I am here today to ask a favor of all you, my dear friends in Jland.
You see I am a newly cashier person and I have noticed a few things since starting my job that I never knew before.
Being a cashier is hard work...oh I know what you are thinking...how hard could it be standing in one place and scanning groceries across a belt...well believe it or not there is so much more to it.
First of all you must be friendly to every person who comes through your line. You must be fast and efficient. You must know the prices of a million things in the store and you must be able to take your feelings and put them aside.
I would like to ask you to do me a huge favor.
The next time you go to get groceries if you will follow some of my suggestions it will go so much more smoothly when you get to the register.
First of all, please put all your fruits and vegetables at the start of your order. That way we can keep them all together for you and it will be easier when you get home to put them away.
Also we have to type in codes for all of this produce which means memorizing numbers and codes for each one.
Don't mix different kinds of vegetables/fruits in the same little bag, it will only take longer because we must put each kind in separately and weigh them according to price.
If you decide you don't want something, take it back to shelve where you got it instead of waiting until you get to the register and handing it to the cashier saying Oh I changed my mind.
Know how much money you have and what you are spending. Others behind you will appreciate the fact that they don't have to wait for you to "find" your money.
Before you get in line, look through your coupons and make sure you have everything you wanted from your list. It takes time to send the bagger to go and get what you forgot, plus your groceries will go un bagged until he/she gets back.
These are just a few things.
Now the most important one....
When the cashier smiles at you and asks how your are please please do not be rude and grunt or worse not answer. I know you are tired after a long time of shopping, use this time to relax a bit and if you don't feel like smiling back at least don't be rude by not speaking.
Most of my customers are very very nice. But when I am having a bad day and trying so hard to be nice, it is so demeaning to have someone come through my line who is mean or demanding.
Please don't keep the line waiting while you ignore the cashier and talk on your cell phone when it is your turn!
If you want something different like paper bags or ice or anything extra it is okay to ask. We are there to help you.
Please do not think badly of me for mentioning these suggestions, it is just a few things that really get to me.
To sum up:
1. Put producefirst
2. Have payment ready and enough know around how much your order is going to be.
3. Be nice
4. Be considerate
5. Have what you need before you get in line.
6. Be patient
Now I am going to tell you something that happened to me yesterday that will blow your mind!
I had 30 dollars in my pocket when I went outside for a break. When I pulled my keys out the money came with it.
When I got back from my break I noticed the money was gone.
I was trying not to break down and cry, but to me that is a lot of money to lose.
I mentioned it to my first customer. I was very distressed about it.
Yesterday was freezing here with a cold cold wind. She went outside and looked around where I was and...
Found my money and brought it back to me.
Thank you Lord for making her such a great person. She could have kept the money and she didn't she gave it back to me.