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    Question What to call a "server" in a cloth store or any type of stores?

    Hi there,

    For restaurants, waiters and waitresses are people serving the customers, barista is for cafe, and bartender is for bar. How about what American people call the server in a cloth store? (or any general place providing services) Thank you so much for your help!!

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    Re: What to call a "server" in a cloth store or any type of stores?

    Welcome to the forum.

    Do you mean a clothes store/clothing store? A "cloth store" would be a shop selling only cloth, which is just material.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What to call a "server" in a cloth store or any type of stores?

    "Clerk" is the general word for this type of function. "Sales clerk" to be more specific.

    If it's like a supermarket where the employee doesn't help you locate and try items, they just ring up your purchases, then they are a "cashier."

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    Re: What to call a "server" in a cloth store or any type of stores?

    'Clerk' is not common in BrE. 'Shop assistant' was probably the most commonly used phrase in the 20th century.

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    Re: What to call a "server" in a cloth store or any type of stores?

    It still is the one I'd use.

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    Smile Re: What to call a "server" in a cloth store or any type of stores?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    Do you mean a clothes store/clothing store? A "cloth store" would be a shop selling only cloth, which is just material.
    Hi emsr2d2,

    Thanks for pointing that out. Clearly, I didn't know the difference between these two. I meant in a clothing store. Thank you.

    Best,

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    Re: What to call a "server" in a cloth store or any type of stores?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Clerk" is the general word for this type of function. "Sales clerk" to be more specific.

    If it's like a supermarket where the employee doesn't help you locate and try items, they just ring up your purchases, then they are a "cashier."
    Thank you for this suggestion. I can see the point it's definitely correct. But I just wonder if it's natural if I use this term actually to call a staff in a clothing store. Would that be totally common? Thank you.

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    Re: What to call a "server" in a cloth store or any type of stores?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    'Clerk' is not common in BrE. 'Shop assistant' was probably the most commonly used phrase in the 20th century.
    Hi Piscean,

    Thank you for you reply. Do you think "shop associate" would be appropriate or not? Thank you.

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    Re: What to call a "server" in a cloth store or any type of stores?

    I'm not Piscean, but I bet he'd say a big fat 'NO'.

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    Re: What to call a "server" in a cloth store or any type of stores?

    Quote Originally Posted by kwangin526 View Post
    Do you think "shop associate" would be appropriate or not?
    I wouldn't use it, but the language of business is becoming more and more contorted- companies go to great lengths to avoid saying that they employ people to avoid paying them things like holiday pay in the gig economy, so nothing would surprise me. However, I wouldn't use it unless my boss ordered me to do so.

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