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  •  Some people will still (1+ / 0-)
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    Brooke In Seattle

    either need to pay cash (or SNAP) or want to get cash back when they debit.

    You can't really automate SNAP b/c of the items disallowed: like toilet paper and shampoo.  And so a human needs to run at least some registers b/c what company in its right mind would allow a cash register to open so someone could steal whatever was in it?

    I have heard some speculation about self-serve bars, too.  But you'd still need somebody to say, "You've had enough, pal.  Go home, sleep it off, and come back tomorrow."  Not to mention a bouncer or two in case of trouble.  So why bother with the automation?

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 11:00:04 PM PST

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    •  smart labels (5+ / 0-)

      or data retrieval will flag not allowed snap items, can also be automated

      fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

      by mollyd on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 11:14:09 PM PST

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      •  Well, sure. (0+ / 0-)

        Look: I ring up ten allowed items and two disallowed items.  The register gives the SNAP total, and we do the SNAP transaction.  Then the customer pays in cash for the non-SNAP items.  Then the cash register opens to take the cash.  You see?  Someone (me) is needed to take care of the cash payment.

        Because who wants the register to spring open so the customer can remove all the cash, rather than putting some in?

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:03:53 AM PST

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