I work in the produce section of a grocery store and I experienced something today I have to share.
So part of my job of being a produce associate is just stocking fruits and vegetables. One of our biggest sellers are bananas so we not only have a big display in the produce section, we also have two displays by the registers.
I was stocking one of the banana racks by the registers and it is not in a very good spot. I either have to block a checkout line on either side of the rack or take up space in the main walking aisle. Well fortunately one of the checkout lines was closed and I gratefully put my cart full of banana boxes next to the rack and filled the rack of bananas without inconveniencing anyone. Or so I thought.
After 2 or 3 minutes tops, I turn around to a flustered looking customer. She makes eye contact with me and says
Her: Uh are you not in line?
I was very perplexed by this.
Me: Ma'am I work here. I was stocking--
Her: I know you work here but you're in a line for checkout! I've been waiting in line behind you for 10 minutes!
Me: This register isn't even open. The ones on the other side are though.
Her: This is ridiculous!
She then carted her stuff away leaving me very confused. One of the cashier managers thankfully saw and heard the whole thing, because I found myself being coached by the manager later. (You must be mindful where you're standing so you don't block customers.) After I told the manager what actually happened, and with the full confidence of having security cameras and a witness to prove it, I didn't get written up or fired.
So now I can continue my thankless retail job until I finish school. Yay.