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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryPoppins View Post
    I had a Saturday job in a supermarket for a short time when much younger. For anyone I deemed to be a twat, I'd scan their fragile items first and hurl heavier objects down in quick succession after.


    Got sacked after two weeks but it was worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pip in a Poke View Post
    While I'm at it...

    Have you noticed that no matter in what order one places one's purchases on the conveyor belt at the checkout (i.e. heavy items first, fragile ones last) the first item to be rung through the till will always be the carton of eggs or the carton of cream
    and if you buy one of those three foot long French baguettes, the checkout operator always slings them on the shute so the open end scrapes along it!

    (I usually forget to keep an eye on it and tell them to hand it to me.)
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    had a Saturday job in a supermarket for a short time when much younger
    Had a school holiday job at Sainsburys once, it was much smaller then. Got a whole £11.72p a week.

    PS No couldn't have been 72p, it was shillings and pence back then. Had a 7 in it anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xoggoth View Post
    Had a school holiday job at Sainsburys once, it was much smaller then. Got a whole £11.72p a week.

    PS No couldn't have been 72p, it was shillings and pence back then. Had a 7 in it anyway.
    Had an evening & weekend job in Budgens when I was about 16 on £1.69 p/h. Which is about the same as anyone contracting in public sector IT will be on, post April.
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    While we are reminiscing about Sainsbury's, our local one used to be the Dalston branch, and it was a point of pride that it reputedly had the highest violent crime rate of any supermarket in the UK. But it wasn't as scary as the Falls Road, Belfast branch, which has the signage translated into Irish, presumably because one of the lads has had a word.
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    Sainsbury used to post a league table of items per minute that the cashiers were scanning. There was then a decree come down from the top that rather than speed, focus on making sure that you go at the same pace as the customer is packing their shopping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LondonManc View Post
    Sainsbury used to post a league table of items per minute that the cashiers were scanning. There was then a decree come down from the top that rather than speed, focus on making sure that you go at the same pace as the customer is packing their shopping.
    Yep, the bags should be packed up before they deal with the next customer.
    They do that at my local Sainsburys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryPoppins View Post
    I had a Saturday job in a supermarket for a short time when much younger. For anyone I deemed to be a twat, I'd scan their fragile items first and hurl heavier objects down in quick succession after. ...
    And it has defined your working career ever since!

    I worked as a trolley pusher for Prestos (...'ere mate, want any trolley's for the weekend?...). £1.39 an hour and all the 10ps we could find left in the trolleys.
    Hmm. I'm beginning to suspect that you need to find all the packing the computer came in...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotAllThere View Post
    And it has defined your working career ever since!

    I worked as a trolley pusher for Prestos (...'ere mate, want any trolley's for the weekend?...). £1.39 an hour and all the 10ps we could find left in the trolleys.
    What happened to Prestos, anyone remember? I remember them from the early 80's and they just disappeared. Did they get taken over?
    Come to think of it, there was also Gateway and Victor Value. Ah, nostalgia...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mordac View Post
    What happened to Prestos, anyone remember? I remember them from the early 80's and they just disappeared. Did they get taken over?
    Come to think of it, there was also Gateway and Victor Value. Ah, nostalgia...
    Presto were acquired by Argyll, who also bought Safeway and badged all Presto stores as Safeway.

    Gateway rebranded as Somerfield then were bought by the Co-op, but many were sold on.

    Victor Value were bought by Tesco and the smaller stores flogged on again.
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