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Poll From: 09/01/2013

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What best describes your use of self-checkout stations at the grocery store? Submitted By michllee, ON
I prefer to self-checkout.
If it has the shortest line, I will use it.
I will wait in a longer line to avoid using it.
I've only used it once.
I've never used one.
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Sancheze
on 09/30/13
Gader1 liked this  
ITS WAY WAY WAY FASTER
jaysonfs
on 09/30/13
dsads
princessmandy08
on 09/29/13
there easy and they get me out of the store faster.
Carabella31
on 09/11/13
Self-checkouts are sometime easy to use when you have only a few things.
BlueArctic2013
on 09/10/13
I don't like the self-checkouts because it takes away cashier and bagging jobs. I tried it twice just to see how great it was, and the manager had to come over and complete the transaction anyway, because I had bought produce, so it took me twice the time to check out. Sorry, but I support human workers...
SIMOLALA
on 09/06/13
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johnwx69
on 09/05/13
Self-Checkouts are probably the greatest idea since toilets. I love that I can just rush in, grab my things, checkout quickly and comfortably, and head out. I hate all that awkward social stuff that happens when you have a cashier run your stuff through. They can see everything you buy, and look at you wierd when you buy something irregular... Plus, you have to say hi, and stare at them while they scan all your things. It's just embarrassing.

Mark my words, soon there will be ONLY self-checkouts, and to be honest, that wouldn't be all that bad.
brittanyhilll
on 09/04/13
nica10 and 1 others liked this  
my favorite way to checkout
footemama
on 09/03/13
If I only have one or two items and it is the shortest line I will use it. :)
CatnipTARDIS
on 09/03/13
rrddnc liked this  
A cashier has never had my items scanned and bagged faster than when I do it at self checkout. This isn't because I'm faster; it's because I get something to do instead of staring at the cashier while I wait for them to do all the work.
FaTaLxViRuS
on 09/02/13
lizzy850 liked this  
SWAG!
Bellita9
on 09/02/13
Sometimes they can be slower if the persons paying ahead of you take too long
QT4U8484
on 09/02/13
meghan09 liked this  
Love the self checkout!
SUNSHINEMOMMA84
on 09/02/13
There is some perks to having a self check out and there are also some down falls to it. The perks are that don't have to deal with a cashier that could have had a bad day. And also don't have that big of a line so if you are in a hurry you can get out of there faster by using the self check out. Yet like some of you said the unemployment rate is high because of some of these.
thtrbby
on 09/01/13
phat118 and 10 others liked this  
The economy being what it is, it is SICKENING that stores put in self checkout to avoid paying people that could use the employment!
sammy0354
on 09/03/13
footemama and 1 others liked this  
Honestly way I think of it is the self check outs open registers that would have been closed normally. I walk into one Wal-Mart without the self checkouts they only have 3-4 lanes open. Go to another Wal-Mart they have 3-4 lanes open plus the additional self checkouts open. How is that cutting jobs down?
LizzieK
on 09/02/13
Online121 liked this  
How do you figure? They STILL need cashiers monitoring them because computers aren't perfect. They're not taking away from employment, they're saving customers from the annoying cashiers and their "Oh woe is me" life stories.
DenisFreeman
on 09/03/13
triathlon29 liked this  
yeah but its 1 cashier to control like 4-6 robots. when it could be 4-6 cashiers. robots will run whats left of america into the ground.
dbh777
on 09/01/13
phat118 and 5 others liked this  
I agree! I refuse to use the self-checkouts because they help put people out of work! THEREFORE, I have NOT shopped as much at that store! Our local Wal Mart laid off 8-10 employees by cutting WAY back on their cashiers, and those poor ones that are left are SO frazzled! (because most of the customers who FINALLY get to check out have been waiting in line so long, they are crabby and not very kind to the cashiers.) And how it HURTS MORALE and PRODUCTIVITY! I have never seen SUCH UNHAPPY workers as in the last month at that store!
My hubby says that he's now not going to put any carts away at Wal Mart and help them put MORE people out of jobs. I have NEVER felt that way, but I almost agree with him! Sad!
triathlon29
on 09/02/13
Vangamer and 1 others liked this  
Not putting carts away won't solve the problem. The workers will just not get to them and then get in trouble for them.

If you really want to make a difference stop shopping at Walmart.
Hburt006
on 09/01/13
CatnipTARDIS liked this  
You are not looking at all aspects here- I have extreme OCD and these machines have opened up a world where I could not go into. I know can go and check out without having to worry about my anxiety. So that being said MY stores now have more business because of the machines.
mak62184
on 09/01/13
nica10 and 6 others liked this  
Great, so now I know who to get annoyed with when people leave carts blocking parking spaces.
