Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

IT’S time for a shop­ping grump.

Go into any home­wares, manch­ester or dis­count shop, walk through the aisles and look for an as­sis­tant.

You might find one, but she is busy with an­other cus­tomer.

Then when the time comes to pay, there is only one per­son at the ser­vice counter and a wait­ing queue.

An­other shop­ping grump about tills.

The price reg­is­tered there is of­ten dif­fer­ent to the price dis­played on a ‘sale’ item.

In other words, the till reg­is­ter was not ad­justed.

So the un­wary cus­tomer pays the usual cost for the prod­uct, not the dis­count price.

None of th­ese com­plaints re­flect on the good ser­vice of the em­ploy­ees.

My grump is with the man­agers and CEOs who could well em­ploy ex­tra staff and choose not to do so.

The rea­son given by big busi­ness is that the Aus­tralian wage is higher than over­seas.

How­ever, no men­tion is made of the ex­or­bi­tant prof­its made by those self-same com­pa­nies.

So the merry-go-round of job short­ages con­tin­ues. J. POMMERIN, Safety Bay. is

ELISA OS­BORNE, Wan­neroo.

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