I’ve been working at Target for almost six months as a cashier. At the time I got hired I was dirt broke and unemployed, so when I first got the job I was naturally overjoyed. Going in, I knew that it would be a big part of my job to push the damn Target credit cards, but I figured that it wouldn’t be too hard. Boy was I wrong!
As a cashier, you don’t have to push the REDCard, you have to sell the REDCard. Meaning that you have to basically beg all customers to please sell their souls to the Target devil. I’ll admit that it’s not impossible to get customers (I REFUSE to call those fiends “guests” when I am off the clock) to sign up for hell, but it is incredibly fatiguing and belittling. Normally, what I say usually goes like this:
As predicted I have been “let go” at the end of the season despite always showing up for work, never making any trouble, always being on time, always being polite to the “guest,” and complying with all of the ridiculous demands of the TLs, GSAs, GSTLs, LODs and everyone else with a power complex and nothing better to do then harass the other team members. I can’t say I’m too sad to have been let go though, because honestly this has to have been one of the worst job experiences I have ever had.
I loved knowing that every time I went into work somebody else was going to get on my ass for not following a rule for a job that I had never been trained on. I also loved knowing that all the team leads and GSTL’s were going to treat me like I was a moronic misbehaving child in front of the customers despite having done nothing wrong. Watching all of the team leads and their favorite team members get together and make fun of the other team members like they were still in fucking middle school was always a treat. And it’s great that my competency was what made the team leads hate me but also give me all the extra tasks at the same time.
I started at Target in Feb of 2011. I applied for the job because my girlfriend and I decided to move in together. When I first started everything was seriously perfect. I was just a simple cashier, working a relaxed schedule because of my schooling, and I adored the 2 GSTL’s. So as the months flew by, both of the above mentioned TL’s left and one of the GSA’s…I was a little torn up but I knew that they were only doing what was in their best interest. They quickly filled the spots for the GSTL’s, but then the former GSA said she REALLLY wanted me to take her spot. In the time I had started they trained me at the service desk and I would often cover their breaks and lunches (more on this later), so the idea of it seemed cool to me and I liked the thought of being “somewhat” in charge. Basically, they really made the job seem wonderful. I was about to realize what a mistake it was accepting GSA.. First of all, I want any cashiers thinking about wanting to be a GSA to understand something. You essentially do everything that a GSTL (a team leader) does except coach cashiers and do a shitload of paperwork. However, you are not paid ANYWHERE close to what they are paid. One of the GSTL’s at my store makes over $15/hr…I make $8.25. That’s literally almost half of what someone else makes to do almost the exact same job! To be fair, that GSTL DOES have a degree and is very intelligent…but try to decide in your head if you really think the expectations and duties of a GSA are worth such a low wage. Remember, you do pretty much everything a GSTL would do.
But that’s not all!