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Work Frustrations

So, this is about my museum job rather than the comic shop (I know, tough to keep straight sometimes. Silly two jobs necessary for survival!). I'm going to not go into too many details because I don't want this getting back to said museum, and me getting shit about it.

Recently we were told that if a visitor asks, we have to give them our first name, no matter what. This was explained with a simple: "If you're doing a good job, then you shouldn't have to worry about them having your name." Sure, makes sense, if I'm good at my job and someone asks about my name it's just so they can fill out a positive comment form, right? Or even a negative one if maybe I wasn't so good at my job that day?* Okay. Regardless it should only have an effect on my work life, right?

Ummmm. Maybe not. See, because here's the thing, as a cashier my last name is printed on the top of every receipt. So, if someone asks me for my first name then they have my entire name, plus where I work. Someone who really wants to find you doesn't need much more than that than to track you down on the internet. Both my first and last name are pretty common, and you can still find me online pretty easily if you add my city to the search, and I'm sure knowing where I work could make it even easier.


Today I had a guy who immediately asked me what my name was, and I had to give it to him. He was generally creepy, asking where I lived and similar stalker-ish questions. Thanks to this policy he is now in possession of my full name. Thankfully, I don't think he'll do anything with it, he didn't seem like that much of a creep but still, if he wanted to use it to find me outside of work? He could.

The whole things is really squicky to me, and I would be comfortable if the policy was— only provide first name when asked if it relates to museum business or if only my first name and maybe an initial was printed on the receipt rather than my last. So, what does the hivemind think? Should I approach a supervisor with my concerns? (The two department heads who instated this policy are never on the floor, so I don't know how much they'll really get it, but there may be one supervisor who would really listen).

*Please think before you leave a negative comment form in situations like this. They really have a lot more of an effect than you think they do. Someone giving you a bit of an attitude is not a reason to have them put on probation, especially when you don't know what's going on in their own lives.

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