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Checkout (2008)

by Anna Sam

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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 books. The lack of a narrative makes for a halting reading experience, and the repetitions that provide a common thread in the blog posts become obtrusive when lined up in a book, especially if it's a slim volume like this one. This non-taxing read will only take you a few hours to get through, so it's ideal for an afternoon at the beach. ( )
  fist | Jan 18, 2012 |
Sarebbero due stelline e mezzo (tre e mezzo con il nuovo metodo di giudizio a 5 stelle), perchè l'idea è buona e divertente. Lo apprezzerete se avete vissuto sulla vostra pelle cosa voglia dire fare la cassiera (di un supermercato, ma anche di qualsiasi altro negozio, meglio se appartenente ad una grossa catena). Altrimenti troverete forse tutto un po' esagerato, ma credetemi, non lo è!
Il problema è che se invece avete fatto le cassiere/i (o se siete fortunati, ci lavorate ancora), le vostre storie personali saranno dieci volte più divertenti e quindi non vi rimarrà che un lieve senso di de jàvù (lo so, gli accenti son sbagliati, ma gli altri non li trovavo) e un po' d'amaro in bocca. ( )
  RebeccaVegas | Dec 12, 2011 |
a great little book that i really enjoyed it brought back some memories of when i worked as a checkout girl a must read for anyone who has ever slaved over a till ( )
  kazimiera | Dec 9, 2010 |
Loved it - got it sent free from the publishers and I have to admit I wasn't expecting much. A great read that doesn't require much thinking. If you're sick of chick lit but still want a giggle, this is the book. I read it in 5 hours (probably would've been 3 if I'd read it straight through).

And if you think that working at the checkout is a piece of cake...think again. ( )
  svh_mad | Nov 8, 2009 |
Blog made into a book so it is a selection of a series of episodes based on observations of the author when she worked at the check-out of a large supermarket. Wry and witty by turns. I will be much more cautious about what I say and do at the check-out. ( )
  velojlp | Jan 17, 2009 |
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Pour mon frère Gwenael,
j'aurais aimé partager ce livre avec toi.
Pour toutes celles et ceux qui, un jour, se sont retrouvés derrière une caisse.
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Je m'appelle Anna, j'ai vingt-huit ans, un diplôme universitaire littéraire en poche et une expérience de la vie à la fois particulière et banale.
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Anna Sam spent 8 years as a checkout girl. This book 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-watching and encounters with every kind of customer from the bizarre to the downright rude.… (more)

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