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Is cashiering wimmen's work at TJ's?

Just wondering how it is in your area? Just got back from a TJ's run and can't help but notice certain ongoing things. Tonight it was really interesting. There were two motherly type cashiers with small lines waiting for them. A young male was standing at his register even though the sign said "closed". Two young male customers with only three items walked past and the male TJ's employee called out "oh I'm not really closed!" He quickly rung them up but when I approached he looked at my way too full cart and laughed and said "I think she's gonna have to take you", indicating the female cashier a few registers over. I went over and as the woman was ringing me up the young male slipped away looking very pleased with himself.
I've noticed over a period of years that the female employees seem chained to their registers. I try not to go right before closing but when I do, often a male employee will open up a register just to ring up TJ's employees while we mere customers stand in a longer line. There may be a reason for that. I know the announcement is made about ten of nine or so that now is the time for TJ's employees to shop and maybe they want to get them back to work fast.
Working at TJ's seems funner and easier if you are one of the kewl kids though. Maybe it's just my location?

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  1. It might just be your location. I'm in the Boston area, and the cashiers at my local TJs are a mix of men and women. There are also enough people from various backgrounds and age groups so that the kewl kid vibe doesn't dominate, at least in my opinion. If anything, there's a dork factor hanging in the air, which is just fine with me.

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    1. re: Cachetes

      Thanks cachetes and chez. I gotta love dorks cachetes seeing as how I am a huge dork myself. :)

    2. nope. both genders equally represented on the registers at my joe's.

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      1. re: chez cherie

        ditto for TJ's in NYC. However, one cashier complained to me that his girlfriend worked in the dairy section and was forced to stock heavy boxes of milk cartons. He said his girlfriend was yelled at for not going fast enough, and that he wished the bigger guys like him could stock the milk so his girlfriend could work the less (physically) strenuous checkout line.

      2. Perhaps those particular 'cool kids' have had more practice shirking and less practice working. Sadly, this may help them get ahead in the corporate world -- or just make them unemployed in the short run.

        [citation: http://bit.ly/leJ3VY, go to one of the later pages and grep for 'coolie'

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        At the one near home, everyone seems to scurry industriously (cool kids, cool kids whose jobs were gotten by parental connections, older women, older men, everything in between), but I haven't gone near closing time.

        1. I was at the Jenkintown, PA location Saturday, and they had both men and women taking on cartloads of all sizes.

          1. My wifes son works at TJs, and one of the things he likes about it is that each employee splits each shift between stocking, working the register, and other store functions. It's about as egalitarian as you're likely to find.

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            1. re: laststandchili

              Nice. Maybe it is just my location or the times that I go.

            2. I'm near San Diego, and it seems like a mix to me, though I do see more older women than older men...maybe a part time job?

              1. The one I go to seems to have mostly middle aged men, who are one nicer than the other (of course!).