Bakery in Bonn, June 1988.
Bäckerei in Bonn, Deutschland
At least two things are different in German shops; money handling and clothing. Change is always laid in the tray (to the right of the ladies in the picture), never handed directly to you. Also, food salespeople often wear aprons or "Arbeitskittel" over their street clothes. These work clothes protect better than aprons but receive a lot of jokes because they are identified with industrious, German housewives, the kind who are always cleaning and reminding you to do your share (for instance, the apartment house stairwell which you are responsible for washing every Friday - na, na, na!).
Photo German Bundesarchiv CC by SA
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