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Les tribulations d'une caissière

2.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  788 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
« Tu vois, si tu ne travailles pas bien à l'école, tu finiras caissière comme la dame. »
C'est dit. C'est pesé, emballé, étiqueté.
Et pourtant...

Elle s'appelle Anna, elle a vingt-huit ans, un diplôme universitaire de littérature et huit ans d'expérience derrière une caisse de supermarché.
Une caisse qui n'entend que les codes-barres. Un métier peu propice aux échanges, invisi
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Paperback, Les documents Stock, 191 pages
Published 2008 by Éditions Stock
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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
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Dovilė
Bando rašyti juokingai arba taip, kad skaitytojai pasibaisėtų, bet kažkaip nepavyko.
Anastacia
Since I work in retail, as I soon as I saw this book on netgalley I knew I had to read it.

Anna lives overseas, and worked as a cashier "check out girl" for eight years, and this is the story of being a working girl. It's rather hysterical to me, to see just how universal working in retail is, regardless of where you live. I too am constantly plagued by "Are you open?" and "Where's the bathroom?" and tries to not only educate the public, but does it in a way that makes you laugh.

Anna begins the b
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Alice Rachel
Jun 22, 2016 Alice Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an easy/entertaining read. Now I don't know how accurate or instructive it is because I've never been a cashier in my life. But I've worked in retail and I could relate to many stories. Nice book that I read on the plane and kept me hooked the entire time.
Maggie61
When I first saw this book on net galley, I really wanted to read it. I have worked retail, mostly in a grocery store atmosphere for 30 years and I thought this book would have some funny stories about the life of retail and customers. Not so much.
I could relate to some of it, I have some similar stories; I have seen pretty much everything you could imagine and things you couldn't begin to imagine and I could relate to the descriptions of some of the customers.
What I couldn't relate to was the
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Melissa Lynne
Nov 23, 2015 Melissa Lynne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was very disappointed in this book. I was a cashier and worked customer service for 7 years. I was expecting a book with stories, more like the website notalwaysright.com. But instead it felt like I was reading a manual on how to be a cashier. What to wear, how to do things, what kinds of customers to expect, etc.

The "stories" in this book didn't feel like stories at all. More like examples of situations. And there was neve
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Debbie Young
Jun 18, 2012 Debbie Young rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Mark
Jan 03, 2012 Mark rated it liked it
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
Kat
Dec 23, 2015 Kat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley-tbr
This book was a bit boring. I thought there would be more customer related stories and less waffle. It's a shame as I was looking forward to it.

Thanks goes to net galley and the publishers for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
Kirsti
Sep 23, 2009 Kirsti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kirsti by: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st...
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
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Ariel Cummins
Sep 25, 2011 Ariel Cummins rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
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
Leila Mota
Jun 26, 2015 Leila Mota rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Se você quer avançar no estudo de uma língua, tem de se arriscar a ler. Descobrir um um autor folheando as páginas do livro é um dos grandes prazeres de uma livraria que o livro eletrônico e as listas de best-sellers não nos proporcionam. Esse livro é fruto de uma dessas incursões. Entrou na cesta junto com outros de autores mais conhecidos, por sua proposta bem-humorada e linguagem moderna, que poderia me ajudar na familiarização com a língua francesa mais coloquial.
Ele atendeu tão perfeitamen
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Bookworm
Mar 03, 2015 Bookworm rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For anyone who has been a cashier... ...you see them at the supermarket, at the bookstore, at the specialty supply stores (hardware, makeup, clothing, etc.). They say hello, ring up your purchases, pack it up and wish you a nice day as they had you the receipt. Author Anna Sam gives a little insight as to what it's like to be a cashier (for her, it's at a supermarket).

