Recently, my friend Kirrily of Sunny Side Up wrote a little list of "complaints" she has about her job.
For instance why is she the only one who picks up that one item that everyone else just keeps stepping over or around?
I have a complaint of my own about my job.
I actually have many complaints but I won't bore you with them.
We all already know I would much prefer to stay home.
I am a checkout operator.
A checkout operator.
Not a bank teller.
We do not have unlimited funds in our tills.
When several customers in a row request extra cash out, we can get very short of money, leading to us giving change to the next few customers as a handful of $5's because we have no larger denominations left.
I once gave $20 as $2 coins....
I know they do this because a lot of EFTPOS transactions do not incur fees and they, the customers, prefer not to pay fees if they can avoid it.
Fair enough, I do too.
Requesting an extra $20 or $50 isn't too bad, we can handle that, even from several customers, but when 3 or 4 customers in a row request the maximum amount of cash, often we just don't have it.
(I've been known to tell them I just don't have that amount left and would they mind going to an ATM.)
It makes things a little awkward for us checkout operators, until the funds build up again, as people pay for their groceries with cash.
I know it's convenient to get a small amount of extra money while you are grocery shopping, I do it too sometimes, but for large amounts, I prefer to use a bank's ATM and wish other customers would too.
The store I work at is on a busy road with all banks represented by either a building or an "in mall" ATM.
All within 5 minutes walk.
Well, that's it. That's my complaint.
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