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    Sign at Wegmans draws attention

    It’s a first for Wegmans in this area. They’ve put up a sign asking customers buying pork or alcohol not to use a particular checkout line when a Muslim teenager is on duty as the cashier.The sign went up a week ago at their Lyell Avenue store.Wegmans says they haven’t gotten any in store complaints and Wegmans was very upfront about the cashier. They just wouldn’t allow us in the store to talk with her or customers.Spokeswoman Jo Natale says the cashier is a teenaged girl who wears a head covering. She told her supervisor she was uncomfortable handling those items because of religious reasons. So the store manager who had experience with this type of situation outside of Rochester decided to put up a small sign whenever the girl was at the checkout counter.It says, “If your order contains pork or alcohol product, we respectfully ask that you choose another lane.”
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    I'm a native of the Rochester area. My family has been shopping at Wegmans since the size of each location amounted to a mom-and-pop operation, long before these gigantic stores started opening. I like Wegmans as a grocery store, and I like them as an employer. I've never worked for Wegmans, but I know many who have and all of them had wonderful things to say about Wegmans.

    As such, this doesn't surprise me at all, and I think it's fantastic. It wasn't extorted out of Wegmans in a courtroom, it wasn't done under threat of extortion. She had a simple request, and for a variety of reasons the management employed a tactic which had been used successfully elsewhere.

    As far as I'm concerned, this is just as acceptable as having an express check-out lane. Wegmans being the kind of operation it is, if this actually causes a significant delay for customers (and I doubt it will), all they have to do is open up an additional check-out. Managers do it all the time when it gets busy.
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    Re: Sign at Wegmans draws attention

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
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    I'm a native of the Rochester area. My family has been shopping at Wegmans since the size of each location amounted to a mom-and-pop operation, long before these gigantic stores started opening. I like Wegmans as a grocery store, and I like them as an employer. I've never worked for Wegmans, but I know many who have and all of them had wonderful things to say about Wegmans.

    As such, this doesn't surprise me at all, and I think it's fantastic. It wasn't extorted out of Wegmans in a courtroom, it wasn't done under threat of extortion. She had a simple request, and for a variety of reasons the management employed a tactic which had been used successfully elsewhere.

    As far as I'm concerned, this is just as acceptable as having an express check-out lane. Wegmans being the kind of operation it is, if this actually causes a significant delay for customers (and I doubt it will), all they have to do is open up an additional check-out. Managers do it all the time when it gets busy.
    Heartwarming, actually. This is the way most of these things should be worked out.
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    Re: Sign at Wegmans draws attention

    It's fine. Glad to see people are still capable of finding a reasonable solution to a problem without turning to government or making a media frenzy out of it.

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    Re: Sign at Wegmans draws attention

    I appreciate the calm and logical posting.

    I live in Mormon country and coke, alcohol and coffee are forbidden. I've never seen this type of accommodation for an employee but while it seems a bit overboard, it's also kind of cool.

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    Re: Sign at Wegmans draws attention

    Weird the things that happen when compromise is exercised in a calm and friendly manner. It could have gone a number of ways, some American Immans have ruled that as long as the pork or liquor doesn't pass a Muslim's lips they are OK. Another ruling said it is ok because the pork/booze is sealed and not in direct contact.

    But nice to see people are willing to respect each other enough to get along.

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    Re: Sign at Wegmans draws attention

    Wegman's really doesn't mess around. It's been a pillar of the Rochester community for a long time. This kind of thing reminds me why. Well played, guys.
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    Re: Sign at Wegmans draws attention

    sorry to be the contrarian here, but I think this is absolutely ridiculous.

    as a Jew, if I had problems touching a box or plastic package with pork or shellfish inside it, I would NOT work at a store that sold pork or shellfish.

    I think this girl is wrong to ask to not have to handle pork or alcohol containing packages, and the store is even more wrong in enabling such an attitude of entitlement.

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    Re: Sign at Wegmans draws attention

    I lived in Rochester for years....and actually used to frequent this location (there are several Wegmans in the city). I will also agree that it's a very good company, and this action makes me smile.

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    Re: Sign at Wegmans draws attention

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    sorry to be the contrarian here, but I think this is absolutely ridiculous.

    as a Jew, if I had problems touching a box or plastic package with pork or shellfish inside it, I would NOT work at a store that sold pork.

    I think this girl is wrong to ask to not have to handle pork containing packages, and the store is even more wrong in enabling such an attitude of entitlement.

    ugggg.
    This is absolutely no different than asking for Sundays off so you can go to church.

    You, as an employee, are free to ask for anything you want which would make your job easier or more enjoyable -- different hours, better pay, transfer to a different department, and so on. The request isn't what defines you as a person so much as what you do if your request is denied.
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    Re: Sign at Wegmans draws attention

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    sorry to be the contrarian here, but I think this is absolutely ridiculous.

    as a Jew, if I had problems touching a box or plastic package with pork or shellfish inside it, I would NOT work at a store that sold pork or shellfish.

    I think this girl is wrong to ask to not have to handle pork or alcohol containing packages, and the store is even more wrong in enabling such an attitude of entitlement.


    ugggg.
    Likely, I would have done the same thing. Just as I tried to give my Christian employees Xmas off.

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