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    thanatokephaloides, VClib, eyo

    I've seen this too in some locations in the Seattle area. Most of the time though, people just opt to order from a person because it's faster. Same thing goes for self-check. Sure, that may have eliminated the "express lane" for checkout clerks, you still need someone to help you scan and bag large volumes of groceries. I highly doubt that system will be in serious danger any time soon, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a technology developed that was able to autoscan many items at once.

    "If you don't turn onto politics, politics will turn on you" -Ralph Nader; 2000

    by Soviet Reunion on Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 05:55:10 PM PDT

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    •  I am bemused (1+ / 0-)
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      thanatokephaloides

      (as others have noted) to watch groceries being checked & bagged by folks who make high incomes. Why it's as if the almighty market doesn't recognize the inherent value of their every laboring moment. Of course,eventually some rich can get rich enough to employ the poorer to trek to Costco for them. But not all,not quite yet.

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      by tardis10 on Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 06:23:21 PM PDT

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      •  I hate using the self checkout (8+ / 0-)

        I figure if they want me to bag groceries they should put me on the payroll.

        If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

        by Major Kong on Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 06:41:35 PM PDT

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        •  I use self-checkout when it's faster (2+ / 0-)
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          Sparhawk, VClib

          If there's a line at the regular checkout and it's faster to do the self-checkout, that's what I'll do.  

          Some, like my parents (and I love my parents, but they are not tech-savvy) will always use the traditional registers with a clerk. But they aren't the fastest at getting their groceries on the line, getting their payments done, and moving along, so when I see that's what the checkout line looks like, I'll do self-serve.  I suspect a lot of others do the same.  

          And my children's generation,of course, is even more tech-savvy than I am.  Often, they'd RATHER use a touch screen than deal with a person taking their order -- they feel like they have more control.  

          I am waiting for the phone app that allows you to put an order at the nearest McD's, have it pay automatically with a credit/debit card, and all you have to do is pass by and pick up your order a special drive-through window.  

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