They shouldn't let store clerks stand while on duty.
By - Nashville1245
Someone agrees with me, it wouldn’t be so bad if clerks were to walk or sit but to stand there with no breaks sometimes was the worst.
In Europe it is standard for cashiers to sit whilst ringing you up.
Allowed to sit vs shouldn’t let stand.
When I read your title, I pictured clerks taped to their seats and unable to stand.
I have never understood that. The customers do not give a single fuck if the clerk sits or stands. Why does it mean everything. All those rules about meaningless things are ruining the world.
> The customers do not give a single fuck if the clerk sits or stands.
Yes they do. Some dried-up old bitch grassed me up to my boss because I was sitting, despite there being hardly any customers to serve. Some people really are that petty.
in my country they dont.
Apparently, sitting down after having done about 10 hours out of a 13 hour shift makes it look like I "don't care" about the job. I don't know what this woman's gripe was. What does she care whether or not I care about my job, she and her friends were getting the drinks they ordered quickly.
It's so stupid, right? It's torture.
aldis clerks with their rolling office chairs:
I work at 711, doesn't really bother me...but we can always sit on our mini breaks
Not sure about 7/11 but everywhere I've worked you get 1 of those and it's only 15 minutes. Some people need to sit down for more than 15 minutes during their 480 minute shift.
I used to work as a waiter/barista in a coffee place (In Malaysia) many years ago. We were not allowed to sit throughout out 8 hour shifts, except during the 45 minute lunch interval.
The reason given by my supervisor was that 'the company is paying you to work, not to sit down'. As I was still a kid then and it was my first job, I accepted that explaination. Looking back, I realized how absurd it was... It's one thing to require waiters to stand up when there are customers waiting, but if everyone is served and do not require any service, shouldn't waiters be allowed to sit for a while too? A waiter who's carrying hot soup/drinks and not allowed to sit for hours is probably an accident waiting to happen...
*laughs in tradesman*
I wouldn't thrive well in these rules infested workplaces.
Worksites literally have hundreds of rules. Albeit different from retail. Especially in Australia there's workcover to make sure people aren't killed while on the job.
You're right and I should have worded that differently. I meant to day we don't have a lot of these petty rules saying you can or can't sit down, take a shit, have a bite to eat etc. That would drive me nuts.
I tend to agree with this, and then I think about people who insist on using standing desks.
Yeah, but they still don't stand for 8-10 hours straight. From time to time, they lower their standing desks and grab their chair. They alternate from standing and sitting.
You should ask your waitress the last time she got a chance to sit down lol
Does she randomly stay standing when no one's at the restaurant?
The restaurant I worked at, you didn’t even get a break if it was busy. If the lunch and dinner rushes were busy, you didn’t get to sit. I worked in the kitchen and even if it was slow there was always something else to be done. Standing around doing nothing didn’t exist, you were forced to find something to do. On my feet for about 10hrs or more.
That's different. You're doing something: mopping the floor, cleaning tables, taking people's orders, assisting customers, etc. I'm talking about your run-of-the-mill sales clerk. The ones who hold a bottle of perfume for hours and just stand there like a freaking mannequin waiting for a customer to buy their product from their kiosk. That's just upright stupid. Why don't they just buy a trophy case and put the perfume there for people to gaze upon and inquire about it?
Speaking from experience as a waiter in a few restaurants, it really depends if your boss is an ass or not. Some bosses feel that if they paid you for 8 hours, it means that you must be on your feet for the full 8 hours.
But usually the bigger and more well known establishments like McDonalds, KFC, etc do not enforce this as long as you do what's required of you.
When I worked at McDonald's, their motto was "if you have time to lean, you have time to clean". Want to lean on the counter during a lull for a minute? Nope, there are things you could be cleaning.
I guess it depends on the franchise owner and manager...
That was the motto when I worked at one during high school but it only takes a few min to wipe down. During slow times our manager would spot check to see if it wasn't super messy then we would go smoke a quick cig and relax.
