So, today was a strange retail day.
I am a manager for a big box retailer starting my shift at 12pm.
I went to my supervisor and asked what she would like to have done for the day. Her first mission for me was to clear off 16 feet of feature space... Yuck!
I headed over to begin my daunting task of moving everything; walked 10 steps and was stopped.
"We had 3 cashiers call in, could you lend a hand?" [internal sigh ensues]
I tell the lady, "Ask my supervisor"
Supervisor says to help out FOR THREE HOURS. I hate cashiering. The rude people, the crying children, the ICC reader that makes zero sense to anyone above the age of 30 (No... just leave it in... we'll try again) It was a busy day. I never stopped ringing up those three hours and all of this happened:
Customer comes in buying a fair amount of stuff. As I am ringing her out she spots an elderly lady with a huge cartload. She proceeds to load ALL of her items up right as I finish ringing her up. So sweet.
A young couple comes to my checkout. They asked me to hand scan their heavy stuff with the hand scanner rather than them heaving it on the belt, thanks! Then one of their chicken bags leaked everywhere. I cleaned it up and they thanked me a ton of times.
A few kids came to spend their allowance, although they spent $5 in change, it was all quarters so no need for change in the till and easy to count. Well mannered kids. Please and thank yous abound.
A mother and her son came through. The little boy asked if the number on my register was 7. He was so excited when I told him he was right. We talked about how exciting the new school year will be. He hugged me tight and said, "Thank you number 7!" I told him I can't wait to hear how school was going. His mother was beaming.
I never heard one screaming baby the whole 3 hours, but one baby at a different register was smiling cooing and making faces with me. So adorable!
Another mom comes through. In the "impulse section" where the candy is kept there was little $5 princess dolls. As I scanned mom out they played with them. As mom finished paying there was a little groaning from the girls that they didn't get anything. Mom said "maybe next time." She told the girls to put the princesses, now all over the floor, away. Without argument they were put away... wait for it.... IN THE RIGHT PLACES!
Every customer was courteous and decent. The one picky lady made her needs known in a respectful, non condescending way.
To top it off I finished clearing my 16 foot section, got a bunch of micro tasks done and got 3 pallets of freight cleared out of the back room.