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My sixteen year old daughter just got a job at banana republic as a cashier. They had scheduled her hours for two days to work and she offered on the phone to help out extra. So the manager called her in a day before her first scheduled day to work to do the extra help my daughter volunteered to work. The manager handed my daughter a cleaning solutions and told her to wipe the entire store and then vaccum. I was surprised when my daughter came home and told me thats what she did on her first day of work. Is this normal? I mean I would think Banana Republic would be rich enough to hire their own cleaning service, but I mean what do you think? Considering she is a minor with asthma and got the job as a cashier? To red2queen, my daughter wasnt even handed gloves! she just had the solution and the towels and did the entire store while her other co-workers did other tasks.

Asked By: Ap N - 7/6/2008
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I was a cashier for six years, re-hired on and off at Godiva Chocolatiers, which proves I was excellent employee and in the field of retail sales to boot! At my very first retail job, I was hired at the prestigious Barnes and Noble. I was making the least pay due to it being my first job and all, and my manager Kay... More
Answered By: red2queen - 7/6/2008
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that is her job if she is gettin paid for clean up she gettin paid for clean up or whatever as long as she gets a check right????
Answered By: nene - 7/6/2008
 
Yes, it is normal fo retail. In fact, vacuuming floors is a normal closing/mid-day duty. Cashiers are responsible for all aspects of the business and if the registers are not busy, they can/will make her do other things.
Answered By: Miss Saditty - 7/6/2008
 
Well...My first "real" job was at Nine West. As a Sales Associate, I was told my duties were 85% sales and 15% cleaning. And that was in 1996. I've taken on several part-time cashiering jobs since then, and the breakdown has been pretty much the same. +/- 5%. Hope this helps Mom.
Answered By: Hello Kimmie - 7/6/2008
 
A normal part of a retail job is helping to maintain the appearance of the store.
Answered By: Dandel - 7/6/2008
 
I think that is so wrong, but I think that was part of the cashier job to clean
Answered By: kimberly_stricklin - 7/6/2008
 
My Fiance is a Floor Manager for a large retail store... More
Answered By: Megs - 7/6/2008
 
I worked at a similar store years ago and we had to vacuum, dust and clean windows. That store hardly ever had anyone come unless the carpets got filthy. I think what she did was ok except she could have told her in advance so she wouldn't ruin her nice clothes... More
Answered By: TabtashaAsks - 7/6/2008
 
I would not be concerned. I was a manager for 11 years on retail. It is very common to bring on the new peron, and on their first day, just do their paperwork and show them store maintenance. Since she doesn't have experience on the register or anywhere else yet, it is not a surprise they asked her to do this work... More
Answered By: Gothic Martha™ - 7/6/2008
 
Not only would that be normal, but it would give her a real chance to get to know the layout of the store w/o customers pressuring her. If she is above cleaning she needs to stay out of the retail and the food businesses.
Answered By: Landlord - 7/6/2008
 
Please tell me you're not so stuck-up you think she's above cleaning for her job. I have asthma too and I have no problems with cleaning be it at home, work, or anywhere else. Tell her to suck it up. She has a job and should be thankful. As for you mom, get your nose out of the air and realize work is work.
Answered By: KK - 7/6/2008
 
If she works at Target or Mervyns, she can learn a lot as a sales associates including cashier's duties. Then putting away stuff is part of a job. She doen't have to do only cleaning. She can't learn anything.
Answered By: Bela - 7/6/2008
 
The job of a cashier usually entails many basic chores around the store. Cashier is usually a title given to a entry level employee. I was a cashier at Trader Joe's for 6 months and my job also included cleaning, stocking, helping customers on the floor, moving heaving products, etc. Trader Joe's rotates their... More
Answered By: Erika - 7/6/2008
 
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