From the beginning of the story it clear that the protagonist Sammy is dissatisfied with his job as a grocery clerk. He is disenchanted by the dogmatic routine of his suburban middle-class customers whom he constantly refers to as sheep. Dehumanization does not just stop with the customers as Sammy himself feels as though he is lacking individuality by the repetitive, mindless routine of his job.
Enveloped into a world of conformity the monotony of his job is disrupted with the entry of three scantily clad girls -- “Just in from the beach and still in their bathing suits, they were a stark contrast, to the otherwise plain store interior.” Sammy is especially attracted to one of the girls and labels her as Queenie. Her self-assuredness, bold