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Old 09-29-2009, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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Today I had a rather eye opening experience of working a very short time as a grocery store cashier. I normally am a pharmacy technician,but, in order to make some more money I thought I would work out in the front store....huge mistake I could tell that there is just not a level of respect that I get when I am behind the pharmacy counter and it was a sobering experience I frequently hear the comment "oh some minimum wage clerk" and I guess I could have been lumped into that category. I will not be working anymore as a grocery store cashier anymore...done Thank god I have that option because I realize many don't and they are good people
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:25 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Yes, but only because I'm taller than most of them.
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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Yes, but only because I'm taller than most of them.

Well I guess I didn't mean literally
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:41 PM
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Location: the west side of "paradise"
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Today I had a rather eye opening experience of working a very short time as a grocery store cashier. I normally am a pharmacy technician,but, in order to make some more money I thought I would work out in the front store....huge mistake I could tell that there is just not a level of respect that I get when I am behind the pharmacy counter and it was a sobering experience I frequently hear the comment "oh some minimum wage clerk" and I guess I could have been lumped into that category. I will not be working anymore as a grocery store cashier anymore...done Thank god I have that option because I realize many don't and they are good people
Aptor hours, I'm sorry for your bad experience. Don't let one ignorant person ruin your experience in either position. Cashiers are sometimes the only contact most people have in any retail environment. They get the flack for anyone disgrutaled in any respect.They are bound to hear the worst of the worst, and more than anyone else.
You'll get 10 bad comments, either personally, or overheard. But when you hear that one good one, that one will reward you for the rest.
Thick skin and stiff upper lip will serve you well.
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:44 PM
 
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Never. I have too much respect for anyone who works hard for their money. I wonder about people who act like they are better than others, what is with that anyway?!
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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Aptor hours, I'm sorry for your bad experience. Don't let one ignorant person ruin your experience in either position. Cashiers are sometimes the only contact most people have in any retail environment. They get the flack for anyone disgrutaled in any respect.They are bound to hear the worst of the worst, and more than anyone else.
You'll get 10 bad comments, either personally, or overheard. But when you hear that one good one, that one will reward you for the rest.
Thick skin and stiff upper lip will serve you well.

Thanks! It wasn't just one person though...I could tell it was a whole different ball game for customers. Not for everybody by any means at all. Thankfully I got a job offer at my full salary so I am very lucky that I don't need to be a grocery store cashier since I have education and experience to do something else. This just really opened my eyes to what some of my co workers have to do and they don't have a choice like I do and it makes me a little bit sad
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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Our best banter is with grocery cashiers...at our local groceries and the Walmart we frequent. We find most of them congenial, good natured and have a sense of humor. So, no, we don't look down at them at all...long hours on their feet, repetitive work for very little pay. Sympathy and empathy is what we feel for them.
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Old 09-29-2009, 07:00 PM
 
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I must tell you a story about some checkers at a store by my house, there is an old man, who has no family, he comes to the store a couple of times a week, to pick up his medicine and talks to the checkers. Well, he was missing for a week, so they called around to find out where he was, and found out he was at the hospital. They went and visited him, on their own time. And when he got home, the checkers would go visit him, and bring him his groceries. That is so awesome. I was humbled by the charity/caring/volunteer by these workers who cared for this elderly man. Anyone who would look down on anyone like that is messed up.
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Old 09-29-2009, 07:16 PM
 
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I love the checkers at my local grocery! They are wonderful people, always with a smile. I have a few that I purposely choose their lanes when possible because they brighten my day. I don't look down on anyone who does a good job, regardless of what they do for a living.
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Old 09-29-2009, 07:37 PM
 
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I hate people who are nasty to cashiers and floor people in stores. The worst is when the cashier scans an item and for whatever reason it doesn't ring up at the sale price and the customer goes off on them as if the poor cashier is personally trying to rip them off.

I've seen people stand there making faces and whatnot at an obvious trainee who is working with a manager on ringing things up properly. Everyone was new at their job at one time, why be nasty? This person will be doing just fine after they get the hang of things.

The impatience level or downright nastiness to service workers is just a shame.
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