Yes, you read that right: a California judge. This decision was handed down in the land of top-shelf, forward-thinking employee rights! As California's Press-Enterprise reports, cashiers are not entitled to seats:
Late last week a judge ruled that a cashiering job at CVS does not "reasonably permit the use of a seat." For its part, CVS claimed a cashier who sat down couldn't provide the same level of customer service as one on her or his feet.
Cashiers in Europe regularly perform their jobs while sitting.
Ah, those crazy Europeans with all their socialistic sitting-while-working and dysfunctional monetary unions. Who thought that getting a group of distinct European countries to give up their currencies and to agree on ANYTHING would work? Hello!? Everyone in Europe sit down and take a deep breath, okay?
But back to the story. So why not let cashiers sit while working? Do they have a "reasonable right" to a chair? Hmm. I'm going to have to sit on this idea for awhile. From a customer perspective, though, it wouldn't bug me to see a cashier sitting on a stool as long as he or she is still working diligently to ring up customers. I'll admit to sometimes feeling badly for the exhausted-looking older employee who is bent over the register scanning coupons that won't scan amid a line 20-deep of impatient customers. Could someone go back to Housewares and grab this nice lady a stool, please? In some cases, offering a cashier a chair might be a subtle spot of employee goodwill and good, localized PR. Then again, sitting-while-scanning could lead to back injuries and painful muscle pulls, so there could be risks for employers.
Maybe we all need to take a load off, however, because The Atlantic claims that continual talk of the raging obesity epidemic is turning the average white-collar employee into an obsessed exercise freak who can't sit anymore. Of course, the treadmill-as-desk is barely moving because it's hard to type while walking, isn't it? Stand in the place where you work, and wonder why you haven't before. Just don't trip on the treadmill, or walk into a wall while texting. Now face North.