|See those bananas? No bar code, get the hell out of the express line, now!|
SPRINGFIELD -- A Massachusetts-based supermarket chain is doing away with its self-service checkout lanes, saying they haven’t been able to replace the friendly human cashier. Big Y says the self-serve lanes will be phased out by the end of the year, and more standard service lanes added. The chain opened self-serve lanes in 2003 as a way to speed up checkout and save money. But it found checkout times actually lengthened as customers grappled with bar codes, coupons and payment methods. Big Y added that the lanes can’t replace the service provided by a human being.
First of all, I don’t even know what the Big Y is, just wanted to put that out there. But at any rate, why are the self-serve lanes so hard for people to understand?
Just as a general rule of thumb, if it doesn’t have a barcode, don’t jump in the self serve line, I’m talking to you, health nuts who waste my time searching for the icon for dragon fruits, papaya’s, and sugar cane stocks, and then weighing each item individually. Stop messing around with the express line.
Please, just leave those lines to efficiency pros like myself. They’re the only things that make food shopping remotely tolerable, and if I have to start shopping without them, well I shutter to think of the potential consequences. I’ll almost certainly be arrested for verbally assaulted the MENSA candidate ringing up my purchase, nevermind these people and their 10 kids picking up every pack of gum and candy bar at the checkout line and asking their mom if they can get one, to which she answers no and then the kid picks up the next one. Control your freaking kid!
Sorry, went off on a tangent. Bottom line, if you’re buying something produce related or are just an idiot who strugges with technology (litmus test, if your phone doesn’t have either a qwerty keyboard or touch screen), then stay out of my express self check out line.