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Rude shop staff lack basic good manners

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Basic manners.  Are these foreign words to some of these rude shop staff?  This is just one example but it seems to happen all too often these days.  I was in my local Sainsbury doing some shopping, and as the cashier finished swiping my items, he stopped, looked at me and stuck out his hand for the money.  No telling me the amount and of course no "please", just a look as if he’s done me some great service or he’s expecting me to read his mind and guess what the total amount is!

This meant I then had to step back to see the till and screen with the amount on it.  As I handed over my cash to pay for the shopping, there was no "thank you".  And finally to top it all off, the handing back of my change is done by simply dumping all the coins in one go into my outstretched hand without even looking at it.  Needless to say there is still no "thank you".

Someone's hand holding loose change - manners cost nothing I know that this is not the 1950’s when people would tip their hat to each other in the street and good manners were absolutely essential.  Also, forget the training that you would think cashiers must receive from their employers in ensuring good service.  But what I really can not understand is the mindset of these people, and the fact that it does not even extend to a simple “please” and "thank you".

These are the most basic manners that everyone should employ in their day to day dealings with other people.

By: Tazdevil


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collar

collar

There's no excuse for dirty manners or rudeness in England. If the shop staff are kept well remunerated people they respect themselves and other people respect them. we want nice manners and we want a friendly face when we we purchase stuff touchy staff are free to serve hoe they wish - however, soft soap and kind hand gestures go a long way towards satisfaction - if you own a business and you care about your customers, really CARE - can I suggest you log on to a website that advises you accordingly.
21/06/14 collar
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queens corgie

queens corgie

I have worked for the largest retailer/supermarket chain for the last 10 years, i have done many different jobs instore and outdoors too. When directly working with the public i always said hello to every customer regardless of age gender nationality. Most customers would say hello back or smile and nod. The problem is cashiers dont have a crystal ball and have to guess the mood of the customer in 3 seconds from the first contact, some want in and out asap no chat some wont stop chatting, and there are the hygenically challanged who stink of urine alcohol or both, i had a regular female customer who had Tourettes she was like a ticking time bomb looked and spoke like the queen tartan handbag type untill her illness reared its ugly head and she would sit in her car swearing and punching the steering wheel the car actually rocked from side to side, customers want everything as cheap as possible and first class service to match which is not going to happen, if you want staff everywhere all the time then shop at Harrods and pay the price.
29/09/13 queens corgie
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Gross Service

Gross Service

These blooming shop assistants are arrogant. They don't care about customers or what we think, all they have been taught to do is take your money. They are nearly all on minimum wage, or even less, plus some impermanent contract. The chances are that they are "imported staff" from some remote region of the EU, or even further afield. Or they are just out of school and know nothing, but generally unemployable in any real job.

Have you noticed that there are never any managers or floor walkers around when you want to complain? Have you noticed just how few staff there actually are? No one to assist you in anyway.

But then why are the perfume departments of department overflowing with staff? Dare I say: Enormous Gross Profit Margins?

I don't want to be asked "Howya doin?". I don't want to be be told "Enjoy", or "Have a nice day?".

I don't want to be asked for my "Loyalty Card". I don't want school vouchers, or money off my next hamburger in Macdonalds. Or to know of any two-for-one offers.

I want my change and receipt.

I want, if I make a complaint about the service, not to be ignored, nor for the shop assistant to pretend that they haven't heard me.

One thing is certain, all these business will eventually go bankrupt. That is the way of all flesh. Some will go under sooner. The sooner the better I say for those who employ arrogant shop assistants
12/08/13 Gross Service
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hairyfairy

hairyfairy

I understand what you mean about some staff being rude, but you have to put yourself in their shoes once in a while. Shop staff work long hours for very low pay, & they are often treated badly by caustomers. my first job at 16 was in a supermarket, & you wouldn`t believe some of the dumb questions that customers would come up & ask me while I was busy stacking the shelves, foor instance "where`s the jam", & it was right in front of them! I`d point this out, & they`d take offence & report me to the manager who would then haul me into his office & yell at me for 20 minutes for being rude to customers. All that for £6.50 a week. Needless to say I didn`t last long in that job.
14/10/12 hairyfairy
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Jason

Jason

I agree, online delivery people are very friendly and helpful. Sainsbury's and Waitrose/Ocado are the best.
05/08/12 Jason
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Jason

Jason

Also Jobby, manners are free and cost nothing. So why would their wages be a factor? Your not really doing much more than opening your mouth. Doesn't require a lot of energy, make people feel happier that someone cares about their day and I wouldn't associate good manners with a higher pay bracket.
04/08/12 Jason
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Jason

Jason

What do mean likes of you? Regardless of your wage, you are expected to greet the customers and be friendly and helpful. If other countries can do it, why can't you?