Some of her story was one I was familiar with, having been a cashier at a bookstore right after college. And like her, I ended up
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Ricardo
Dec 09, 2014 Ricardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Co-written with Leo

Anna Sam or as customers would call her checkout girl while going to school she has a part time job as a cashier to pay off school but once she graduates with a degree with literature and no promising job she is stuck as a cashier for eight years. She lives the same life over and over again with agonizing customers, Coworkers, and Bosses.

In the morning before the shop opens at 8 am, there are the early morning couples and working people eager to get their forgotten shopping
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Jessica White
This review and more can be found at A Reader's Diary!

After working retail for 8 years, Anna Sam decided to write a book about retail customers. Going on 6 years in retail myself, I knew this something I needed to read. Anna Sam explains the different types of customers in the most hilarious way. We've all had those customers that stand at the doors waiting for us to open. Can't forget the last customers to leave, 15 minutes after we've closed. And the drunk customers? Oh boy, you hate to love t
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Allie Bradford
Cowritten with Allie Bradford Kadir Celik
Check out girl is a book of everyday cashier life. From bagging groceries to customer conversations, the cashier position is shown in a whole new life. The author shows how her interactions with her customers and colleagues keeps her busy and annoyed all day. With only a few highlights of the day, this cashiers day becomes quite lengthy which can sometimes make the chapter seem quite lengthy.

The structure of this book is almost like a guide, sometimes thi
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A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Can you scan 800 barcodes an hour? Can you smile and say thanks 500 times a day? Do you never need to go to the toilet? Then working at a supermarket checkout could be just the job for you. Anna Sam spent 8 years as a checkout girl. Checkout: A Life on the Tills is a witty look at what it's really like to work in a supermarket: the relentless grind and less-than-perfect working conditions, along with people-wa
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Holly Flora
Nov 24, 2015 Holly Flora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Checkout : A Life On The Tills is Anna's true story on all the helpful hints on how to survive working at a supermarket. With hints like how to deal with nice to downright mean customers and how to deal with managers that are sometimes are just looking out for themselves. Anna lasted 8 years working there, doing a common job and gives everyone a look at what really happens at the supermarket!

This book had me laughing at what she went through and all the stupid things that people tried to pull. I
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Ginger
May 13, 2015 Ginger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Que dire de plus que : "Merci Anna"
J'y ai souvent songé et elle l'a fait. Travaillant dans la restoration rapide, le contact client est quotidien.
En moyenne je dit: 300 Bonjour; 300 Merci, bonne journée; 200 Avez la carte de fidelité....
A la fin de la journée je me perd dans mes phrases type. Je suis devenue un robot.
Mais c'est sans compter sur les clients. Les pires vous font aimer les meilleurs.
Et a force de subir, vous devenez (ou au moin esperez) le meilleur client du monde.
Je n'oubli jamai
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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
Ninon
Oct 16, 2015 Ninon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporain
Des chroniques qui m'ont parfois rappelé des souvenirs de vacances lorsque j'étais caissière pour me faire un peu d'argent de poche. Pas mal de vrai, d'expériences vécues et de sentiments connus, j'ai compatis plusieurs fois avec l'auteur.

Hormis ce sentiment de déjà-vu je n'ai pas trouvé toutes les anecdotes aussi vivantes, prenantes ou aussi bien construites que les autres. C'est une lecture rapide, facile et distrayante que je recommanderai à tous les clients n'ayant jamais expérimenté ce méti
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Polly Halicki
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Entertaining, in a snarky kind of way. I found the writing style to be all over the place, with emphasis placed on what were in my opinion the less interesting parts of working behind a cash register. For example, there was a whole diatribe on the different uniforms or outfits necessary to the job, with not enough about the variety of customers, etc. I would not recommend this book as it seemed to miss the boat in many different way
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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
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Outis
Feb 11, 2009 Outis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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
Janne Varvára
May 07, 2010 Janne Varvára rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, humour
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
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Leah
Dec 05, 2009 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Carole
Feb 28, 2016 Carole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anna-sam, humour
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
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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
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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
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