Can I just piggyback on this thread for one moment, please? I too have worked this job, but I promise I won’t try to steal Woody’s thunder…
Just one thing I want to share re alcoholics:
Guys and gals, if you are an alcoholic, just go into the store and buy your rotgut as if you were buying a loaf of bread. The clerk doesn’t care, so don’t be embarrassed. It becomes embarrassing (and sadly funny) when folks say, “I want a bottle of whatever, it’s for my sister”, and do it apropos of nothing. Though usually, it’s a rushed: “Iwannabottleofginit’sformysister”.
“I see, sir. And what brand does your “sister” prefer?”
Just buy your booze. We’ve seen worse and we’re not judging you. Or, in other words, if you’re a bum, it’s not only the liquor store guys who will notice, but also everybody else you come into contact with. So don’t worry about us.