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Posted in: Foreign employees at Lawson claim unfair treatment such as forced sushi and Christmas cake purchases See in context

The article doesn't say if the clerk's contracts require them to meet sales targets or if the store owner simply pressures them into purchasing unsold items. Convenience store clerks are not actually salespeople responsible for 'selling' in the sales and marketing sense of the word. The stores rely on the goods to sell themselves, supported by marketing materials. Sales and marketing activity is handled by the store owners' decision-making about what to stock, and the support received from the franchisor and its suppliers. The clerk's responsibilities are mainly confined to operating the cash registers, restocking shelves, providing some security, and cleaning. This is just as well because convenience stores have enough difficulty hiring people who can handle these basic tasks, let alone those who have actual selling capability. Requiring clerks to purchase items to boost sales is unfair and exploitative and the store owners who do this are being dishonest about what they can reasonably expect of their staff, foreign or native. Those that engage in such exploitative practices deserve to be taught a lesson about the need to respect employer/employee boundaries.

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