It never crossed my mind that this was a "career" job. Just a job for some kid to get a foot in the door in the working world and some pocket money while going to school. Anybody making a career in a supermarket was either going into management or learning a trade (like butcher).
I would have cashiered as well but back then, only girls were expected to do it. In fact, that was all girls ever did in a supermarket back then and the reason given was that they were "more honest and trustworthy" than the boys and thus could be trusted with handling money.
These were the 1970s - back when you could say things like that and not get hit with lawsuits and bad publicity.
I remember one boy (very effeminate) wanted to cashier and management was in a pickle with regard to what he should wear as they were very uptight with their dress codes at the time. At the time, the girls at the registers all wore pink jackets and the boys (doing everything else) wore blue jackets. Management wore deep red jackets. It must have been considered unthinkable to have a "blue jacket" running a register so the one boy was issued a managers red jacket to cashier with. Though I think the kid would have happily worn pink if he was allowed.
Yep. The majority of supermarket jobs are low-skill jobs that are for someone who wants a little extra income on nights or HS jobs. Unless you attempt to work your way up to, say, butcher or a department manager/supervisor or higher level position, it is not a career job to bag groceries, push carts, etc.
It’s actually very easy to move into a department manager (~40k/yr) or asst store manager (40-70k) to general manager (60-140k) of a grocery store with hard work. When I started as a cashier at the age of 20, I was promoted 6 times within 3 years. Even those that want to be a career, its not hard to move up. Beyond GM, you have DMs, Regional Directors/VPs and Zone VPs/SVPs. All with just hard work and being good at identifying and developing talent.
I know 2 career people making 80+grand/yr stocking shelves at S&S.
crazy....i always thought it a high school job.