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I'm Afraid To Become A Cashier  
User currently offlineKLM672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2501 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 11026 times:

I've always been bad at math and counting, I've "only" been a bagger at a grocery store for 3 years and have seen many of my co-workers move onto becoming cashiers. I am so afaid of having my till off or the "Oh, I'll give you X amount of money instead" and have to do the difference in my head. I am intrested in applying for a job with Staples but am afraid of dealing with money. Any thoughts or tips? Anything I can do to "prepare".
Thanks,
Andre

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User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 11026 times:

Quoting KLM672 (Thread starter):
Anything I can do to "prepare".

To count past 10, take off your shoes. If you need to count to 21, pants, too.


User currently offlineSaxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 41
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 11015 times:

Quoting KLM672 (Thread starter):
Anything I can do to "prepare".

Become a lazy, unhelpful bitch. Seems to work at the Staples store here.


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11719 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 11012 times:

If the tills are anything like I used to work on, you just enter the amount you are given, and the till will flash up the exact amount of change that you are due to give the customer. They are almost idiot proof, although some of my colleagues still found a way to muck up...

For instance;
Item price: $19.48
Customer gives: $20.50
Enter "2050" into the till
Till says: $1.02 Change.

Simple, good luck with applying for the job 

Dan 

[Edited 2006-11-18 04:31:30]


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User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 10980 times:

Quoting KLM672 (Thread starter):
afraid of dealing with money. Any thoughts or tips? Anything I can do to "prepare".

First of all, don't be afraid, money can't bite you! It's just a tool, much like any other tool you'd use to get a job done. And like you have to learn to use a given tool for a particular job, you'll need to learn how to deal with money.

You probably just need some practice to get comfortable in using this tool. Just get a little bit of money in varying denominations and sell yourself little things in your house for random amounts and give yourself change. If you have a friend, get them to help you by being the "customer"!

After you practice for a while, you'll be much more comfortable doing it for real. Relax and don't get rattled if someone gives you an amount different that what you've already punched into the register to calculate the change. Just break it down if you need to, into quarters, then dimes, then nickles. Also, so that the register can help you as much as possible, give the customer a little extra time before you punch the amount they give you to pay into the register. Ideally, you'll give them the total, they'll hand you their payment, pause a second or two and see if they are digging in their pocket or purse for exact change and when you're sure they aren't, punch it in. You can do it!

Remember that 100 is not that big of a number and all you're doing is making the change in and out come out to equal 100 either way! There are only so many combinations that you can come up with and with some experience, you'll have seen ALL of them in no time!

Pay attention to what you are doing and don't get distracted.

Good luck!


User currently offlineJaws707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 708 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 10974 times:

Well if cashiering isn't your thing have you ever thought about working on the sales floor at Staples. I used to work for Target and I HATED cashiering, so I did the stockroom, cart attended (best job ever) and sales floor. Good luck to you!!!

User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 10945 times:

Cash registers do the math for you. And remember, EVERY person who has ever ran a cash register has gotten their till of sometimes. Hell, for some people it's a daily thing. Corporations understand this and it's nothing to get worked up about or that they will fire you over. Unless it's off by alot, but trust me, it takes alot.

Also remember this, in my experience over 90% of transactions you will see are on some kind of credit/debit card. No cash or counting involved. Swipe a card, hand em the repciet and it's over. Over 90% of what you will do is as simple as that.


User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7811 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 10912 times:

I sucked as a cashier, or at least I think I did. But when I worked at Bed Bath and Beyond I was always one of the floor people who was designated as a back-up cashier (huh, a store that actually brings more people up front to cash people out when it gets busy, crazy idea). But IIRC in 15 minutes of running the register I'd have to call a manager to get a key turn. I would end up doing something that I couldn't reverse. But the majority of the transactions I handled were credit/debit, followed by checks. Didn't see too much cash in that store.


As for the not knowing how to deal with change issue. The easiest thing to do, especially if you are like me and cannot for the life of you deal w/ numbers in your head, is to count out the change. From the total due, to the amount tendered.... do this out loud if you need to.



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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 10902 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 6):
Corporations understand this and it's nothing to get worked up about or that they will fire you over.

Hmmm, dunno about this one. I can only speak for Wal-Mart, though keep in mind that I did not work as a Cashier. Anyway, Wal-Mart does not tolerate any discrepancies with the till. I can't recall the exact sequence of events, but generally your shift will not end on a happy note if your till is off by even a small amount, even if it is your first mistake.


User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 10890 times:

Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 8):
but generally your shift will not end on a happy note if your till is off by even a small amount,

I've worked a register at several movie theatres and retail stores. I've never gotten in any trouble for being off by a dollar or two here and there. As long as it isn't an excessive amount of money happening on a daily basis IMO you will be fine. Hell, I know someone who was off by over $20 and nothing happened. Management was a little mad, but didnt make a huge deal over it.


User currently offlineRichPhitzwell From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 10885 times:

There is at least one positive about being cashier, just think of all the cocaine that you will get free just from touching all the $20's.  Big grin

User currently offlineFr8Mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5659 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 10843 times:

First off, stop using a calculator for simple arithmatic. Start working thhose problems in our head. Math is like any other skill. The more you practice, the better you get.

Now, there are some folks who just can't do math because their brains aren't wired for it. If you're one of these folks, make the best of it.



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User currently offlineCFCUQ From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 712 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 10839 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 7):
As for the not knowing how to deal with change issue. The easiest thing to do, especially if you are like me and cannot for the life of you deal w/ numbers in your head, is to count out the change. From the total due, to the amount tendered.... do this out loud if you need to.

Best bit of advice i've seen on this one.


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 10830 times:

I had a weird mistake I would do from time to time when I worked in a record shop. For some reason I would give back twice as much change as the customer paid in the first place. (!) It would happen whenever they bought something at a certain price, and paid with a certain amount of money. My mind just couldn't get the math right for some reason.

Fortunately the customers where honest enough to point out my mistake. But I wouldn't be surprised to learn that I actually gave some people a free CD and doubled their money. Big grin

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 10783 times:

I worked as a cashier for Tesco while I was still in school, college.

Left after a year and joined the forces.

Was a fun job tho, plus I had some hot female colleagues, ah the memories Big grin



Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 10756 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 14):
Was a fun job tho, plus I had some hot female colleagues, ah the memories

"Staff cleanup in isle four!"

Thom@s  Wink



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 10658 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 15):
"Staff cleanup in isle four!"

Haha Big grin


Lee



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