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Anyone ever worked as a cashier before?


How was it?
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I'm interviewing for a cashier position soon enough and am extremely nervous, have never been a cashier before and I'm paranoid about the constant face to face interaction and messing up people's change.
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I'm one now. Its tough at a grocery store, took forever to get the produce codes right. Um yeah lots of people. Its not too bad once you get the hang of things, I'm always messing up though do to my anxiety. Still there though so.

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Briefly when I worked at a pawn shop, it's not as hard I thought it was going to be, but then again I didn't go through a wave of customers

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Yes. For several years. It's probably the worst thing you can do for a living if you have SA. There will inevitably be problems and contrary to popular opinion, just exposing yourself to the harshest abuse you can think of when you know you have SA issues most likely will not help at all. It will more than likely leave you even more SA and cynical and withdrawn when it's all said and done.
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Yes. For several years. It's probably the worst thing you can do for a living if you have SA. There will inevitably be problems and contrary to popular opinion, just exposing yourself to the harshest abuse you can think of when you know you have SA issues most likely will not help at all. It will more than likely leave you even more SA and cynical and withdrawn when it's all said and done.
Where were you a cashier? This will be a parking garage gig not a store gig
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I was one when I was 16 at piggy wiggly (the pig) it was horrible. I messed people's money up a few times. And around 19 I worked at subway. It wasn't as bad cause I took my time and tried to calm myself and be more aware. I didn't mess anyone's money up, gladly. It was still horrible though lol and if in anytime in the near future I lose my job now I will not seek out to be a cashier. Never. Or waitress.
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Where were you a cashier? This will be a parking garage gig not a store gig
McDonald's.

I have no idea what the parking garage thing will be like but you will still be dealing with the public and will have absolutely no control over what types of people you'll run into. It's a very unpredictable job. If people can find a way to make your life hell, they'll do it.
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I was working thankfully in our family business as cashier in our store and it was a horrific experience.
Due to my social anxiety and generalized anxiety I was making mistakes with money all the time, I was so anxious that I couldn't even do simple math calculations like 20-7 = ??, people were complaining about giving the wrong change, and my self esteem was completely destroyed. I can't even imagine working for a stranger as cashier.
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I was one when I was 16 at piggy wiggly (the pig) it was horrible. I messed people's money up a few times. And around 19 I worked at subway. It wasn't as bad cause I took my time and tried to calm myself and be more aware. I didn't mess anyone's money up, gladly. It was still horrible though lol and if in anytime in the near future I lose my job now I will not seek out to be a cashier. Never. Or waitress.
I was a server once. Never. Again. When looking for job to apply for I just automatically skip over anything restaurant related. Eff that.
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I was one when I was 16 at piggy wiggly (the pig) it was horrible. I messed people's money up a few times. And around 19 I worked at subway. It wasn't as bad cause I took my time and tried to calm myself and be more aware. I didn't mess anyone's money up, gladly. It was still horrible though lol and if in anytime in the near future I lose my job now I will not seek out to be a cashier. Never. Or waitress.
I was a server once. Never. Again. When looking for job to apply for I just automatically skip over anything restaurant related. Eff that.
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[QUOTE=Patch;1089018681]I was one when I was 16 at piggy wiggly (the pig)

Piggly Wiggly! I didn't know that still existed.
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I was one when I was 16 at piggy wiggly (the pig) it was horrible. I messed people's money up a few times. And around 19 I worked at subway. It wasn't as bad cause I took my time and tried to calm myself and be more aware. I didn't mess anyone's money up, gladly. It was still horrible though lol and if in anytime in the near future I lose my job now I will not seek out to be a cashier. Never. Or waitress.
I was a server once. Never. Again. When looking for job to apply for I just automatically skip over anything restaurant related. Eff that.
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I was one when I was 16 at piggy wiggly (the pig)

Piggly Wiggly! I didn't know that still existed.
I guess it depends on where you live. It recently shut down though so now we only have one grocery store lol
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McDonald's.

I have no idea what the parking garage thing will be like but you will still be dealing with the public and will have absolutely no control over what types of people you'll run into. It's a very unpredictable job. If people can find a way to make your life hell, they'll do it.
Yeah but my parents are on my azz about finding a new job. Hopefully I can get this position and if it makes me uncomfortable monkey branch to another place thats more SA friendly. Janitorial jobs are easily the most SA friendly positions imo if we're just talking entry level work.
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I guess it depends on where you live. It recently shut down though so now we only have one grocery store lol
Used to be several where I lived but haven't seen one in decades.
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I cashiered at a friend's restaurant for a few months (among other things... I also waitressed, bussed tables, answered phones, cleaned, did dishes, and performed occasional light food prep.) It wasn't the worst thing in the world, but I'm definitely not interested in doing it again if I can help it. It was very stressful, especially during rushes, and I am dyscalculic as it is. But I managed, and most people were pretty reasonable and understanding.

I know there's been some shade thrown on this particular perspective already (lol), but I really do think it gets easier the more you do it. Maybe it won't ever be an effortless piece of cake, but it becomes slightly less daunting the more acquainted you are with your situation, general clientele, and all the social scripts that generally go with your day to day routines. Once you know what to expect, it's generally a little simpler to navigate everything and even self correct when things don't quite go to plan. You have a baseline to work from.
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Yes, I took a job as a cashier at a big chain craft store out west when I really was desperate for a job. Newly divorced. I don't know now how I held onto the money with sweaty palms.

First try to get some help after hours from your new boss. You might explain ahead of your first day at work to them just that you are nervous and would they give you some training before. Usually your employer will have one other employee standing right with you to help you. Most registers now make change for you,(it tells you what to give the customer). Counting back change correctly is not always required these days from what I have seen. If you do learn to count back the exact change, it always impresses people!! I learned to do that and at first it terrified me.

Remember, you will learn and you will get past the anxiety of this thing. Looking back you will laugh at you first few days, weeks. Then you will be called upon to teach someone else.

Deep breathing helps. Smile, tell the customer that you are new at this. Most customers are very understanding I found.

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I was one for two years at a Walmart and it was miserable to say the least. I honestly don't know how I lasted that long. There weren't many times where I messed up people's change but I dealt with plenty of rude customers. If you make one little mistake people demonize you for it as if you did it on purpose. I unintentionally pissed people off just with my awkward and bad social skills. As a quiet introvert with SA it is an exhausting job even without all of the bad experiences from customers. I really don't think it would have been as bad if I worked as a cashier at a smaller store like K mart or Albertsons where you're not dealing with a customer almost every second of the day.
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I'm one now. Its tough at a grocery store, took forever to get the produce codes right. Um yeah lots of people. Its not too bad once you get the hang of things, I'm always messing up though do to my anxiety. Still there though so.
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