Les tribulations d'une caissière
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Les tribulations d'une caissière

2.85 of 5 stars 2.85  ·  rating details  ·  550 ratings  ·  104 reviews
My name is Anna. I'm 31 years old with a degree in literature and a life story that is both completely ordinary and a little bit unusual

Former cashier Anna Sam offers an insider's peek at what really goes on behind the register. In the wise and witty voice of the college-educated, underpaid retail worker, Sam comments on everything from ill-cut uniforms, to drunken custome

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Melissa
*Please note that this book was received as a free Advanced Readers Copy. Obtained through the Goodreads First Reads program*

I have mixed feelings on this book. When reading the synopsis I expected funny stories of different people that came through the writer's line. And there is that, but there's some other stuff too that I wasn't as taken with.

In this book, Sam ranges all over the job of a supermarket cashier. From uniforms to early birds and all other types of customers, she covers everythin...more
Debbie Young
I bought this book after hearing an enthusiastic review on the radio, out of curiosity to find out more about the view from the other side of the till. I was also very taken with the term "beepeuse" from the French original.
Unfortunately I found it very disappointing. The sketches were superficial and brief, none of them especially memorable or illuminating. There were also two serious distractions from the original content of the book: (1) the publisher's unaccountable decision to pretend the w...more
Luscinnia
Empfohlen gekriegt, gekauft, gelesen - nein verschlungen und nun hier das Fazit.Ich hab mich und vorallem meine Kunden so wiedererkannt. Die Buchhändlerin an der Kasse sagte etwas ähnliches. Sie liest das Buch nämlich auch gerade. Alle, die ihre Kassiererinnen manchmal etwas besser verstehen wollen oder an der Sache an sich ein wenig Interesse haben, sollten das Buch unbedingt lesen. Zwar ist der Supermarkt, in dem Anna Sam gearbeitet hat, etwas größer und damit die Abläufe ein klein wenig ander...more
Feistytiger
I have worked on a checkout myself and thought this may be an interesting book to relate to. However when i first read it i thought it might be American, because of the way she was talking about supermarkets. I found out after its the life on a French Till, and some of the jokes and insights don't translate well. This makes sense now looking back but it really is not the same as an English Supermarket.

Addtionally it felt more of a job description than funny stories and anecdotes from behind the...more
Mark
Breezy and predictable, this collection of blog posts--by an educated young woman with literary ambitions who finds herself trapped in a bad day job--gets by on the author's abundant good will, but her observations are banal. The form of the book--short entries/chapters that satirize everyday human foibles--allows for impressionistic snapshots rather than developed ideas, so what we get are many extremely familiar scenes of a dreary job enlivened by the humor of the author, which isn't the worst...more
Kirsti
Sep 23, 2009 Kirsti rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kirsti by: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106913239&f
Three and a half stars. Anna Sam took a job as a supermarket checkout girl to pay for her university studies. Then she graduated and couldn't find a better job. So, at age 28, she published a memoir . . . and I say God bless her.

It's always interesting to get a peek into someone else's life. It seems that a checkout operator in France has a considerably better safety net than a checkout operator in the United States.

This book is short, light, and humorous, as if the author didn't want to wear ou...more
Ariel Cummins
I picked up this book on a whim, thinking it would be a fun, fast read. I love reading retail memoirs -- I mean, really, lots of time libraries are pretty much just glorified retail so I find tons to commiserate with. This book, though, was light on humor and insight and heavy on uninspired complaining. This book was less than two hundred pages long, but I couldn’t muster the energy to finish it. Whether it was the fact that it was translated from French, the weird blogger-gets-a-book-deal tone,...more
Sandra "Jeanz"
I did like it though it wasnt as funny as the other one I had previously read. Basically an account of a checkout girls life. Having done this myself I can say that the account in this book were in fact no way exaggerated at all lol
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 5/1/11: http://readinglark.blogspot.com/2011/...
*I won this through First Reads*

