Whose job is it?

Today, I’m reblogging my partner GC’s response to our Weekly Prompts weekend challengeLEAP’

Do cashiers have a right to sit on the job?

As I write this, my comment on Gerry’s article is waiting to be published.

Gerry’s article features an interesting video, and not for the first time it highlights the differences between our countries. The norm for North America is the opposite for the UK.

In Canada and America the Supermarket Checkout assistants do not sit down, they stand up to scan the groceries and they also pack the bags while the customer stands, waits and watches.

Over here, the assistant sits down, s/he scans the shopping and the customer packs their own bags, though we are usually asked if we need assistance with our packing.

For me speed is of the essence, packing my own bags while the assistant scans the groceries is a more efficient use of my time, I don’t want to hang around watching someone else do it. Imagine the length of the queues if you have a trolley load.

Read Gerry’s article and tell him what happens at the supermarkets in your country.


“My very first job was a cashier at Burger King in Tucson, Arizona. And I occasionally worked the drive-thru. Id go wherever I was needed! My second job was at Dairy Queen. I stayed in the fast food royalty.”  – Kate Walsh

This Saturday’s weekend challenge word on partner Susan and my site was LEAP.

With that word in mind let’s not LEAP to conclusions about Safeway cashiers in California who have won the right to site down at their till and cashier out customers.

One cashier in Edmonton recently injured her leg and wished that she could be able to sit down on the job to serve customers. Another nearby teller said that she believed that cashiers in Britain are able to sit at their checkout stations. I refer this “fact” to my partner Susan to clarify.

The cashier with the injured leg told me she needs to…

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16 thoughts on “Whose job is it?

  1. Murphy's Law

    If a job can be done either standing or sitting, the employee should absolutely have the right to choose. In fact, I believe all cashiers should have stools at their registers . That way they can sit or stand as they wish during their shift.

    As far as packing goes, I prefer to pack my own groceries. I pack them lighter than they otherwise would be, even after making that request, and once I get the bags (reusable!) home, I know where everything is!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Oh, I do so agree, give the ‘workers’ the choice. I prefer to pack my own too, no one packs in the order I like, it’s like stacking a dishwasher, no one does it the way I prefer, and yes, they over-laden the bags. I just like to be in control! Thank you, Ginger 🙂


  2. Ours all seem to stand.
    But I don’t have a problem with them sitting down. I imagine it’s difficult to be on their feet all day. If their feet hurt, it might make them unhappy campers. 😉 😀
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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    1. I think Ginger has the best idea because in fairness, surely a better way to treat employees is to provide seats and let the staff choose.

      I never noticed these differences before. I think we tend to accept without much thought that what we are used to is the best way of doing things until someone suggests an alternative.
      Thank you, Carolyn 🙂

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  3. gc

    Thank you for reposting my article. Much appreciated. Today I visited the same market and wanted to speak to the cashier with the badly bruised leg. She was not there and one of her associate cashiers was at a till. She told me she had not seen her co worker.

    I told this checkout clerk about the Safeway decision in the state of California and asked her to mention it to her friend. Sitting own on the job for this employee might ruffle some feathers here but so be it. 🙂

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    1. It was an interesting article, Gerry. We are alike but yet we are different.
      If you read the comments on here you will know that my stance leans toward employee choice and welfare. 🙂


  4. I was a bit of an advocate for stand-up desks a few years ago. I read an article somewhere that said our bodies are designed to stand most of the day. It said sitting down for 7-8 hours a day could case serious back and leg pain in later life. Parking Services did get a stand-up desk to test, but as I was the only one who wanted one, it was deemed too expensive.

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    1. When teaching IT I stood up for most of my day, but never in one spot, I moved around. Standing in one spot is bad for the circulation. Thank you Tony 🙂


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