Area of many grocery store
s and party store
s in states that have a bottle deposit
law. The bottle return
is an area where such deposit-laced beverage containers
are taken to reclaim their respective money. Some more modern bottle returns are automated
, while some remain manually operated, with people counting
and checking each container
as they come by.
The primary duty of the bottle return, automatic or not, is to make sure the containers are counted accurately and that containers without deposit on them are rejected. This also includes sorting out said containers if needed for collection.
The bottle return area itself is the physical manifestation of hell on earth. A sticky, slimy, smelly combination of spilled beer, pop, and unidentified fluids cover every square inch of the area. And that's just the area itself; the job is worse. Imagine explaining the bottle deposit law to every customer that has a problem, as well as counting out hundreds of crushed cans manually, and you've only started the day.
Don't ever work in the bottle return.