A woman was waiting in the checkout line at Home Depot. She was holding a mop, broom and other cleaning supplies. She was in a slow checkout line. She was in hurry and not happy about the slowness of the line. The cashier called for a price check. the woman said, “Well, I’ll be lucky to get out of here and home before Christmas!” The checker said, “Don’t worry, ma’am,” With a good tail wind and that brand new broom you have, you’ll be home in no time.”
We’ve all been there. In a hurry and stuck behind a slow poke customer or checker. Either the cashier is slower than a three legged greyhound in a dog race, or the customer has a boatload of coupons. Some shoppers wait until they hear the total and then they dig in their purse or wallet to begin their process. Or, they feel the need to give exact change, which takes forever.
Here’s a hint: Get a debit card!! Much faster, and you can get cash back if you need it. When my wife and I go grocery shopping and are ready to check out, I find the two smallest lines. I go to one and she stands in the other and whichever moves faster is the line we settle on.
This is why I love self checkout. I know that some people hate self checkout because sometimes the computer keeps saying, “Attendant has been called to assist you”. I don’t need assistance. This is not rocket science.
The other reason some people refuse to use self checkout is they believe that it eliminates jobs. In most cases, that’s not true. Most become stockers (no, that’s spelled stalker) which increases efficiency in getting the product to the shelves and into the customers’ hands much faster, without spending more payroll dollars.
Some stores make you bag your own groceries, even when you go through the checkout line. I guess they haven’t caught on to the fact that if I’m going to bag my own groceries, I might as well ring them up, too.
I would love to have a store to shop in where I can go to self checkout with nothing in hand, ring up the items that I need and have someone get the items for me. That way, I could go to a waiting area until my items arrived. I would show the employee my receipt and off I go.
Why would this method be good? Because the clerk knows where the items are in the store and I don’t. Much more efficient. I get out sooner and I don’t have to roam the store trying to find the stuff I need. I think I’m on to something here. Please let me know what you think!
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