I went out with my extended family last night and somehow we got on the topic of my mom getting some very rude service from a cashier at a local grocery store. Apparently, as she began putting her items on the belt, the cashier told her, “Get back! Get back!”. Now, my mom is very hard of hearing and this confused her. By this time, the cashier was saying it in a very loud voice and other customers were looking. My mom says she asked what she had done wrong and the cashier began to berrate her saying that the customer who had been before her was running to another part of the store to pick another item. Keep in mind that when my mom got in line, there were no other customers in sight, no other items on the belt, and she had no idea that another customer would be coming back to get in front of her.
My mom picked up all her items and put them back in the cart, wheeled to another cashier, and finished her transaction. I told her that if it had been me, I would have left it all there and walked out….no way on earth I’d spend a dime in a store that treated me that way. There are many other ways that cashier could have communicated with compassion. Now, interactions like this don’t happen to us every day. But, when they do, what’s the best way to react?
As I thought about it, I decided that I’d like the ability to write someone up for poor behavior when this happens. According to common law in many states, citizen’s arrest is still legal if undue force is not used. In fact, if you see a felony being committed, you can make a citizen’s arrest and deliver the offender to the nearest law enforcement official. While I’m not a lawyer and certainly am not authorizing arresting just anyone on the street, I love the concept that we, as citizens, can hold people accountable. Why not in a store or workplace? I want to be able to make a “citizen’s corrective action”.
I want the ability to write people up in their workplace when their work performance is out of line. I would write down specifics of the behavior, give the employee a copy, and turn a copy in to their manager. Then, the manager could make a determination if the employee acted appropriately or not and take action if necessary.
What do you think? Would you do this? Why or why not?