If it was wiped down already, we either had to do it again, or start washing walls and nooks and crannies. ☹
My first job was fantastic. 4pm to midnight. Didn't ever have a customer until about 6, so me and the boss just did stock then sat around watching TV. Around 8pm I'd get my dinner no matter how busy it was, and the boss would take his at 7. Round about 11 we were allowed to start having a couple of shift drinks. Also could go for a smoke wherever, where the restaurant faced out onto the beach.
It truly was heaven. It was the job that made me fall in love with hospitality.
my mom LOL she sits down for around 20 minutes i think, she’s an iHOP waitress
I had to working for home depot. Because of the nature of the product, you have to walk all around the cart and do some heavy lifting
Thats why the 15min breaks and 30min kunch was always nice
Lunch must always be between your 4th and 5th hour whilst you get a 15min break in the middle of the 4 hour segments
Atleast in california anyways. I think its the same federally too
When I visited Argentina, I went to a store and all the cashiers were sitting down on stools at the registers. I was so jealous! Lol
As a cashier, I completely agree even though I’m used to it at this point it’s so stupid. And they won’t even let you lean on anything for support then wonder why their employees either call out, no show, or quit it’s humane and the pay dosnt even equate
>They shouldn't let store clerks stand while on duty.
As opposed to forcing you to sit?
This is incredibly overdramatic. It's not "torture". If your experiencing "agonizing pain" because you have to stand up for a few hours then you need to see a doctor because that isn't normal.
It is real! My friend that works at a retail store stands up for 8 hours straight and when she comes home, she's just out of it. Her legs are shot and it's like she just did a marathon or something. How about you try to stand and hold a perfume bottle for 8 hours straight, 7 days a week and come back to me, see how you feel.
I used to work in retail, did 8 to 10 hour shifts behind a register. Sure it was uncomfortable sometimes but definitely not "agonising pain"
Standing up all day really shouldn't be that hard, just keep the blood moving. It's alot healthier than sitting down for 8 hours a day.
I know it's a lot healthier than sitting, of course, it is. But again, too much of anything is bad. 8 hours straight standing is just too much. Employees should be able to sit from time to time throughout those 8 hours. Stand, sit, walk, repeat. I guarantee you they'll be more efficient with their duties.
If your standing completely still like a statue then yeah it's gonna start hurting. Get the blood flowing, shake your legs around a bit.
You also get breaks in an 8 hour shift, if not then I dare say your friend has bigger problems than standing.
Standing up really shouldn't be causing "agonising pain" if it is then I would suggest your friend see a doctor about it.
I’m sorry to hear about your friend having pain with standing for so long. Recommend daily deep stretches before and during work. This helped me tremendously. Standing can be painful if there is no activity like walking in the mix. Movement helps. An example is walking for a hour as compared to standing stationary for an hour, the standing sucks lol.
> It's alot healthier than sitting down for 8 hours a day.
You really think the employers give a fuck about the health of low-level workers? They're just waving their cocks around.
I dont think that, i just think being overdramatic about something as trivial as standing up is pointless.
"Overdramatic"? Having to stand up all day at work is no joke, I've been there. Imagine if the guys who work at banks, for instance, were told that from now on, they're required to stand up all day, despite it making no practical difference to their employees. They'd fight it, and rightly so.
I've been there also, and honestly I'd prefer to stand, like I said it's healthier and sitting down all day can be just as uncomfortable.
Yeah it'd be cool if employers made it an option, but it's hardly worth getting all up in arms over. OP compared it to "torture" and called it "agonising pain" thats what I mean by overdramatic.
It is painful when you're basically working half a day. And what difference does "healthier" make? It's funny how "healthier" is only an issue when we're talking about minimum wage people whose bosses resent them having a moment's peace or comfort.
This is mostly an American thing.
Not really. I'm from the Philippines.
Fuck that. They should be ready to spring into action.
Never done this before but this and the people you interact with is what makes it sound like hell
Aaaaand why is this an unpopular opinion?
I've worked in retail for several years, once I had to work 8 days in a row and after that, I got plantar fasciitis, that shit hurts like a motherfucker.