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To think most people wouldn't carry on speaking on their mobile while being served in a shop?

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angelos02 Wed 03-Jul-13 09:14:45

On Lorraine (sorry) this morning they were talking about a case in which a cashier refused to serve someone until they finished their mobile phone conversation. What kind of person would carry on speaking on their mobile while being served. I've never seen it happen but clearly it does. Manners? Anyone?

brilliantwhite Thu 04-Jul-13 19:17:09


strawberryswing Thu 04-Jul-13 20:01:12

Not the same thing but my doctor answered his phone the other day in the middle of my appointment, about his son being picked up from football! He did ask if it was okay, and I couldn't really say no but I was a bit confused

bit of common respect between two individual wouldn't go amiss. YANBU.

rottentomatoes Thu 04-Jul-13 20:11:37

The bottom line is cashiering nowadays is a robotic job. Bleep bleep...say company sales line verbatim...would you like fries with that? Do you want cash back? yawn!

There is no genuine interaction, many of the superstores have taken the 'local' out of the shop. The shop assistant doesn't know the customer and that's the problem.
The job IS robotic and impersonal.

I agree it is polite to not ignore the cashier but a smile and a nod should be enough. Both of which can be done whilst on the phone.

There is nothing urgent or vital a cashier will ever need to ask. We can read the screens for the amount and read when to retrieve our card and enter our pin number.

PralinesWithExtraCream Thu 04-Jul-13 21:11:05

It's not just cashiers in supermarkets who endure this, many shops do not have a screen you can look at and lots of shops also involve being served by someone where you have to answer certain questions when being served.

rottentomatoes Thu 04-Jul-13 22:09:55

Can you give me examples praline

PralinesWithExtraCream Thu 04-Jul-13 22:21:42

My job is a shop job, it involves me asking the customer questions about what they would like such as do you want this, do you want that, would you like me to do this etc. We do not have a till with a screen that the customer looks at, I tell them how much it is and they pay.

Lots of shops don't have screens for tills and lots of shops, especially food ones have to interact and it is hard to do so when the person is on the phone. Not every shop is a simple scan, look, pay and go.

Alot of people also look down upon shop workers and cashiers. It is a sad world sometimes.

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