We’ve heard the gripes from those who are currently employed as cashiers or are ex-employees:
Get off your phone while checking out.
Stop commenting on how much cheaper our competitor is.
Don’t leave your shopping cart for me to put away.
Don’t leave items you no longer want stuffed in the candy or magazine rack at the register.
Yea, customers can definitely be rude sometimes.
But then again, so can cashiers.
If you don’t know who’s next in line….ask first, don’t assume!
I am a magnet for
jerks people who are in such a hurry, they make no qualms about cutting in front of me in line. I’m not sure why this always happen to me, but people seem really comfortable just stepping right in front of me as if I don’t even exist.
Now, I’m not going to get into an altercation over a place in line…but I’ve let enough people slide to where I will NEVER allow it to happen again. Especially now that I realize that it’s a problem and not just something that’s happened once or twice.
Yesterday I was at the grocery store, standing in line with my butternut squash. It’s a self-checkout lane where there are check-outs on both sides but you line up in the middle and wait for the next available one.
As I’m waiting for my turn, a middle-aged Caucasian guy walks right up and stands next to an occupied register with his groceries. I glanced over at him and said as politely as I could “the line is over here.”
He said “what?” so I repeated myself “the line is over here.”
His response was a rude “I don’t care. I’ll stand wherever I want.”
Well excuuuuuuuse me!!! Chivalry was definitely dead to this fellow. I wasn’t going to argue with the misguided man, so I stood there waiting for the next available register…I was definitely getting the next one…when a cashier from the next lane over walked up and invited the rude man to checkout at his register.
Really? Whatever happened to “I can help the next customer in line over here?”
I wasn’t upset by it…I was glad the man was gone. But it did bother me that this kind of scenario seems to happen to me on occasion. It also wasn’t the first time a cashier allowed another customer to check out ahead of me even though I’d been standing in line longer.
Next time someone cuts me in line and is rude about it…I just might take out my phone and start recording or take a picture. It’s a shame that some folks are comfortable being so rude.
If you work as a cashier, make sure you’re always helping the next person in line and not just the first person you see or notice.
Does this ever happen to you? How do you handle such rude behavior?