I don't think I would have picked this book up if I had not won it through First Reads. I mean a memoir about working as a cashier in a grocery store for eight years doesn't sound like riveting reading material. However, I'm not one to knock a free book and in the spirit of the First Reads program I wanted to read and review this one. However, the best thing I can say about this book is...more
Janne Varvára
This book is based on the blog of Anna Sam, a chasier at a French supermarket who blogged to unload her work stories at the end of the day.
I had such a laugh with this one! The moment we heard about this book at the bookstore where I work, we all vowed we'd read it, and I for one wasn't disappointed!
See, I don't think it matters much what it is you're selling, wether you work in a huge supermarket like Anna Sam, or in a bookstore like me, we do share those costumer stories, and I think everyone...more
Leah
Checkout: A Life on the Tills is the memoir of Anna Sam, who worked in a French supermarket for 8 years. After a while she decided to start a blog telling people about her working days as a check-out girl. (You can see her blog here, it’s in French though: http://caissierenofutur.over-blog.com/). She gained quite a following and ended up with a book deal. Enter: Checkout: A Life on the Tills.

Checkout is a very short book and an incredibly quick read. I read it in under an hour and a half. It has...more
Carole
If you’ve ever wondered what life is like on the other side of the checkout as you buy your weekly shopping, then wonder no more as Anna Sam talks to you as if you were applying for the job yourself.

I learnt that supermarkets in France don’t supply their customers with free bags anymore, unlike the UK where they’re given out every day in their thousands and then thrown carelessly away, cluttering up the rubbish dumps.

I also discovered what the three most common questions the till operators are a...more
Lett'
Une bonne partie de plaisir avec ce livre reçu dans le SWAP par Tigrouloup (je la remercie pour cette agréable lecture !). Ce livre est tellement facile et court, qu’on peut le lire en une ou deux fois, ce que j’ai fait. Ce type de livres fait beaucoup de bien quand on veut faire une pause de lecture sans arrêter la lecture.

En effet, la lecture était très amusante, j’ai même beaucoup rit pour les réflexions très comiques de l’auteur, elle décrit le client comme un être complètement différent qui...more
Jamie
So I have a few thoughts about this one.

-I assumed from the getgo that this was a case of a blogger getting a book deal. And I've never read the blog in question (apparently it's in French? More on that later), but I get the impression that it's in a different format than the book. The book is really general, with only a few specific examples of the crazy behavior she describes. The strongest and most interesting parts were the anecdotes and dialogs, and there weren't nearly enough of those.

-App...more
Terry Clague
Setting aside the monumental impact that supermarkets have on society, they amount to some of the world's largest employers. In the UK, something close to a cartel on the verge of monopoly means that every now and again noises are made about inquiries regarding supermarkets' relationships with suppliers and so forth.

Often overlooked is the role supermarkets play in the working lives of hundreds of thousands of staff that they directly emply (as well as those they often don't - cleaners, staff c...more
Katja
En kassedames genvordigheder er bogen, der er dedikeret til alle de, der på et eller andet tidspunkt i deres liv, har siddet bag en kasse i et supermarked. Eller bare været butiksansat, generelt. Franske Anne Sam udkom i 2009 med dette vidunder af en bog og selvom der er stor forskel fra den franske butiksansatte, til den danske, så er der alligevel så mange ligheder og sammenligninger, at man ikke kan lade være med at hulke af grin og nikke genkendene til episoderne i bogen.

Siderne er én stor s...more
Samantha
Afgelopen week ben ik gestopt met werken achter de kassa, terwijl ik dit 4 jaar gedaan heb. Ik was erg benieuwd naar dit boek, of hier vergelijkbare momenten in voor zouden komen, maar helaas. Ik denk dat dit komt omdat het een vertaling is uit het Frans. Een Franse supermarkt is toch heel anders dan een Nederlandse, en al helemaal anders als mijn oude vertrouwde AH. Wij hebben geen centrale kassa, geen eigen la, hoeven niet zelf te tellen, hebben geen pompstation, geen inklokservice en al helem...more
Erica
Saw this as one of the free books pre-downloaded on my Nook. Another memoir from a formal retail employee, this one focusing on a woman who was a long time cashier of a larger superstore/grocery store type. As a retail vet myself I love these types....it's a little therapeutic reading other's war stories.

I'm surprised the book has received so many rave reviews, as the stories seemed so generic to me. The author makes a few good points - don't assume your cashier is some high school drop-out with...more
Filip
It's interesting to read about the supermarket experience from the cashier's point of view, for once. Don't expect any pity for harried clients with children who are trying to fit in the shopping chore in their busy Saturdays; all the pity is for the cashiers and the cashiers only (and when clients wipe their boogers on their shopping for the cashier to scan, who can blame them?).
This book is based on a blog by the same author. Some blogs lose a lot of their quality when they are turned into bo...more
Pascale
Cute and mildly entertaining book based on the author’s blog about her experience working as a cashier for several years. Obviously, there are idiotic customers everywhere.

