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20 Things That Sucked About Being a Walmart Cashier

Published by lookatmenow in Humor
June 14th, 2010

Wal-mart is a huge company and at one point, I was a tiny part of it. It was interesting to learn about it, but the job itself was not one I would tell someone to apply for.

1. I  think this is pretty obvious, but the endless lines.  Man, how endless they are.  Trying to go on break is part of the work you do.

2.  When something doesn’t have a barcode, it’s a mission to find the price.

3.  So many don’t understand they can just leave their stuff on the conveyor belt and it stops when it something gets to the end.

4.  Do all the CSM’s (supervisors) hang out in some room where they can’t hear desperate cashiers calling them in need of a void or price override.

5.  If you have a register near the entrance, you have to be a greeter when they go on break.  Longest 30 minutes ever!  How do these greeters do this?

6.  No, you can’t make returns here, you have to go to customer service.

7.  There are price check stations all over the store!

8.  Hello! becomes the most over used word of life.

9.  I feel like a kindergarten teacher settling disputes on people “budding”.

10.  I’m sorry, I honestly can’t do anything right now, the computer is frozen.

11.  The training process is RIDICULOUSLY long consisting of many hours at an ancient computer listening to someone reading through the dialogue on screen at snail pace and getting tested on things like the code for bomb threats.  And if you fail, you must do the WHOLE thing again…no skipping the dialogue.

12.  People assume that you know everything about the store.   Where everything is and their price.  No, I don’t because there was no actual training on the actual store itself.  Just general corporate guidelines and visions.

13.  You can’t leave your carts behind the cash!

14.  Price check calls are so annoying to make.

15.  So many coupon codes…

16.  I wish I had an invisible cloak whenever I would walk in the store to go to the break room, or finish my shift.

17.  OMG, if you didn’t want it, why did you bring it to the register?!

18.  The sight of the return cart (or carts) filling up during your shift creates this lingering horrible feeling of having to sort through all those things and put them back.

19.  If there is no one at my register, why would I have to stand at the cash front and welcome people to pay.

20.  Boxing Day.

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  1. Posted June 17, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Been there, done that- NEVER AGAIN!!! You should check out my story called The Life of a Cashier. Bet it will inspire you to write another story on how people cashiers. We are dirt in their eyes but somehow are expected to know everything.

  2. sirbenson
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Apart form the greeter part, how is this different than being a cashier anywhere else? Why do people insist on calling the register the “cash”? i.e. #13, #19…. Also, your grammar needs work.

  3. Andrew
    Posted September 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    When I was a cashier we just called them tills. I think.

  4. Posted December 1, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    sirbenson- the reference to “cash” is the station. The company I currently work for calls it a cash wrap- meaning… who knows.

  5. Winter
    Posted December 3, 2010 at 9:10 am

    LOL! too true, just started working there and the endless CBL’s are enough to drive anyone crazy :)

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