The Front Line:  Supermarket Checker

Soldiers in the war on shoppers! I mean, soldiers helping shoppers!

Look at how much more intelligence was needed for this job then, compared to this age of scanners and credit cards.
     Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 20, 2015
     Category: Food | Work and Vocational Training | Retailing | 1960s

The first checker seems to be named Ruth Buzzi. I wonder if she's related to the famous one.
Posted by ges on 10/20/15 at 09:22 AM
Whoops. It's Bussey.
A trip to Hawaii and a mink stole? Not bad.
Posted by ges on 10/20/15 at 09:33 AM
I bet they could even make change correctly without the machine telling them how much.

I was slinging Pepsi back in the 60s stocking those shelves for the stores.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 10/20/15 at 11:43 AM
I was teaching my daughter to count change up from the amount owed to the amount given when she was a teen because they damn sure do not teach it in school. When you count on the machines too much you're screwed if they go down or the power goes out.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 10/20/15 at 01:29 PM
Wasn't there an article on this site recently about how a checker could steal from customers by charging them for the previous customer's purchases?

I shudder every time the clerk can't get the UPC code to scan the first time -- entering the number manually is usually a little above their ability (and by 'a little above' I mean it's like asking a backwards 3rd-Grader to perform brain surgery).
Posted by Phideaux on 10/20/15 at 02:14 PM
When I worked at WalMart I knew how to punch in the UPC.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 10/20/15 at 04:52 PM
First job at a Taco stand. Most all of us kids could count back with ease.
Apple Mart, summer 1989. Power outage from a thunder storm. None of the cashiers could figure out tax amount nor count back. Store was shut down until power was restored several hours later.
Posted by GFnKS on 11/02/15 at 04:45 PM
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