Family Dollar president becomes an 'Undercover Boss'

An executive at one of the state’s biggest retail companies recently got a taste of the working stiff’s life: Family Dollar president Mike Bloom will appear on the CBS show “Undercover Boss” on Friday night.

The reality show takes high-level executives and disguises them so they can mingle with ordinary employees at their company and see what it’s like.

“Bloom faces his fear of heights when learning to operate a forklift that takes him 35 feet into the air, nearly blows his rock ‘n’ roll disguise when one employee invites him to a jam session and more,” the Matthews-based discount company said in its description of the episode.

The episode is set to air Friday at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Charlotte Observer staff writer Ely Portillo