Again, self entitlement, thinking you don't need to work hard in order to get paid.

I worked for 6 pounds an hour and I was told to greet customers, be friendly and helpful and so were the customers. Shame because I was working for a US owned jewellers that actually instills good values of customer service unlike the likes of Tesco.
04/08/12 Jason
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Jason

Jason

Customer Service is not taken seriously in the UK, it is for peasants and stupid people, nuff said. General laziness, lack of manners and self entitlement mentality in the UK society were no work is needed in order to be rewarded, rewards come without doing your job.
04/08/12 Jason
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pinkamena

pinkamena

Personally I have no problem with staff without manners, after all they aren't payed to be polite and you usually get what you are buying regardless. I think that if you are offended then that's your problem!
28/07/12 pinkamena
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Lorraine

Lorraine

Valentines school uniform shop in sawbridgeworth, has no stock, unprofessional staff. I ordered and paid for three school blouses three weeks ago, went to collect today, only to be told they have not come in. When I asked for a refund to go elsewhere, the owner was incredibly rude to me in front of a very busy shop. This establishment is the only stockist for miles around, have reported him to the school. I should be able to purchase my childs uniform from where ever I choose.
18/09/11 Lorraine
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CustomerandServiceProvider

CustomerandServiceProvider

Basic manners may cost nothing, but bad manners should cost everything. If you are treated rudely by a service person, speak to a manager, leave your order, call the headquarters if it's severe. If you are a service person you are not obligated to submit to rudeness. You can slow your pace, "clarify" the demands of your patron, and refuse service to the truly recalcitrant. Your manager and co-workers should band together with you to intervene when you are being rudely treated. Fellow customers, speak UP if you observe another person abusing a fellow customer or staff person. Social ostracism, well employed, is still a force to be reckoned with, as many have discovered when misdeeds are all over Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or just the faces of the five other humans observing you making a fool of yourself.
23/05/11 CustomerandServiceProvider
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Torey

Torey

I'm a cashier. We aren't all rude, you know. The way you worded your article made it sound like you have no respect for ANY cashier, that we all grew up without manners. I pride myself on being a good cashier, thank you very much. It makes me wonder if the customers who give me rude looks and don't say thanks treat me with contempt just because I'm 'another mannerless cashier'.
03/04/11 Torey
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Harry

Harry

"these people" sounds as if you are targeting "them" to make yourself look better. Have you no manners either? Respect is shown both ways. People can sense someone who dislikes them as soon as they walk in. Perhaps you were giving bad vibes.
I have seen people with no manners of all ages and all nationalities.
The worst seem to be the many from the older generation who treat others as subordinates.
31/12/10 Harry
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BnQgirl

BnQgirl

I deal with obnoxious customers everyday and tend o treat them the same way they treat me. I.e. if they throw the money on the counter or give me the money as though I should be eternally grateful I don't thank them either. The money isn't going in my pocket an I'm not forcing them to spend it! However, with well mannered customers who respect the staff are are only doing a job, I can't do enough for them. So remember - treat people the same way you like to be treated and often you will be!
30/12/10 BnQgirl
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Raisa

Raisa

I understand you frustration, But dont holiday in Malta any time soon, they are the rudest people on the planet. I had my change constantly thrown on the counter. I had cheese I ordered from a deli counter bounce so hard on the counter that it fell to the floor. I have had in one ice cream shop, get this, with no customers in it accept myself and kids. completly ignored by staff who were chattering behind the counter and when I asked could we order she turned her back on me and walked out the back needless to say we left. The lack of service there is totally unacceptable. I then laughed because on our last day there my husband showed me a very beautiful ring in a jewellery shop that he wanted to buy me. I thanked him for the thought but I told him he would have to buy it over my dead body. I said that every time I looked at that ring it would remind me of the rudest people in the world.
25/07/10 Raisa
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