Parappa
on 09/01/13
Hburt006 and 3 others liked this  
It's possible that it might take away some jobs (depending on the store) but it still creates jobs. Another way to look at it is that it creates jobs because they need to be maintained by workers. The machines cannot maintain themselves. They also cannot design or assemble themselves, so that are jobs that humans need to do. Sorry, but we need more jobs for skilled people, not more for unskilled and uneducated people.
MewMew34
on 09/01/13
The people making the self checkouts could get the same amount of work making normal checkout lines for stores, and we wouldn't be putting people out of work by removing cashier jobs. Having normal checkout lanes involves just as much maintenance as the self checkouts, if not more since they are used so constantly and tend to have more moving parts. *how many self checks have you seen with a conveyor belt?* Self checkouts do NOT create more or new jobs, they just change up the old ones slightly.
Rorikern
on 09/01/13
llilianoam and 3 others liked this  
Cashiers are not unskilled and uneducated. Their skills and education are simply different from that of an assembly line worker, for example. Furthermore, the assembly line worker can also easily be replaced by robotics. So what you are endorsing is a few people in control of everything, and the great multitudes just doing what they are told. Wasn't that the way southern plantations used to operate? Before the war and all.
Sapphire723
on 09/01/13
This comment is laughable. You're actually comparing robotics to slavery?!
Rorikern
on 09/01/13
llilianoam and 3 others liked this  
Yeah no. I am saying that a lack of tech training doesn't make someone uneducated and unskilled. It's only the wholesale discounting of people who do what some consider menial work that is at all comparable to slavery. You made that connection. Parappa said we don't need more jobs "for unskilled and uneducated people". That suggests a sense of superiority to those who don't or can't build the machines. That those disenfranchised people are inherently "less than". Those attitudes are consistent with being comfortable being on the "right" side of oppression. Robotics can displace those with technological training just like anyone else, so complacency is unwarranted. The big southern plantation owners were complacent and felt superior. It was unwarranted. They laughed too.
triathlon29
on 09/02/13
I agree, almost every job is skills, it's just that skills are different. I certainly see cashiers who are great at their jobs and those who aren't. A great cashier can ring you up quickly and accurately and can pack my bags in a way that I can easily walk home with them balancing the weight and size of items. They also make you want to come back or not come back to a store based on you experience with them as they are most likely the person at a store who you have the most contact with therefore serving as a representative for the store.
mak62184
on 09/01/13
sammy0354 and 4 others liked this  
For those against the self check outs because they take jobs away from people, do you shop online? Do you use Amazon or ebay? Those are 2 reasons stores are going under. And you are only adding to that problem by shopping that way.
sbgogetter
on 09/01/13
triathlon29 and 6 others liked this  
Amazon actually employs lots of people at its shipping centers and warehouses. They're actually adding several thousand new jobs that pay more than minimum wage.
mak62184
on 09/01/13
Catfancier liked this  
But still, people are screaming customer service and telling people to complain at stores to hire more workers. What if said store goes under like so many? Not everyone can work for Amazon.
triathlon29
on 09/02/13
Almost all the stores that have self checkouts are huge chain stores and pay there high up corporate employees lots of money.
Slingmann
on 09/01/13
If I'm not using coupons ill use self-checkout
nyneelie
on 09/01/13
angelina16 liked this  
Self check takes coupons. Just have to scan them and then insert into machine.
triathlon29
on 09/02/13
Yes, but often self checkout can't read at least one coupon. Then you have to wait huge amounts of time to get someone over to fix the problem.
angelina16
on 09/01/13
lol
baileyswagger
on 09/01/13
triathlon29 and 1 others liked this  
I am an semi-extreme coupon user so I avoid self-checkout like the plague they are harder to use for coupon people like myself...
BetsBoo
on 09/01/13
self check outs are easy when you have a few idems
sweetlady58
on 09/01/13
i would just rather use the self check out much easer..
juliebone42
on 09/01/13
triathlon29 liked this  
If I've only got one thing, I'll use self-check out, but I usually avoid it. Even if there's a shorter line there ends up being a much longer wait because customers get confused with the machines and can't go as fast as a cashier who gets used to doing this stuff all day. And then if something goes wrong and needs approval, the person in charge isn't always there to fix it so you have to wait around and to get their attention.
Annihilator1
on 09/01/13
cool
ColleenBell
on 09/01/13
I like to use self check out but I have no major preferences
Katscan
on 09/01/13
triathlon29 liked this  
It's faster sometimes but it reduces jobs at grocery stores.
AustinRhea
on 09/01/13
triathlon29 and 1 others liked this  
My answer really wasn't there. I will use it if I don't have coupons and I only have a few (1-10) items. I'm not thrilled with them as they are slow and don't work well. I feel as though they take jobs away from a human. But they are really nice to have available when there are only 2 or 3 lines open.
terratodd
on 09/01/13
you can get and out faster
Pinky2u
on 09/01/13
No answer there for me...
When we had them I used them but we don't have them anymore.
