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Old July 4 2013, 03:07 AM   #166
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Re: creepy encounters with cashiers

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If someone calls me as I'm about to buy something I don't stop talking. All I have to do is hand over the money or card which is not hindered by being on the phone. If the cashier misses out on asking me how my day was I'm sure they'll get over it. I'm not there to talk to the cashier, I'm there to buy something.

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I haven't heard a customer yet say "excuse me,---- but I've got to get off the phone to make this purchase." If there was an issue during the transaction( a price discrepancy, coupon issue, etc.) then I would think the customer would just tell the person on the line to hang on a sec.

I just don't get where the idea of "owing" respect or courtesy to the cashier comes from. Certainly one shouldn't go out of the way to be rude, but it's not like a customer goes to a store to chat with a cashier.
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Old July 4 2013, 03:12 AM   #167
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^^Well I had a few chatty ones in my day. You try your best to move them along, especially when there are other people waiting.
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Old July 4 2013, 03:36 AM   #168
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If someone calls me as I'm about to buy something I don't stop talking. All I have to do is hand over the money or card which is not hindered by being on the phone. If the cashier misses out on asking me how my day was I'm sure they'll get over it.
Yes, they will. But, on the other hand, they may need to ask you a business question: Do you want it all in one bag, or two? Credit or debit? Did you notice that if you buy three of these the fourth one is free?

I used to occasionally talk on the phone while I was shopping. Then I ran into a couple cashiers who seemed hesitant to interrupt my phone conversation or were confused as to when I was speaking to them and when I was speaking to the person on the phone. So I stopped.

Come to think of it, when I'm shopping with friends, we tend to stop talking when we get to the cashier. It's not just phones.
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Old July 4 2013, 07:53 AM   #169
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Isn't it considered rude/impolite to interrupt someone who is making a telephone call?
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Old July 4 2013, 08:45 AM   #170
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Usually. But in the situation we're talking about, shouldn't the cashier take precedence over the phone call?!
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Old July 4 2013, 10:20 AM   #171
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worked in a shop. people used phones while paying. i never needed their full undivided attention to scan stuff and take their money.

don't understand this fuss, probably just been jumped on by old people that like ranting about how they get no respect.
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Old July 4 2013, 10:29 AM   #172
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I just ignore customers until they get off the phone.
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Old July 4 2013, 11:28 AM   #173
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Must not be your money then
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Old July 4 2013, 11:36 AM   #174
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The job would be great if it wasn't for the f#$&ing customers.
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Old July 4 2013, 04:52 PM   #175
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I just ignore customers until they get off the phone.

you're lucky that you don't get a bunch of complaints. I'd think customers would get pissed off at being deliberately ignored by someone whose job it is to serve customers.
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Old July 4 2013, 05:06 PM   #176
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^ There is a sign at my local coffee shop that says something like: "We understand if you're on your phone. It's probably important, so we'll assist other customers until you are done."

It seems to work...
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Old July 4 2013, 05:51 PM   #177
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^ I like that.
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Old July 4 2013, 06:10 PM   #178
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I'm amused/amazed at the idea that the customer and cashier have some kind of mutual responsibility to be polite to each other.
I think people have a mutual responsibility to be polite to each other, regardless of their roles in a particular situation.
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Old July 4 2013, 06:24 PM   #179
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I'm amused/amazed at the idea that the customer and cashier have some kind of mutual responsibility to be polite to each other.
I think people have a mutual responsibility to be polite to each other, regardless of their roles in a particular situation.
Quite right.
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Old July 4 2013, 06:26 PM   #180
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^ There is a sign at my local coffee shop that says something like: "We understand if you're on your phone. It's probably important, so we'll assist other customers until you are done."

It seems to work...
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^ I like that.
As do I.
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