Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

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Byline: Charlotte Balcomb Lane Journal Staff Writer

Smith's shoppers say retiring clerk made them feel welcome

Most people don't know the name of the person who checks out their groceries, much less feel inclined to reach behind the cash register to give the person a bear hug.

But Wednesday afternoon, dozens of people came by the Smith's Food & Drug Center at 3701 Constitution NE to hug an unconventional checker called "Cosmos."

After 14 years at the store and countless conversations with customers Zane "Cosmos" Dohner is retiring. His wife, Virginia, died 12 years ago and he said he plans to use his time to rest and go bird watching, bicycling and fishing. …

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