Many of you reading this have already used, and probably prefer, a self-serve checkout line at the grocery or department store. Once we figured out how to use those finicky scanners, and track down a store employee for help, those lines move fast. This is great for those of us who don’t want to go through the pleasantries of a talkative cashier. Then, of course, the shoplifters figured out that stores are smart enough to not simply let you walk out the door without paying for merchandise. Security monitors those lanes more than any other part of the store.
Self-checkout lines are growing in number, and it won’t be too long before the job of cashier is phased out. Although, what this provides is a store than can manage multiple lines with one cashier to monitor, and plenty of people to keep inventory stocked and clean. It’s a win-win.
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