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1

a store employee who takes the money for things that a customer buys
and provides a receipt

The..... at this market
are usually pretty friendly, but this one must have been having a hard day.

* The cashier said he couldn’t help me with the clothes I wanted to buy because
he works only in the shoe department.

2

a narrow (small and long) area in a grocery store where shoppers stand in
a line to wait for a cashier to help them make their purchases

Cashier: Excuse me, sir, this ....is for 15 items or less. It looks like you have
more than that.
Yong: No, actually I have exactly 15. I have some coupons, too.

* I wanted to use the express lane at the grocery store, but in that lane, people
can pay only with cash and I needed to use a credit card.

3

a restriction at express (fast) checkout lanes at a grocery
store, meaning that only people buying 15 or fewer items may use that lane
* Mindy became very angry when she saw that the woman in front of her had

Cashier: Excuse me, sir, this lane is for...... It looks like you have
more than that.
Yong: No, actually I have exactly 15. I have some coupons, too.

* Mindy became very angry when she saw that the woman in front of her had at
least 20 items in her basket, even though the sign clearly said, “15 items or less.”

4

– a small piece of paper usually cut from an advertisement or a
newspaper that gives a shopper a lower price on a particular item

Cashier: Excuse me, sir, this lane is for 15 items or less. It looks like you have
more than that.
Yong: No, actually I have exactly 15. I have some ....., too.

* Brice found a coupon for $0.35 off his favorite brand of shampoo in the
magazine.

5

– a wide band of rubber (soft plastic) that moves along the counter at a
checkout lane to move groceries from the end where the shopper is taking items
from their cart to the other end where the cashier is checking prices

Cashier: Excuse me, sir, this lane is for 15 items or less. It looks like you have
more than that.
Yong: No, actually I have exactly 15. I have some coupons, too.
Cashier: Just put those down on the .....and push the cart through, please.


* Please don’t let your child play with the belt! His fingers might get caught
underneath it and I don’t want him to get hurt.

6

– a large basket with wheels and a handle that is pushed through a store by
a shopper, who fills it with the items that he or she wants to purchase

Cashier: Excuse me, sir, this lane is for 15 items or less. It looks like you have
more than that.
Yong: No, actually I have exactly 15. I have some coupons, too.
Cashier: Just put those down on the belt and push the......through, please.

* Every time I go to the grocery store, I get a cart that has broken wheels!

7

for each pound (one pound is approximately 2.2 kilograms)

Cashier: Just put those down on the belt and push the cart through, please.
Yong: Okay. Can you tell me how much these potatoes are ..... pound?
Cashier: I’ll have to do a price check. Do you have a club card?

* In the early summer, strawberries are very inexpensive, but in the winter, they
can cost up to $5 per poun

8

an employee in a store asking or finding out the price of
something for a customer

Cashier: Just put those down on the belt and push the cart through, please.
Yong: Okay. Can you tell me how much these potatoes are per pound?
Cashier: I’ll have to do a ...... Do you have a club card?

I thought the TV was on sale, but the cashier’s computer showed that it cost
more than $500, so I asked her to do a price check to make sure.

9

a membership card that gives shoppers lower prices on many items

Cashier: Just put those down on the belt and push the cart through, please.
Yong: Okay. Can you tell me how much these potatoes are per pound?
Cashier: I’ll have to do a price check. Do you have a .....?
* With a club card, my favorite ice cream is only $1.50 this week.

10

to quickly move one’s card through an electronic machine that gets
information from the card about the cards’ owners and their accounts

Cashier: I’ll have to do a price check. Do you have a club card?
Yong: Yes, here it is.
Cashier: ...... it through the machine, sir. Your total is $47.52. Debit or credit?

* I swiped my credit card four times, but the machine couldn’t read it, so the
cashier had to type in the account number by hand.

11

a type of card that deducts money directly from a person’s checking
account; to take money out of an account

Cashier: Swipe it through the machine, sir. Your total is $47.52. .....or credit?
Yong: ...... Could I get cash back?

* He tried paying for his purchase with his debit card, but the computer told the
cashier that he didn’t have enough money in his account.

12

– a type of card that connects to a credit card account and allows a person
to buy something now and pay for it later


Cashier: Swipe it through the machine, sir. Your total is $47.52. Debit or .....?
Yong: Debit. Could I get cash back?




* When I got my first credit card, my father warmed me that if I don’t pay the
entire credit card bill every month, I’d have to pay a lot of interest.

13

money in cash (dollars and coins) that one receives at the end of a
debit-card transaction by adding that amount to the total amount of the purchase

Cashier: Swipe it through the machine, sir. Your total is $47.52. .....or credit?
Yong: Debit. Could I get ....?
* Going to the bank to get cash is inconvenient, so we usually ask for cash back
at the grocery store instead

14

– a phrase used by grocery store cashiers or baggers to ask
shoppers if they would prefer to have their purchases placed in paper or plastic
bags

Cashier: ......?
Yong: Paper, please.

* When the cashier asked, “Paper or plastic?” Sharon pointed to the cloth bags
that she had brought from home and asked them to put her items in those
instead

15

a newspaper with scandalous (shocking) stories about unusual events
or famous people, usually which cannot or should not be believed

Cashier: Paper or plastic?
Yong: Paper, please.
Cashier: Are these ......yours, too?
Yong: Uh, yes, those magazines are mine.

* Reading the tabloids is a waste of time. Why don’t you read about world news
instead?

16

a phrase used by grocery store cashiers to ask
shoppers if they want someone to help them carry their purchases to their car

Cashier: Are these tabloids yours, too?
Yong: Uh, yes, those magazines are mine.
Cashier: Do you need .....?
Yong: No, I’m fine. Thanks.

* The cashier asked me if I needed any help out, but I said “no” because I only
had one small bag of groceries.

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