Student Spotlight: David Trumbo, Safeway

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

David Trumbo is a MIS major set to graduate in 2022.  This summer he worked as a cashier at Safeway in Tucson, Arizona.

What was a typical day like?

What a typical day looked like in Safeway is that you would go in and clock in right away. Right after you clock in there’s a person that asks if you have any symptoms or if you feel sick. After you get cleared by them I would just go my register and start checking people out. We would have to deep clean and wash our hands after every hour just to keep everything clean. Safeway would provide you with PPE such as masks or gloves. Masks are mandatory.

What was your favorite part of the experience?

My favorite part about working at Safeway is meeting all kinds of different people. I never thought Id be friends with like 50-60 year old people but believe it or not they’re actually a lot more interesting. They also share a lot of the same interests as me such as music, watching movies, traveling, etc. Working with them doesn’t even feel like we’re working it just feels like we’re all hanging out in a grocery store. I’ve met a lot of awesome coworkers that have become some of my closest friends but I’ve also become really good friends with some of customers that go into Safeway on a regular basis. Specifically, there’s this elderly couple that always come to Safeway on Sundays and ask me about my life, how school is going, and if I’m keeping up with all of my work. I enjoy meeting new people because I feel like the more people you know the more opportunities you get in life.

What did you learn?

I’ve learned how to interact with customers during these tough times and how to satisfy any problems they might have. I’ve also seen how grocery stores operate and how they’ve established social distancing guidelines. I’ve learned and experienced a lot in my time being here, I’ve met a lot of awesome people here but I’ve also met people that I should try to avoid because they make the job a lot more difficult. For the most part this job is tons of fun and I never let my personal issues interfere with my work environment.