Ignacio works at a small supermarket in downtown Manhattan. Every day he starts work at 7:30. He arrives at 7:10, clocks in, and puts his coat in a small locker. He says hello to his supervisor, Tom. Tom immediately gives Ignacio an assignment.

Ignacio’s assignment is usually to arrange the items on the shelves neatly. Customers always make the shelves messy. They grab what they need and don’t care about knocking over products or pushing things aside. Ignacio smiles at every customer he sees. He is nice and talks to customers he sees frequently. But secretly, he wishes people weren’t so careless. At least once a day, Tom calls Ignacio over to clean up fruit that people knock off the fruit stands or broken glass jars that fall off the shelves. Ignacio even sees people make a mess and then just walk away without telling anyone about it.

“Unbelievable!” He thinks to himself. “These people are slobs.”

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Ignacio _________ at a small supermarket in downtown Manhattan. Every day he _________ work at 7:30. He _________ at 7:10, _________, and _________ his coat in a small locker. He _________ hello to his supervisor, Tom. Tom immediately _________ Ignacio an assignment.

Ignacio’s assignment _____ usually to arrange the items on the shelves neatly. Customers always _________ the shelves messy. They _________ what they need and _____________ about knocking over products or pushing things aside. Ignacio _________ at every customer he _________. He ___ nice and _______ to customers he _______ frequently. But secretly, he _______ people ________ so careless. At least once a day, Tom _________ Ignacio over to clean up fruit that people _________ the fruit stands or broken glass jars that _________ the shelves. Ignacio even _________ people make a mess and then just ____________ without telling anyone about it.

“Unbelievable!” He _________ to himself. “These people _________ slobs.”

Comprehension Questions

  1. What time does Ignacio arrive at the supermarket?
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  2. Who is Ignacio’s supervisor?
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  3. How does Ignacio treat the customers?
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  4. What does Ignacio think about some customers?
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  5. Why does he think that about the customers?
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Write the story in your own words (do not copy it, try to remember):

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Will Joe keep his job in the supermarket? Why or why not?

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