I received this book for free from netgalley in exchange for my honest opinions/ review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Checkout: A Life on the Tills by Anna Sam, Morag Young
Published by Gallic Books on February 1st 2010
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Can you scan 800 barcodes an hour? Can you smile and say thanks 500 times a day? Do you never need to go to the toilet? Then working at a supermarket checkout could be just the job for you. Anna Sam spent 8 years as a checkout girl. Checkout - A Life on the Tills is a witty look at what it s really like to work in a supermarket: the relentless grind and less-than-perfect working conditions, along with people-watching and encounters with every kind of customer from the bizarre to the downright rude.
Since I work in retail, as I soon as I saw this book on netgalley I knew I had to read it.
Anna lives overseas, and worked as a cashier “check out girl” for eight years, and this is the story of being a working girl. It’s rather hysterical to me, to see just how universal working in retail is, regardless of where you live. I too am constantly plagued by “Are you open?” and “Where’s the bathroom?” and tries to not only educate the public, but does it in a way that makes you laugh.
Anna begins the book by telling you how she got hired and trained, which I laughed through (having gone through an extremely similar process), and then continues by telling you about her daily life working in a grocery store and the story of the contant “beeps”.
It’s ironic because I have often wanted to try to write a book about my life in retail, but have no talents in that arena! But I’m happy that someone else out there did.