I’m so happy to finally have a job again, even if it’s part-time. BUT I was told that part of my time would be working the cash register. My mind does not handle numbers at ALL. I try so hard to relax and do simple math to help myself not become panicked, but this doesn’t help at all. I’m very fearful that I will get behind that cash register, with a long line of people waiting for me to complete transactions, and I see myself giving wrong change, forgetting the prices for a carton of milk, the day’s Lunch Special, even getting confused as to what I have already tallied into the cash register. I’ve tried practicing on the computer with cash register games (yes, I know, it sounds childish and bizarre, but again I’m desperate to learn before the job starts) and I couldn’t even manage to do these simple games.
Is there anyone else with this problem with numbers, and if so, were you somehow able to overcome this?
No need to have math fears. How are you on the computer? Hardly anyone uses manual calculations anymore. You will learn by repetition and will likely be punching buttons for milk, al la cart items, etc. The register will add sales tax and tell you how much change to give your customer.
Further many school cafeterias are on a cash free system where students use their ID #’s to pay with funds already loaded into their accounts. This is like using a debit card without the card.
Just in case you run into a pickle, I’d pick up a small pocket size calulator that you can pull out. Have no fear, you can do this!!