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 Posted: Fri Jun 21st, 2019 10:48 pm
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beejmi
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Some places have been removing them (Canada)

What's your thoughts. Like them? Hate them? Concerned about lost jobs?

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 Posted: Sat Jun 22nd, 2019 12:17 am
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I don't mind using these if it means I don't have to wait in line, but sometimes you still have to wait to use these because some people can't seem to figure out how to use them.

So if self-checkouts are these, I'd use them, but I wouldn't be sad if they remove them.

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 Posted: Sat Jun 22nd, 2019 01:03 am
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I do not like them.  

I do think that it is taking jobs away from the economy but that is not the reason that I do not like them.  

I do not like bagging my own items.  Bottles and heavier items need double-bagged.  Hell with that. 

Another thing I hate are those plastic bags on the rack. Sometimes you will get to a point where they are practically sealed together.  You then need to try and find an opening.  My patience is as big as a thumbnail for this. I start removing chunks of unopened bags at a time looking for a bag with the slightest opening to open a bag.  Sometimes my area looks like a tornado hit it.  More than once I have had the self-checkout monitor come and ask if I needed help.  I know the real reason she came over is because of the mess I making with unopened bags in my area.  She was the cause of this to begin with because she did not prepare the bags before I got to that area.  I have told the self-checkout monitor a couple of times that if they were doing what they were supposed to be doing then the mess would not have occurred. 

I go shopping VERY early in the mornings so many times they have no registers open or only one register open and thus forcing shoppers to the self-checkout. 

A quick story.  There was a guy checking out in front of me at a self-checkout.  Mid 50’s. Had a cammo ballcap on.   Probably a machinist, millworker or energy resource worker. Definitely a blue-collar type. No registers were open.  All he had was some type of greeting card. The thing beeped a few times.  Or maybe it didn’t ring it up correctly. Maybe it counted the price twice.  Whatever.  The guy you could tell was very frustrated.  Finally, he just launched the greeting card up in the air with a quick fling like paper airplane and it flew about 10-20 feet to the right. He walked out muttering under his breath.  I was howling. That was a classic!  The toss was perfect, also.  The card went zig-zagging in the air. 





Last edited on Sat Jun 22nd, 2019 12:10 pm by Papa Voo



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 Posted: Sat Jun 22nd, 2019 02:40 am
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I’ve never successfully used it without a human having to correct a problem. Never. Fuck that.



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 Posted: Sat Jun 22nd, 2019 03:00 am
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I think the name of the game is convenience. Not only are some of these self-checkouts hard to use for most people, the line to use them is just as long as the regular checkouts.

So why bother? Just open more express checkout lanes.

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 Posted: Sat Jun 22nd, 2019 05:58 am
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Use them all of the time. Target. Home Depot. Eately. Love the convenience and speed.



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 Posted: Sat Jun 22nd, 2019 10:58 am
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I like the convenience of them, but I will echo Papa Voo's sentiments- I hate when those plastic baggies get too hard to open up, like they are sealed together too tight.

Also every now and then I'll have a coupon and some smart alecky checkout lady will say "hey- these are already on sale....and you still want to use this coupon?" My answer- YES!

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 Posted: Sat Jun 22nd, 2019 06:20 pm
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If it makes my trip easier I use them but usually I check out in the normal line.

There is a Kroger by my house that gives you the option of scanning and bagging as you shop and then just paying when you are ready to leave. I don’t ever use it but many do.



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 Posted: Sat Jun 22nd, 2019 06:45 pm
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Franchise wrote: There is a Kroger by my house that gives you the option of scanning and bagging as you shop.

How does this technology know that every item in the cart has been scanned? Or that the correct item has been canned (scan the barcode of a cheap product but then put an expensive product in your bag)? This seems like it would be very prone to shoplifting or open to legitimate mistakes (your little kid throws an item in the bag that you don't notice and it never gets scanned).

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