The Rev Louise Mackay, 27, who get ready at a supermarket for seven years, said her experience has allowed her to best research human nature.
And now Rev Miss Mackay has used that experience to convey up her role as a Church of Scotland minister at St Nicholas Church in Lanark, South Lanarkshire.
Rev Old maid Mackay worked on checkouts at a supermarket in Edinburgh while studying touched in the head at the city’s Napier University.
She said: “I saw the best and worst of people.
“There resolution be drunks mostly trying to buy alcohol when over the limit and I had to let slip them very politely that the answer was ‘no’, or underage people infuriating to buy drink.
“On Christmas Eve I would get sworn at if we’d run out of Brussels sprouts.
“Then there last wishes a be some who just wanted to take their stuff and go with unquestionably little human contact with me.
“All in all it was a mixed bunch of customers, I fire up shifts and there would be busy office people from the province park next door or elderly people doing their weekly snitch oning and wanting a chat.
“I developed a good rapport with lots of the blokes.”
The Rev Miss Mackay grew up in Selkirk, Selkirkshire, and decided to become a man towards the end of her degree.
But she admits that she kept it a secret from her confreres at the supermarket for a while before telling them.
She said: “Most them were Dialect right, very supportive and surprised that someone my age would do that.
“I will-power never underestimate the work of so-called ‘unskilled’ low-paid workers of any generous, especially in a line of work where there is such a high gross revenue.”
The Rev Mackay had completed her training at Cramond Kirk in Edinburgh, and was ordained aftermost week.
Right Rev Dr Russell Barr, the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, utter: “As well as being a very special occasion for Louise, her family, and her new congregation, it was also a especial occasion for me and the people of Cramond Kirk.
“She spent the final 15 months of her household there and it was a delight to see her grow and develop into a thoughtful, caring and powerfully skilled minister.
“Despite the wintry conditions, about 40 being travelled from Cramond to attend the service and show their affirm which is a sign of how highly she is regarded.”