” It’s unclear what she meant by that.

In the bottom left panel, Sebastian is looking at the customer with wide eyes and a blank face. This wasn’t a conversation they were expecting to have at the register.

In the bottom right panel, Sebastian is unpacking the moment with their coworkers. On the left, someone asks, “Was she like… joking when she said it? Was it a bit?” Sebastian disagrees, “It felt very serious.” A coworker on the right remarks, “It just feels a little T.M.I., somehow…”

Tags

corn dogs, fruitflyfishing, grocery store, Oli Knowles, Socialist Grocery, weird customers

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