If you go down to the RA today...

February 18 2016

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Picture: Charles Saumarez Smith

You might find Charles Saumarez Smith (the RA's Chief Executive) manning the tills. He recently had a go in the shop, and writes on his blog:

It was slightly scary learning the mysteries of the till system, remembering to ask if customers are Friends (they get a 10% discount), putting in my pass number, watching the amount of time people spend browsing, seeing the huge pile of catalogues gradually go down, cack-handedly trying to put postcards into a paperbag, and enjoying the camaraderie of the other shop staff under the eagle eye of Ramon.   Someone asked me if I was a regular.   They could probably spot that I wasn’t.   In fact, the last time I served behind a till was driving an ice cream van across the South Downs.

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