Have worked there for many years, and while there were rules for no food on the front end which makes sense, drinks were always permitted until recently. Every other employee in every other department throughout the store can easily leave their workstation unattended for bathroom, water fountain and smoking breaks and nearly all of them do so often. But cashiers can only leave at break time or customer traffic permitting, which sometimes leaves us waiting for an hour or more for a trip to the water fountain, which is unacceptable in light of the fact that no other employee in the store has that restriction.
Because of that and because a cashier's job requires excessive talking which is dehydrating to provide even basic customer courtesy, far more than any other job in the store, cashiers should at least be permitted to have bottled water at the registers. There are ample places to keep them out of customer sight and well away from the electronics at the front of the store at our workstations.
Additionally, one lady cashier is a diabetic and brings her temperature-sensitive medications in an insulated bag that she used to keep by her register with her. They recently told her that had to be stored in the common break room in the back of the store, well out of reach should she need it and well out of sight to supervise it and ensure it's not being tampered with or stolen.
Food Lion has been in business a long time, long enough to know what people need to do their jobs well. Water and our meds shouldn't be too much to ask for. So why is it?
Instead of allowing those who are working to get more hours, they insist on hiring more people, cutting those who want to work more hours back. We constantly fight for hours. There is no way one can live on 15 to 23 hours a work week. The overall management of the company does not care about it's associates. Moving up is impossible. Too much favoritism goes on. If you are not in the "in crowd" with the management, do not suck up to management, then you basically get little to no hours. I would not recommend.
Corporate management needs to come down to earth. Dist. Managers just come through and complain and gripe about any and everything. Associates do NOT receive credit for their good work, just complaints about what they have done wrong.