How to Be a Woman; Caitlin Moran; 307 pages; Harper Perennials; 2011
I first heard Caitlin Moran speak on the radio (probably NPR) and was taken by her frank and funny delivery. Her book does not disappoint. Here is a rundown of the author’s momentous life events, ranging from first periods to dating, to childbirth, even aborti...more
Iris
This comedic memoir of a French cashier is painfully unfunny. The humor isn't dry. It isn't ironic. It's just mild and damp, like hypoallergenic baby wipes. I enjoyed one laugh: each day, a customer approaches Anna's checkout station and asks, "Are you open?" She responds: "Me? No. My register? Yes."

Yet this book was a sensational bestseller in France, where it is being adapted for the stage and screen. Today, a few years after its publication, it might have a tremendous audience in the USA, wh...more
Kim Ibara
I couldn't find the French title on Goodreads, but that is the one I read. I see they've made a film of the book as well...it looks wonderful!

This book is great! It is a collection of blog entries by a literature major who spent a few years working as a checkout clerk at a French supermarket. Her observations are brilliant: if you have ever spent any time behind a cash register, you will recognize every customer, boss, and co-worker that Anna Sam profiles in her extremely witty way. I do not kno...more
Charles F
Mal ecrit, acide, une liste de fait divers pris uniquement du point de vue de la caissiere, sans reelle analyse, sans aucune balance. Les 3 4 petits essais d'ouvertures analytiques sur le sujet du consumerisme tombent relativement hors propos et ne sortent pas du sens commun. Le bouquin se voudrait drole mais l'ambiance de grande rancoeur fait tomber l'effet radicalement a l'eau. L'occasion etait pourtant cree de faire reflechir voire changer le chalant, mais le ton plus accusateur et reprobateu...more
Pauline
Exactement ce que je cherchais en lisant ce livre. Quelque chose de drôle, qui se lit rapidement, sans se prendre la tête.

L'auteur ne cherche pas forcément à nous faire cogiter, mais seulement à nous faire réfléchir un peu à notre façon d'agir lorsque l'on est à la caisse.
Certains comportement m'ont vraiment étonnés !

Ce que j'aime particulièrement c'est l'humour avec lequel l'auteur raconte ces anecdotes. Elle raconte ces histoires de façon ironique et très amusante, alors qu'elle pourrait nou...more
Kristina Marie
After reading the description of this book, I figured Checkout Girl would be a witty insiders peek of all the hilarious, crazy, and usually gross happenings in the cashier world. However, Anna Sam's book is simply an overly sarcastic, generic commentary of common issues faced by cashiers. Having been a cashier myself, I know she could have drawn better from her actual experiences and written something with more humor and insight than this. Though, I can see others who work or have worked in publ...more
Caroline Taarup
The language is ironic, humor-filled, beautiful, and filled with small personal words, sentences and anecdotes. I laughed a lot during the book, and I'm definitely recommending it to others!
Julie
Ayant moi-même travaillé en tant que caissière en parallèle de mes études, j'ai reconnu pas mal de situations et le sourire n'a pas quitté ma lecture. Un livre divertissant et réaliste!
Dorothyd
Une lecture un peu différente pour changer, j'ai été attiré par les critiques/pubs que j'avais lu dans divers magazines. En tout cas ça se lit vite, ce n'est pas désagréable, et parfois assez cocasse.

Anna Sam décortique en catégorie d'événement qu'il peut lui arriver en tant que caissière, que ça soit en rapport avec son métier ou par rapport au client. C'est ce deuxième cadre qui est le plus intéressant selon moi. Certaines situations sont un peu folles et peuvent faire rire, d'autres faire hal...more
Ilana
I watched the blog of the author some years ago and liked the humour of the stories. As a book, is nice, polite, but not a literary revelation. If you are one of those customers that wants to drop names and to show their professional achievements in a supermarket, you might find the book at least educative and end up making a drama out of your shopping chores. Being on the wrong side of the counter doesn't mean always all in terms of professional evolution.
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