Safeway employee’s giveaway cause for dismissal

Cashier tossed vegetables in bag without properly scanning price
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 04/26/2012

An Alberta grocery store worker’s dismissal for placing asparagus in a customer’s cart without charging for it has been upheld as just by an arbitrator.

Ian Watson was a part-time clerk in the produce department of an Alberta Safeway grocery store. Part of his job was to relieve cashiers if the store was busy or cashiers needed a break. However, he didn’t like to perform cashier duties and felt it took him away from his “real work” in the produce department.

On July 23, 2010, Watson began work in the mid-afternoon. Most of the produce work had been taken care of by the earlier shift, so Watson planned to do a few tasks over the course of the afternoon. However, he was asked to fill in as a cashier for the afternoon.