They’re Calling for Cleanup in Aisle Five

They’re calling for cleanup in Aisle Five on the P.A. system. Not sure why our customers have to know this. The manager could’ve just told me. Aisle Five is the heart of my area of stocking responsibility. The unhealthy center, processed stuff. Someone busted up a slew of corn syrup. Messy, but it’s an easy solve. Last year a customer was actually shot in Organic Produce, but that’s not my territory. No loudspeaker that time.

Todd Mercer

Todd Mercer’s short collection, "Ingenue", was a winner of the Celery City contest. His digital chapbook, "Life-wish Maintenance" is available free at Right Hand Pointing. Recent work appears in Literary Yard, MacQueen’s Quinterly, and Star 82 Review.