Personal Rambles

I got a part-time job as a cashier to tide over my funds until I get a job in my actual field which is proving to be more difficult than I ever thought.

So when I first saw cashier wanted I thought ‘oh that’ll be easy. Just scan things and press a few buttons. Simple.’ WRONG! I was so wrong. I work in a store that functions as groceries, LCBO, sells cigarettes ,and works as a lottery retailer. So there is a lot more going on than maybe a typical grocery store. But still, I have so much respect for anybody that lasts more than a month at this gig. Especially if they are doing school on top of a part-time job. Or part-time job on top of school I guess.

Cashiers not only have to put up with grumpy people, sarcastic people, and rather strange backhand compliments but they have to memorize produce codes. They have to keep talking, they have to know what different types of produce are. Which is a lot harder than I initially expected. So please people, if you’re getting a bag of produce try to make sure at least one of the items has a produce sticker on it.

Also cigarettes for a non-smoker are the most difficult things to understand. You can rattle off the full title, but unless you say ‘the red one’ I’m not going to know what you’re talking about.

The other day one man told me to get my eyes checked because as I was getting his cigarettes – my back was turned to him – he placed the money down on the belt. Not near where he was standing, not on the little stand next the the debit machine. No he placed it on the potentially moving belt. And expected me to notice it as soon as I turned around. No, my peripheral vision is fine thank you but it does typically cut out things that I initially find unnecessary to the picture.  Such as items on the belt.

I know there is an item there but I assume its the next customers gum packet.

Needless to say I have a lot of respect for cashiers now, and I will continually try to make there job easier.I will bag my own bags if I have time, or get a friend to do it. I will make sure to announce what card I’m going to use so they don’t have to guess what credit card I might use. I will be polite at all times, I will tell them its okay to breathe if they need it.

Because honestly this is probably one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had, so you can take five seconds to bag your own bag while I scan. Thank you very much.

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2 thoughts on “Personal Rambles”

  1. Working the other side of the register can really alter perspectives. Don’t let the difficult customers jade you towards all the customers though. And know that even the most difficult customers have their own demons to work through, and if we don’t do our part to make their day a little bit better, their darkness will only grow further.

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