I try my best to avoid rush periods when it comes to shopping. Working 7pm -4am helps, in that I
can hit Wal-Mart after work. The night cashiers are great and you can have interesting conversations.
It cannot be easy being a cashier. Periods of nothing happening, then stressful rush periods with long
lines. The bar-codes aren’t read by the computer, the bagger has an attiude (or if you are the bagger, the
cashier has an attiude, or the customer has an attitude,) and then it’s been a long shift and you need to
go to the bathroom, etc., etc., etc.. It can be a thankless job. And yes, some cashiers need the monitor
to tell how much change must be given back, but that is part of the failure of the school systems, the management
that hires someone who can’t do math, and the person themself for not learning basic math. But that’s what we
have for now.
If you go regularly to the same place at the same time, you can make friends with the people helping you purchase
the things you need to live your life to the quality you are accustomed to. I have found most to be more friendly
to their customers than their customers are to them. And if you are nice, sometimes they can give good advice
on what to buy or not to buy.
It does seem we can continue to discover good things from stressful situations if we try.