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2.0 out of 5 stars The tedium of working on the tills, 3 Nov. 2011
This review is from: The Checkout Girl (Kindle Edition)
A book about working as a checkout girl at Sainsbury's supermarket - wouldn't that be boring? Why yes, yes it is. It seemed as though this book was written to make the reading experience echo the tedium of working on the tills.

It's written as a series of diary entries, and every day is very similar: no comfy chairs to sit on while working the tills, rude customers, the occasional joke, more rude customers, and never-ending complaints about the cost of food and the state of the British economy. It reminded me of my time working for a national retailer.

The book lacked an overall storyline, and seemed to have no investigative journalistic purpose other than exposing how boring it is to work in a supermarket, and how rude people can be when they're stressed from shopping.

There are some brighter moments - mainly from customers buying pregnancy testing kits, customers who budget carefully and don't fall for special offers (so they don't end up swearing when they see the final bill), and trolley boy - the quirky staff member who is full of random facts. I also enjoyed the author's angry letters she composed in her head to Gordon Brown/Rude Customers/Sainsbury's managment.

The one redeeming feature was that I was reminded how much I don't want to go back to working in retail.

Overall, not recommended. This would have made a good feature article in a magazine. It should never have been made into an book.
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Initial post: 4 Dec 2011 06:55:56 GMT
I was going to write a review for this book but, if I did, it would look as if I just copied and pasted yours as they are my thoughts too - the repetition, lack of storyline and thoughts that it would have been better written as a magazine article.
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