I was hired in January 2014 at $8/hr. averaging about 15 hours/week. The store manager trained me, and the assistant manager constantly criticized me. If I did things the way the assistant manager wanted, the manager criticized me. I could not win no matter how hard I tried.
On my 8th day I was manning the only open register during a rush of customers. I worked as quickly & efficiently as possible to keep the line moving & to keep the customers happy. Both managers were on duty gossiping in the office & watching me on the monitor. I asked for help at one point, and the assistant manager gave me an attitude, rang up 2 customers and retreated back to the office.
Three hours into my shift, the assistant manager told me I was being "let go" for the following reasons:
1. I was not pushing the customers hard enough to buy 50¢ bags of chips... The store who sold the most of these bags of chips won $500 to split between employees. I politely offered the sale to each customer, but very few were interested. She falsely accused me of not mentioning the chips to the customers, and then accused me of being too flippant about the way I mentioned them to the customers. (Did I mention them or didn't I?) Her impression of my sales pitch was very different than my actual attitude and words.
2. I was incapable of being in two places at the same time... My job was to ring up customers & stock/straighten merchandise. I could not leave my register due to the high volume of customers checking out, therefore I could not tidy the shelves. I was expected to perform both jobs at the same time on two different ends of the store with no help. That night I averaged 90 seconds per customer. According to the chart in the office I was the fastest cashier that night.
Honestly I did the best I could. The reasons she gave me & their explanations were petty & made no sense. Maybe other stores are better, but I'd never recommend the store I worked at to ANYONE seeking employment.