I’ll Just Literally Leave You To It

, , , , | Working | April 5, 2018

(I work in a big box store in the clothing department. I am also cashier trained. The fitting room attendant asks me if I would cover her lunch break at 7:30. A few minutes before 7:30, I decide to use the restroom up front before I take over for her. As I am walking up front to the restroom, I am stopped by a cashier. This cashier has a customer standing there with her items on the belt.)

Cashier: “Are you here to take over for me? It’s time for me to go home.”

Me: “No, I’m just going to the bathroom.”

Cashier: “Can you take over for me? It’s time for me to go home.”

Me: “Just enter [code that summons a manager].”

Cashier: “I don’t want to make the customer wait.”

(I’m thinking, “Then don’t make her wait; ring her up while you waiting for a manager,” but I don’t want to argue in front of the customer.)

Cashier: “Can you take over for me? Are you cashier trained?”

Me: “Yes, but—”

Cashier: “But what? It’s time for me to go home. I don’t want to make this customer wait.”

(After a while of him arguing that it is time for him to go home, and the customer not getting rung up, I eventually agree to take over for him, because I want the customer to be taken care of. After he leaves, I call over a manager, and explain to her what happened.)

Manager: “So, he just left?”

Me: “Yep.”

(While I was explaining to the manager, the customer kept apologizing. We kept assuring her that she was completely not at fault.)

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