Ok, Im gonna go ahead and rant about this, since Im reading an interesting thread on the Etsy forums.
Seeing that lots of cashiers are annoyed with people coming up to the register on their cell phone. Im NOT one of those people who can be found at any given moment to have a cell phone attached to the side of their head, I actually hate talking on the phone, but I do have to take calls sometimes. Really though, what difference does it make to you if Im on my phone? I dont talk loudly, and Im not ignoring you when you say something to me. I will still say "Hi" "Good, how are you?" and "Thank you" just as I always would. Beyond that, what do you want from me?? I came to the store to pick up some things, not talk to you. I can understand not being on a phone in a restaurant or the library, but its the grocery store...people come in in their pajamas and for heavens sake!
In defense of customers who write checks, and have difficulty with the card swipe machine:
STOP BEING JUDGEMENTAL. Seriously.
My mom is not an idiot. She has a masters degree, thank you very much. Do not treat her like an idiot just because she's writing a check instead of using a card. She's been a kindergarten teacher for 30 something years. So after a really LONG day of teaching your bad, less than genius kids, she's forgotten her debit card at home, has already made it to the register before realizing it, and doesnt want to leave her stuff, go back home to get the card, and come back and have to shop all over again. Dont roll your eyes at her.
As far as her difficulty with the card machine. She's frickin 56! Not really old, but old enough to have to whip out the ol' glasses to read stuff. She knows how to work the machine, she just cant see to do it. Sometimes shes there realizing she cant find her glasses in the receipt cluttered abyss that is her purse, so she tries to wing it without. I, for one, can attest to the fact that glasses just get left places, they are never where you think they are or need them to be. Many times I have looked for mine, and theyve been on top of my head, lol.
AND since every freakin card machine is different than the next one, theres been plenty of times Ive pushed the wrong button, just because theyve switched them up and Im doing it out of habit. My bad. Sorry. But that doesnt make me stupid, just slightly oblivious, okie dokie? And yes, Ive pushed enter instead of "yes." Why? ...Hoping it would work. You know why...because it REALLY REALLY IRKS ME to have to key in 1/2 of the transaction on a key pad, then the other half with that stupid pen thing on the screen! Why?! Pick one!
For chicks that work in hardware type stores:
Dont you hate when people treat you different just because youre a girl? Like when youre trying to help a customer and they ask if there is a man around they can talk to because they assume since youre a chick that you dont know what youre talking about. Dont you hate that? Well you know what I hate, oh hardware/home improvement store chick?? As Im gathering a pile of 2x4's, MDF, various screws, and new saw blades, why oh WHY hardware girl, do you feel the need to say, "Where is your husband? Why didnt you bring a man to help you with that??" Really. Really? Youre serious? Hey. Look. Just because Im 4'11" and 105 lbs, and not some big butch, does NOT mean I cant handle six 2x4's and a sheet of MDF on my own, k thanks. Does it look like Im struggling? No? Ok, the dont freak out and come running to my 'rescue' with a cart, I find it much easier to just carry the stuff. Who comes up with this stuff anyway.
(*and dudes, that goes for you too. its really annoying, pisses me off, and makes me want to hit you with said 2x4, k thanks.)