The Mystery Girl created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Aldens are visiting with their aunt Jane who has a friend who owns a general store, but things aren’t going so well for him. A new shopping center has opened up nearby and people are going there to shop instead of his general store. His only employee also left to go and work at the shopping center. He’s desperately in need of help, so the Aldens volunteer themselves.
Another girl also comes to work at the store, but it seems like she doesn’t know how to do a darn thing. Some things also start to go missing around the store, basic things, nothing fancy. The Aldens want to get to the bottom of this strange girl and the missing items. What’s going on? Is the shopping center behind all of it?
What I liked
I like shopping well enough and general stores are kind of neat to walk around in. There’s a chain of them around here called Mast General Stores. They don’t have produce and things like that, but you can get all manner of clothes, items, and candy from their stores. It’s not exactly cheap though. They’re fun to browse through. I don’t think I’ve ever bought anything at one of them though.
What I didn’t like
First of all, the Aldens shouldn’t be working in a general store. They’re not old enough and they’re not getting paid either. Second of all, who cares if this girl doesn’t know how to do a lot of things? That’s what getting a job is about. You get a job and you learn how to do things. You may not have any experience in whatever the thing is before you get the job, but the entire point of getting the job is to get the experience. Everyone had a first job. We didn’t know how to run cash registers, or use a restaurant grill, or whatever before we took that job. Hopefully, the people who hired us were patient with us as we learned how to do those things.
It’s completely unreasonable to expect a new hire to know how to do everything on the job, especially if it’s their first job.
I’m going to the general store to get a side of bacon, a horse shoe, a vacuum, a stroller, and a sign for my yard that lets everyone know how sassy I am.
Were unreasonable expectations placed upon you at your first job?
Do you like browsing in general stores?