Walmart - Testing cashiers for adherance to store policies and procedures
Along comes a different employee with wad of cash in her hand. She approaches what appears to be a shopper with a shopping cart and hands her the money, the employee comments that there is $400. The employee tells the shopper to spend about $200 in 2 different purchases to go through the cash registers. She further instructs her to place merchandise on the bottom rack of the cart and to insert other goods inside packaging. The shopper picks up 4 bras, leaves 2 empty boxes at the fitting room desk and inserts a bra each into the remaining boxes so that each box has double the merchandise. The final instruction the shopper receives is to advise security by telephone prior to going through two specific check-out lines so that the camera can be trained on the cashier. The shopper in question demonstrated that she was an old hand in selecting merchandise to go through the cash and has done this before.
Each of the two cashes had long lines and eventually, the shopper was going through the first of the two cash lines as I was leaving the store.
What I concluded is that the cashiers who were probably new were being tested to make sure internal policies were being followed by checking the bottom of the cart for unpaid merchandise and that boxes not sealed were opened to check that the contents matched what was supposed to be in the box. I suspect this happens to all cashiers and perhaps if they fail, they get no more shifts.