A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from October 24, 2020
“Cashier: The self-checkout is available. Customer: I don’t work here.”

Many people don’t like self-checkout and would rather go to a cashier. “I don’t work here!” is a popular customer comment.

“No, I don’t want to self checkout. I don’t work here” was posted on Twitter by .C. Jones on April 18, 2011. “Her: Wanna go through the self checkout line? Me: Nah I don’t work here” was posted on Twitter by Marvin Jr. on May 17, 2015. “Target employee: Self checkout is open Me: oh sorry I don’t work here” was posted on Twitter by Cali Dan on July 15, 2017.

The line was possibly popularized by American stand-up comedian and actor Bill Burr. “At Subway...lady told me where the lids where...almost told her I don’t work here and that angry Bill Burr tone” was posted on Twitter by Vlad Larivaud on August 1, 2011. “@Becklopedia Took advise from Bill Burr. Never use the self check out. ‘I don’t work here’” was posted on Twitter by Strat Soldier on September 24, 2012.


Twitter
K.C. Jones
@KCandFaith
No, I don’t want to self checkout. I don’t work here.
1:19 PM · Apr 18, 2011·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Vlad Larivaud
@Mrdoalott
At Subway...lady told me where the lids where...almost told her I don’t work here and that angry Bill Burr tone
12:39 PM · Aug 1, 2011·MOTOBLUR

Twitter
Mike
@OhhhMustBeNice
Girl at the grocery store told me that the self checkout line was open. Told her that I don’t work here and I refuse to ring up my own stuff
2:37 PM · Dec 4, 2011·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Strat Soldier
@CyberDog2
@Becklopedia Took advise from Bill Burr. Never use the self check out. “I don’t work here.”
12:07 PM · Sep 24, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Katey Lynne
@Katey713
“@erguncaner: When they ask you in the Grocery Store to use Self-Checkout, just smile & say “Um, I don’t work here.” They love it! smile” yup!
9:41 PM · Aug 30, 2013·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Sean F Dweezy
@Seanfdweezy
Dude on last comic standing just ripped off @billburr grocery store “I don’t work here” bit
9:35 PM · May 22, 2014·Twitter for iPad

Twitter
Ronza Bee
@Ronza_B
#Walmart employee says excuse me sir you can use the self checkout. I replied no thank you, I don’t work here.
7:32 PM · Mar 31, 2014·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Marvin Jr.
@TheRealMarvinJr
Her: Wanna go through the self checkout line?
Me: Nah I don’t work here.
7:22 PM · May 17, 2015·Everypost

Twitter
Edge O’Reilly
@EdgeOReilly
@StephenAtHome When asked to use self checkout at the store; I say, “No, I don’t work here, you do!” #LateShowConfessions
3:10 PM · Aug 4, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Cali Dan
@itscalidan
Target employee: Self checkout is open
Me: oh sorry I don’t work here
4:29 PM · Jul 15, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Seth Diller
@_sethdiller
Target employee: “There’s a self checkout lane open over there.”
Me: “As Bill Burr would say, ‘I don’t work here, sweetheart.’”
10:31 AM · Jun 7, 2018·Twitter for Android

Facebook
Working Persons’ Advocacy Coalition, WPAC
March 1, 2019 ·
“You can use the self-checkout… “
“No thanks, I don’t work here.”

Twitter
Joe
@askjoeheknows
Store employee :  Sir would you like to move down to self checkout?
Me:  No thanks, I don’t work here.
1:02 PM · Mar 2, 2019·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Carleen Ceraldi
@ceraldi_carleen
Walmart cashier: “the self checkout is available.
Me: “I don’t work here.”
7:43 PM · Jan 11, 2020·Twitter for Android

twitter
Michael Boyer
@MichaelBoyer_
“Sir, the self-checkout lane is open”
“I don’t work here”
10:44 AM · Sep 3, 2020·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Danny Bender
@engineportal
Wal-mart Assistant Manager: You can use the Self-Checkout if you want. Me: No thanks, I don’t work here.
11:18 PM · Oct 22, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Facebook
Morecrazystuff
October 23, 2020 ·
Cashier: “the self checkout is available”
Me: “I don’t work here”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Saturday, October 24, 2020 • Permalink