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Life Lessons I’ve Learned In The 18 Months I’ve Been A Cashier

Life Lessons I've Learned In The 18 Months I've Been A Cashier

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Life Lessons I’ve Learned In The 18 Months I’ve Been A Cashier


I’ve been a cashier at a grocery store for the past 18 months. During that time, I’ve learned a lot about myself and the world around me. Here are some of my favorite lessons from Life Lessons I’ve Learned In The 18 Months I’ve Been A Cashier:

You’ll get racially profiled.

You’ll get racially profiled.

I’m sure you’ve heard of racial profiling, but how about gender or sexual orientation? No? Well, let me explain…

When I was first hired as a cashier at the grocery store where I work now, I was shocked to learn that my coworkers were not only racist but also homophobic and transphobic. They would often make jokes about minorities’ use of public transportation or ask me if I was “one of those colored people.” It was hard for me not to feel like an outsider in this environment even though many of my coworkers are black themselves (and some are Hispanic). But over time I learned how to cope with these comments. I made sure they didn’t affect my work performance. Eventually stopped caring so much about them after all this time.

It’s harder than you think.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “It’s not how hard it is, but how much you want to do it.” Well, this applies to cashiering. The hardest part of my job was dealing with people who were angry or rude. Some customers would get so mad at me that they would leave without paying their bill or just ignore me altogether. It’s hard enough trying to handle angry customers when they’re in front of you. But imagine having someone yell at your face from across the room!

The second hardest part of my job was dealing with customers who were just plain crazy. One time a man came into our store and started yelling at me about something unrelated (his daughter had gotten lost). He kept repeating himself over and over again like an annoying fly buzzing around your head. Meanwhile I try my best not only as a cashier but also as an employee so we can provide quality service for all our guests here at The Cash Cow Café & Deli™

You meet all kinds of people.

You meet all kinds of people. Some are good, some are bad. Some are nice, some aren’t. While some are interesting and funny when you first meet them. But then they disappear from your life forever (and leave a mark on your heart). Others have no filter or manners and act like jerks to everyone they come in contact with. You’re lucky if they don’t make fun of your accent or tell off-color jokes just because they can get away with it!

It’s important to remember that everyone has their own struggles in life. We all have different experiences that shape who we are today and what kind of person we want to be tomorrow. I’ve learned this lesson firsthand over the past year as I’ve served customers at my local grocery store while working my way through school towards becoming a pharmacist myself someday soon…

There are some genuinely awesome people out there.

There are some genuinely awesome people out there. You just need to look at the right time and place.

I’m not gonna lie, it’s been a challenge being a cashier at the register for 18 months now. It’s hard work, there are days when the customers are rude or pushy or just plain mean. But then there are days when you meet someone who makes your day—either by smiling and saying hello or giving some meaningful advice about life. Those interactions make all of the difference in how your day goes.

People make deals with cashiers every day.

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my time as a cashier is that people will try to get you to do things that are against store policy.

People will ask you to bend the rules, and they’ll do it without remorse. They’ll also make deals with you—dealings that may or may not be legal (but probably aren’t). These are all situations where the customer wins. But these customers don’t care about winning. They only care about getting what they want at any cost.

How do you handle this? By being polite but firm: “No,” says our cashiers’ manual, “you cannot do that.” We’re all trained for this kind of thing; we know how to deal with unruly customers who try their luck by being rude or making demands on us as employees. And yet often times we find ourselves taking a step back instead because…well…I just want some peace and quiet!

Some people can be pretty selfish.

It can be really hard to work at a place where you’re constantly being asked for a discount or some other form of compensation. You may have worked your ass off for hours and still not get paid; but if someone else is willing to do the same job for less money, then that’s their choice.

It’s also easy for people who are nice enough not to try and scam you out of money by pretending they didn’t hear what you said–or worse yet, getting upset that one of their friends was rudely cut off by an employee when she tried talking about how much she’d appreciate it if they would just pay up already! This happens all the time too! Sometimes I even find myself thinking: “If only I could get away with just giving everyone free food.”

People will treat you like shit for no reason.

You’re going to get treated like shit for no reason.

You need to deal with it, and then move on.

The best thing you can do is not let it get to your head or make you angry or bitter.

You may never be able to please everyone, but if they treat you poorly now and again, don’t take it personally — just remember that they are probably doing their best in an environment where they feel insecure about themselves and their place in society (and this applies even if it’s just one person).

Sometimes you have to play along to make it through the day.

I know this is a weird thing to say, but sometimes you have to play along with people’s stories. When they make up something that sounds good and you can’t tell them otherwise because it’ll ruin their mood and make them angry (which will get you yelled at), just go along with it. You’re not going to get fired over this, so do whatever the customer wants!

It’s also important for us cashiers to be good listeners—especially when dealing with customers who don’t understand what we’re saying or how much money they owe us. We need those good listeners in order for our job as cashiers not only survive but thrive!

This is a lighthearted story about being a cashier.

This is a lighthearted story about being a cashier. The author has been working as a cashier for 18 months and has learned many lessons in that time.

  • You don’t need to be good at math to work at the register, but you do need to know how to count money.
  • The best thing about being a cashier is that people are always happy when they leave your store. And even if you haven’t made their day, it’s still nice knowing that you put something into someone else’s hands and saw them smile while doing so!


I am a cashier. I’m not sure what else to say about that. It sounds pretty boring, but it’s not. At least not for me. I don’t think you should feel bad if your job is anything less than glamorous or exciting—you won’t die at work, and you probably won’t be living in poverty either (unless of course that’s what you want). If anything, being a cashier will teach you patience and an appreciation for how much effort goes into making things happen behind the scenes every day.

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