No 'passion gap', supermarket staff told

2011-02-02 10:10
Cape Town - Employees at a supermarket in Big Bay, Bloubergstrand, have been instructed to come to work with a full set of teeth, or show proof that they are planning to get false teeth if they are missing some.

This controversial warning was stuck up at a staff entrance at Checkers in Seaside Village last year. It stated the regulation would be valid from October 27.

The notice was taken down by an unknown person and spread around.

An employee who preferred to remain anonymous, said on Tuesday the notice had caught employees off guard.


"When we got to work, the notice was there. Some of the people were very upset because it's not cheap to have new teeth made. Those who didn't have front teeth, had to leave the shop."

She saw how one of her colleagues who didn't have front teeth, came out of the shop manager's office, visibly upset.

This colleague and another who also had some teeth missing, were allowed back into the shop after the conversation.

But they apparently also had to show proof from a dentist or people manufacturing false teeth that they were planning to get new teeth.

It is apparently not the cashiers who are missing teeth, but the employees who help customers in the shop aisles, said another employee, who also wanted to remain anonymous.

"We think some of the people who came shopping complained about the way in which some people speak."

Customers apparently couldn't hear the answers when they were asked what the price of an item was.

Staff notice

Shoprite Checkers spokesperson Sarita van Wyk, confirmed the "staff notice" was put up last year at the shop.

"The notice was put up for a short while last year after an internal agreement was reached with the staff at this branch.

"They agreed to this amongst themselves."

It was only valid at this specific branch.

A similar notice was put up in a Shoprite supermarket in Woodstock, Cape Town, last year.

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