That "seasonal" job at the bookstore is finally over

Eugene, Oregon
January 12, 2018 3:15pm CST
It was just a month and I did earn more than enough to pay for the for the tickets for the flight to San Antonio, so it was a good thing overall. Standing on my feet as a cashier for two or three hours, taking a fifteen minute break and then another two hours was less than fun, however. I did get a great book discount and managed to buy only four, I think. With the exception of one person, everyone in the store was very nice and helpful, including the manager and assistant. It was an experiment and one that I won't try again. Nice to be retired!
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• Peoria, Arizona
12 Jan
That is great that you earn enough money for your trip! Dang, a fifteen-minute break? I was lucky to get 2 without getting yelled at haha
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Jan
Laws are pretty strict now, one 15 minute break in four hours, and a 30 minute meal break in five.
@TRBRocks420 (81237)
• Banks, Oregon
12 Jan
Glad to hear you made plenty of money for your trip.
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Jan
Yes, I am putting it all on that credit card where I paid for the tickets.
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• Pamplona, Spain
12 Jan
Must have been fun but tiring to a point at least it would have been for me. Glad you could make enough money to get your Tickets to go there and a few books into the bargain. Enjoy your flight and stay over there.
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Jan
It will be fun. My wife has an art quilting conference there and I lived there as a kid and have not been there since the 1950s.
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• Pamplona, Spain
13 Jan
@JamesHxstatic Very original that and I hope it goes really well for you and her. You will have a great time for sure and can go and revisit places you have not seen in a long long time.
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Jan
@lovinangelsinstead21 Thank you! I am looking forward to the trip and she is too.
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan
Vince went back to his old workplace once or twice to relieve in a position but then decided enough was enough. Like you, he enjoys being retired.
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Jan
There is such freedom in retirement
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
@JamesHxstatic And you need to be free to consider any acting opportunities that come your way.
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Jan
@JudyEv True and a local gay director wants me to be a Mafia Don in his new movie.
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@NJChicaa (45010)
• United States
12 Jan
I stand for many hours a day as a teacher and am constantly walking all over.
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Jan
I can imagine. Walking around some would have been better, just standing in front of that register for hours was boring and tiring as well.
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@NJChicaa (45010)
• United States
12 Jan
@JamesHxstatic I understand. When I worked retail I was assigned to the register but go out from behind it when things were slow to refill clothes and restock.
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Jan
@NJChicaa Yes, I have done that too when I worked at the bird seed store.
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@db20747 (9216)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
27 Feb
How was the pay?? Now that brings back good memories of those good ole working days!!!
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• Eugene, Oregon
27 Feb
It was over minimum wage which was good, but standing in one spot so long was difficult.
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@db20747 (9216)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
27 Feb
@JamesHxstatic yes, that would hurt by back! I like to move around!!!
@gaianoor (1144)
• Tirana, Albania
14 Jan
At least you got what you wanted, i`m sure you will forget everything as soon as you land in San Antonio
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• Eugene, Oregon
14 Jan
Oh, I already forgot, nothing to dwell on.
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@gaianoor (1144)
• Tirana, Albania
14 Jan
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@amadeo (70794)
• United States
12 Jan
yes nice to be retired.enjoy your trip to San Antonio.
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Jan
We will, I'm sure. It is in mid-April, so should not be too hot.
@amadeo (70794)
• United States
13 Jan
@JamesHxstatic you will be fine there James
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@just4him (124505)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jan
It's good it helped do what you intended, and proved you won't be doing it again. I agree, retirement has its merits.
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Jan
It really does. I have worked two part time jobs since retiring, besides occasional acting jobs. The acting is a lot more fun.
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@just4him (124505)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jan
@JamesHxstatic I'm sure it is. Are you with a community theater?
@sallypup (28078)
• Moses Lake, Washington
12 Jan
That's good that you at least have the plane tickets paid for.
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Jan
Yes that is good thing. I know that meals, etc will be spendy.
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@sallypup (28078)
• Moses Lake, Washington
13 Jan
@JamesHxstatic Go have a good time!
@maezee (33030)
• United States
13 Jan
Glad things went well. And you only bought 4! That is sure impressive.
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Jan
It was not easy with that 30% discount on top of sale prices.
@lovebuglena (6864)
• Staten Island, New York
13 Jan
I've never worked at a bookstore. Perhaps that would be something I'd enjoy as I love books. Also, standing behind the register is a bit fun as you get to count money.
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Jan
You can be a both a cashier and a bookseller as well with training.
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@Kandae11 (40402)
13 Jan
I am glad you got something out of it. Wonder what was that other person's problem.
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Jan
Hard to say, but she is quite abrasive and I again told the manager that before I left. One employee said that I was not the first person to say she is difficult.
• China
13 Jan
Now you will have more time to play ping-pong or help your wife with some household chores,because she must have received more orders for art quilts than before.
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Jan
I hope that she does. She is willing to take orders.
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• United States
13 Jan
Standing that long would kill me especially with all my knee problems . At least you gave it a try and the people were nice
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Jan
Yes, I knew that it was going to end mid-January, so no surprises.
@dodo19 (33319)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
12 Jan
At least you were able to get enough for your trip. So, that's a plus.
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Jan
Yes that is what prompted me to take the job.
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@JohnRoberts (61409)
• Los Angeles, California
12 Jan
Well, you picked up some extra "change" for your efforts.
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Jan
That I did, John.
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@xFiacre (4829)
• Ireland
12 Jan
@jameshxstatic I’d love to work in a bookstore but I’d have to buy lots of books. I’m a sucker for books. Glad you enjoyed it.
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Jan
Yes, I had to avert my eyes from all the titles that tempted me.
@marlina (76827)
• Canada
13 Jan
It is WONDERFUL to be retired.
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@LadyDuck (171600)
• Switzerland
13 Jan
I am glad it's over James, you made enough, you had a new experience and you know that it's not something worth doing again. As you say, it's nice to be retired.
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