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24 March 2010 @ 01:33 pm
I don't normally look very closely at my receipts, but today I'm submitting some for reimbursement, so I noticed that the top of a Walgreens receipt reads: "I'm JOSEPHINE. Thank you for allowing me to serve you today."

Now, okay, fine, this means I can call and mention the cashier by name if I need to or if I have questions. Fine. But allowing me to serve you? Really? Couldn't you hold your employees in at least a little more esteem than that?

Or am I overreacting? How does that phrase strike you?
I'm feeling: curiouscurious
Renata Piper: chinook wawa chickenlyonesse on March 24th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
yup, that's over the top.
Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on March 24th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)

I think that's very insulting. Slaves aren't supposed to have names or refer to themselves. It clearly should have read: "This one is grateful for being allowed to serve you".

I'm a True Master Customer(TM)
An Arthur Dent waiting to happen: Consumer Whorebeldar on March 24th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
I must remember that workers at Walgreens are my slaves! Why was I doing my own carrying of stuff up to the register? Must rectify that next time. =)
kinesthetic chutzpahdilletante on March 24th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
... very japanese?
D. Fennelfennel on March 24th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
My response is "Why does my receipt have a name?"

But yeah, it's an insulting phrase to put in someone else's mouth.
born from jets!!!catness on March 24th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
My uninformed belief is that no, Walgreen's doesn't care much about their employees (and really, most companies don't). The fake obsequiousness really bugs me, too.
crouchback on March 24th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
We're in a depression, and management is taking advantage of it to shove labor around as much as possible.

mr_privacy on March 24th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
At least it doesn't say "service you."

lazyzlazyz on March 24th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
I think they learned to talk in congress.
emily: dohshut_it_already on March 24th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
Call me contrarian, but I don't find it insulting. Perhaps not terribly accurate, but not insulting.

Would you react less strongly if it were worded more passively? e.g. "Thank you for allowing me to be of service today."
Scheherazade is my patron saint.a_kosmos on March 25th, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)
I'm suddenly imagining a BDSM Walgreens. That could be interesting.
drwexdrwex on March 25th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
No you're not overreacting, I think. It feels downright creepy to me in both its subservience and its overt falsehood.