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Old June 22 2013, 11:36 PM   #16
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Re: creepy encounters with cashiers

Some may think me obnoxious. I can deal with that.

A cashier's job is to be pleasant and move the customers through as quickly as possible. A server's job is to be pleasant and serve the customers as quickly as possible. Extraneous conversation slows down the process.

To members in the service industries: Be polite and don't be overly familiar. Your employer and your customers will thank you for it.
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Old June 22 2013, 11:40 PM   #17
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Were the kids on your lawn especially noisy this morning?
No.

Did I not tip you enough the last time you waited on my wife and me?


You think that implying that someone is a server is an insult? You must be real classy!

It's just that you sound very much like the broken record that's been playing for the past three thousand years or so about how horrible kids are these days.

Maybe the kids are fine, and you're just a grouch.
You don't know me, so you get a pass this time.

There has been a significant decline in politeness over the last couple of decades. If you're in the age group that falls into that, fine.

I hope you'll take the opportunity to learn from people who have been around longer than you have.

And yes, I'm a grumpy old bastard.
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Old June 22 2013, 11:44 PM   #18
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Re: creepy encounters with cashiers

^I don't need a pass. I was pointing out the cliche and inaccuracy of your point, that's all.
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Old June 22 2013, 11:47 PM   #19
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I don't think he took the courtesy to checkout your link. Kids these days.
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Old June 22 2013, 11:50 PM   #20
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^Yeah, they think they know everything!
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Old June 23 2013, 02:23 AM   #21
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Last winter, when I was still using a cane and had an infusion pump slung over my shoulder, I decided to try on a cape. The saleswoman heard me tell my friend that I usually don't like loose, floppy clothes, but sleeves were uncomfortable over my PICC line, so a cape would be perfect for a while. So she starts telling me how great I look for someone who's sick, and how many capes she's sold to women who use wheelchairs, and btw what was wrong with me anyway.
It could be much worse, my friend. My godson has CP & is in a wheelchair [well, now its a Rascal scooter thing]. At the mall or movies, people will just stare. Mostly, it is because they just don't know what to say. Often, they are surprised that he speaks so well... they look at the body and assume he's retarded [or whatever the current PC term is].

I commend your waitperson for, at least, trying to be conversational. She was probably trying to put you at ease. Whether or not it worked is your decision.
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Old June 23 2013, 03:49 AM   #22
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At my local Von's, the cashiers who recognize me say hi, the ones that don't call me "Ms. [last name]." At CVS, there's a couple of tech/cashiers who don't even have to ask my name. Scary that I have so many meds that they know me.

I don't mind a little friendliness from cashiers. I tend to chitchat.

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Old June 23 2013, 04:14 AM   #23
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all the checkers at my local heb call me sir with the exception of one who's dad i work with and know thru him, she calls me by my last name. i try to just put my stuff on the conveyer and not worry about it again. i've only been short 1 item when i got home and that was taken care of when i called the store back. i guess that is the difference between professionalism and rank amateur.
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Old June 23 2013, 04:43 AM   #24
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On top of that, the wait staff will invariably interrupt conversation at the table. [...] The polite thing to do is to stand quietly and wait for a break.
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A server's job is to be pleasant and serve the customers as quickly as possible.
Stand quietly and wait to be deigned with a gap in the conversation, and do your job as quickly as possible!
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Old June 23 2013, 05:22 AM   #25
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My Von's card is linked to an old roommate's name, so they have a woman's name on there, and they have a company policy to address me by that name, so they just throw a mister in front of the last name and hope I don't get mad. It's kind of funny. I never correct them or comment on it, which I assume is in line with what they prefer. Sometimes they might realize their mistake if they have to check my ID.

It's pretty obvious when a cashier just wants people to go away as fast as possible, so be prompt with what you want, prompt with your payment, say "please" and "thank you" without going over the top with it and you'll get out ok.

If you want to brighten their day, the best opportunity is when the customer in front of you is obnoxious and/or stupid. Go up and say "What's with that guy?" and then mock whatever it was they were doing. If you hate on the same customers they hate, the enemy of their enemy is their friend.
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Old June 23 2013, 05:46 AM   #26
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Most people just address me as "sir". If there are any companies with a policy to address their customers by name, I've never heard it. Of course, that's probably because my last is extremely difficult to figure out how to pronounce, and my first name that's on any card is one that most people don't go by today, not even myself. (I go by that name over on the left, if you're curious. )
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Old June 23 2013, 05:51 AM   #27
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Cashiers have a habit of telling me how shitty their day is going. I have no idea why. I usually ask how they're doing, just to be polite, and the usual response is, "I can't wait to go home."

Um...neat.
If you don't want to know, don't ask! I can imagine that most cashiers will be having, at best, mundane days on the job and that their personal life is more interesting. So, you've got to expect the can't wait to get home bit!

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Old June 23 2013, 06:00 AM   #28
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Were the kids on your lawn especially noisy this morning?
No.

Did I not tip you enough the last time you waited on my wife and me?


You think that implying that someone is a server is an insult? You must be real classy!

It's just that you sound very much like the broken record that's been playing for the past three thousand years or so about how horrible kids are these days.

Maybe the kids are fine, and you're just a grouch.
Ah, TSQ, this is why I love you so much!! Absolutely perfect!

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Old June 23 2013, 06:01 AM   #29
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No.

Did I not tip you enough the last time you waited on my wife and me?


You think that implying that someone is a server is an insult? You must be real classy!

It's just that you sound very much like the broken record that's been playing for the past three thousand years or so about how horrible kids are these days.

Maybe the kids are fine, and you're just a grouch.
You don't know me, so you get a pass this time.

There has been a significant decline in politeness over the last couple of decades. If you're in the age group that falls into that, fine.

I hope you'll take the opportunity to learn from people who have been around longer than you have.

And yes, I'm a grumpy old bastard.
This is so hilarious to read form someone with a KISS avatar.

IS THIS THE FATE OF US ALL?!

Fuck it, I used to be a huge Plasmatics fan, let the young do what they like. I certainly did.
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Old June 23 2013, 07:10 AM   #30
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I was a cashier many, many years ago. Mainly, I found it to be a tedious job. I always enjoyed chatted with the customers because it helped pass the time. I wasn't required to chat with them, I just enjoyed it. However, I could always tell whether they wanted to chat or not, and respect their wishes.

As a customer, I also like to chat, but again, I respect the cashier.

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