I'm a lurker and decided to make a post about my first day as a cashier on my own register at a nationwide store.
It was the day before Black Friday. What manager puts a new cashier on a register for the first time ON THE DAY BEFORE BLACK FRIDAY?!
So apparently a fight broke out on the sales floor resulting in people getting their products in their carts about an hour early. They couldn't check out since either it will ring up full price or not at all.
Sales started officially at 6. That was also when my 12 hour shift was done (thankfully). So as you can imagine the floor is packed. There are people getting trampled for "must haves". Some people are getting in my line for the sales at about 5.
I'm sitting there looking at the people who are asking me why certain things won't ring up (small ticket items like towels and stuff) so I call my manager over. She tells me and them that they are sale items and won't show up in the system until 6 or 8. Everything should be solved right? NOPE.
I have a line 8 customers deep that start screaming at me that they need to be checked out this instant and I should know the prices because I work there. Sorry no. I work as a cashier. Not on the floor. I don't have time to memorize the codes for produce let alone prices for obscure items. At 5:45 the lines stretch around the store and every cashier is getting yelled at. Thankfully my replacement got to my register before six to let me off 15 minutes before crazy starts.
I sign off and am ready to high tail it to the back to clock out. The lady at the front of my line demands to know where I'm going and I tell her my shift is over. She wines about how I didn't help her and ignored her the entire time. I told her it wasn't my fault she was able to get her stuff an hour early.
Bad thing to say. Don't ever say that to a customer. I got punched in the face resulting in a black eye. Needless to say she didn't get her items and wound up in police custody.
Bonus: I got an extra 15 minutes of time and a half pay that day.