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New Heroes: 7 Cape Cod Store Clerks Talk Safety, VIDEO – Cape Cod Covidispatch

CAPE COD – This video is of visits to one store in each of seven towns on Route 28 – from Chatham to Falmouth – in which I asked these seven clerks (actually six clerks and one full-service gas station attendant) how they are dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic while on the job.

I visited more than these seven places of business. More than one such place declined an interview. Some cited corporate policy, others did not want to appear on camera, and one declined saying directly and simply, “Everyone is on edge right now.”

I am especially thankful to these seven people who did agree to be interviewed about how they are keeping themselves safe, how customers are treating them, and what advice they have for all of us to keep ourselves and store clerks/gas station attendants safe.


Cape Cod Covidispatch

I was interested in what folks are selling. I asked one specific question of almost everyone: whether they were selling a lot of lottery tickets. It seemed a legitimate question.

See also, Why Is The State Still Selling Lottery Tickets? – An Essay

Finally, as I said to every one of these people, and those who declined to be interviewed, I think they are heroes and I think everyone on Cape Cod thanks them. 

While we may not need, um, lottery tickets, we do need stuff. We will all continue to need stuff from time to time to get through this.

But please remember as Austin at Cumberland Farms in Chatham said, “We’re all in this together.”

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For our other coverage see Cape Cod Covidispatch

And, Reporter’s Covid Diary – I Never Wanted To Be A “War” Reporter

You Can't Sell Right Field

–PLEASE SEE You Can’t Sell Right Field,  a novel from Cape Cod Wave….A review from Goodreads:
“Brian Tarcy knows Cape Cod and captures the attitudes, quirks and idiosyncrasies of its diverse residents. Beneath the witty banter and self deprecating commentary is embedded the most serious issue of the peninsula of Cape Cod – Development. Cape Cod needs jobs and economic impetus, but at what cost? Will the drive to build houses destroy the very nature of the Cape? Will greed push environmental ruin and development obliterate the natural beauty that natives and tourists both crave? Tarcy builds his story around the lives of a softball team of life-long friends, townies who have taken different paths and have opposing visions for the town they love.”

About the author

Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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Brian is a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan with a long-running NFL predictions/political satire column connecting weekly world events to the fate of his favorite team, now at

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