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Tribulations of a Checkout Girl


Don’t get lippy with the checkout girl next time you are in the supermarket buying your groceries – she might be blogging about you or even putting it into a book. Great article in the Daily Telegraph about French checkout girl Anna Sam and her book Les Tribulations d’une Caissiere.

By chronicling her experiences with wit and eloquence, Sam has become an unlikely literary success. Her book, The Tribulations of a Checkout Girl, has sold 100,000 copies in France so far, and is set to be published all over the world, including the UK, later this year. There is a French film in the pipeline, a play, a comic strip and – this last bit she finds impossible to say without a gurgle of pleasure – “even ‘ollywood” has expressed an interest.

It’s a thankless job – I’m sure you see the good, the bad and the ugly.

UPDATE (24 July) – NPR in the US covered this story yesterday. The English version of this book has been published now and it is called Checkout: A Life on the Tills.

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