Checkout: A Life on the Tills

Checkout: A Life on the Tills

Anna Sam

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 190604029X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Checkout: A Life on the Tills

Anna Sam

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 190604029X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Can you scan 800 barcodes an hour? Can you smile and say 'thanks' 500 times a day? Do you never need to go to the toilet? Then working at a supermarket checkout could be just the job for you. Anna Sam spent 8 years as a checkout girl. Checkout - A Life on the Tills is a witty look at what it's really like to work in a supermarket: the relentless grind and less-than-perfect working conditions, along with people-watching and encounters with every kind of customer from the bizarre to the downright rude. Sam's story has won her fans all over Europe, turning Checkout - A Life on the Tills into a huge international bestseller, published in 10 languages.

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1 minute before opening: The couple are dripping wet. ‘It’s always the same at this shop, they always open late!’ Opening time: ‘Good morning and welcome to …’ The noise of the security grating rising prevents the end of the welcome message being heard. The couple: ‘Ah, at last!’ And the grating rises and rises … slowly, too slowly. They slip underneath. The security guard indicates that they should wait. ‘You’re late, we’ve got other things to do, you know!’ they say, angry. Opening time

1 minute before opening: The couple are dripping wet. ‘It’s always the same at this shop, they always open late!’ Opening time: ‘Good morning and welcome to …’ The noise of the security grating rising prevents the end of the welcome message being heard. The couple: ‘Ah, at last!’ And the grating rises and rises … slowly, too slowly. They slip underneath. The security guard indicates that they should wait. ‘You’re late, we’ve got other things to do, you know!’ they say, angry. Opening time

rubbing my fingers together. I still can’t identify what it is. I stretch it, it’s elastic and remains stuck to my finger. Then I get it – it’s a nose bogey! Yes, how nice of the customer to give his checkout girl such a gift. Would you like a packet of tissues with your crisps? I had a lot of trouble getting rid of it. It was really very sticky. DRUNK CUSTOMERS Drunk customers will never fail to astonish you. They are never short of ideas or ridiculous arguments. You will find them quite

girl privately thinks the waiting customer is right to be aggrieved. DEVIOUS CUSTOMER I queued too, you know, like everyone else! Tactic 2 The devious customer runs up with her trolley and starts to empty it on to the conveyor belt. CHECKOUT GIRL Hello! But the devious customer has already disappeared, leaving her trolley still half full. The checkout girl tells herself that she’ll be back in a minute and starts scanning the items on the conveyor belt. Another customer arrives.

kid yourself – it won’t make you a millionaire). It’s just an ingenious way to encourage customers to come back to a particular store instead of going to their competitors. Yes, you can win a cuddly toy with 3,000 points (1 point for every pound spent in store), a darts board with 5,000 points, a plastic fruit-bowl with 10,000 points, a trip to Eurodisney in the raffle, a portable DVD player (that breaks after a week) with 90,000 points and �25 or a gift voucher worth �5 which is only valid for

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