GVike
on 09/01/13
They save time. The only thing a dislike is the bagging part and the machine freezing up.
Kmyers25
on 09/01/13
I prefer self-checkout, when available. I am the independent type and I prefer to do things on my own.
I only use the standard checkout when buying alcohol so I don't have to wait for an attendant to come check my ID.
gingersnaps501
on 09/01/13
triathlon29 and 3 others liked this  
I refuse to use the self checkout. When I go to the store I expect customer service.
happypeople
on 09/01/13
LizzieK liked this  
Customer service is horrible.
wanted2013
on 09/01/13
would rather do myself and not have to deal with the line of people
Derollnbutrfly
on 09/01/13
triathlon29 and 1 others liked this  
I think they should pay us to do our own work!
DMacRee
on 09/01/13
triathlon29 and 3 others liked this  
If they would give me a discount for using self-check out, then I'd gladly use them.
harnzen
on 09/01/13
I hate the things. I'll wait in line.
Kittenese
on 09/01/13
xSummerRush and 1 others liked this  
Self checkout is fun! :) Until it starts telling you "unexpected item in bagging area"... Hello, I just scanned that!
BonzerMobius
on 09/01/13
happypeople and 1 others liked this  
I love self checkout
MechieGreen
on 09/01/13
if it ha shortest queue, then i will use it
chickenkara
on 09/01/13
BonzerMobius liked this  
self check out is the best
profile1
on 09/01/13
lukekrystal and 1 others liked this  
And sooner or later there will be robots working for us and no employees at jobs by the way this is going.
trishalikespie
on 09/01/13
happypeople liked this  
I love using self check-out. I don't have to listen to a cashier asking me "would you like to purchase the item of the week?" or get stuck behind the people who complain about the price of an item and stop the whole line.
swaggytr
on 09/01/13
tfjparadise liked this  
i prefer short lines if their isn't i prefer own-checkout
BigBubbaDude
on 09/01/13
LittleSven and 4 others liked this  
I prefer self checkout most of the time, and no they do not necessarily cut cashiering jobs - where I shop they typically have 1 or 2 cashiers monitoring the self checkouts because someone still has to check ID's for alcohol & tobacco items, enter coupons, etc. My cousin works in a grocery store and she has for over 15 years, she said the self checkouts improve overall efficiency without costing jobs.
Rorikern
on 09/01/13
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BigBubbaDude
on 09/01/13
Actually she's a front-end manager and yes they had to hire a couple of technicians to go around keeping the self-checkouts working, as they do tend to crash and have other issues, thus creating jobs that pay more than a cashier job.
Rorikern
on 09/01/13
citydog liked this  
Front end manager is still an employee, does not see the books, is not a policy maker. Does not have any ethical way of actually knowing. Talking through one's hat.
SwaggietheCat
on 09/01/13
citydog and 3 others liked this  
Sorry that technician is the same person that maintains the other registers. It is not an employee of the grocery store. They work for the company that makes the registers. Self serve checkouts don't create jobs. Even retailers aren't stupid enough to claim that.
Jennifer1
on 09/01/13
tfjparadise and 1 others liked this  
I do not like self check-out. It puts people out of work. There's always problems, and the one cashier that's in charged of the 5 check-out lanes is never around. Oh, and if I have coupons (usually) forget about it, you need approval for each one. It's not like I get a discount for checking myself out. And, if I go to a regular lane, I can bag while they scan.
omgitsjen
on 09/01/13
tfjparadise liked this  
Sometimes at my Walmart there's only 2 or 3 lanes open with at least 5 people waiting in each lane buying enough food to last a month. I don't really want to wait in those lines to buy a handful of items. I would gladly step over to a real person if I didn't have to wait more than 10 minutes to check out.
Rorikern
on 09/01/13
Then ask them to hire more cashiers. Repeatedly.
3Honeyb
on 09/01/13
siacalinsays liked this  
I asked a Walmart cashier one time why they didn't have more checkout lanes open when there were 15 lanes and only 2 were open. Her reply was they couldn't find enough applicants who could pass a drug test.
Youppi
on 09/01/13
citydog and 1 others liked this  
They are lying to you. That is like when I called my cell phone company and the worker answering in Guatemala told me that Telus hires them because no Canadians want the jobs. I told him that Telus hires them because they can get away with paying small wages and when they find people in another country who will work for less, guess where the jobs will be going. There are plenty of Canadians who would gladly take the job if they were offered to them at our wages.
iRavenFaust
on 09/01/13
Online121 and 1 others liked this  
I love the self check out, it just goes more smoother and you aint got some idiot talking
SwaggietheCat
on 09/01/13
tfjparadise and 5 others liked this  
I refuse to use self-serve checkouts on principle. I go out of my way not to use and refuse to use them when staff come by and tell me there is no line at the self-serve. I hate waiting but I will wait rather than ever use a self-serve checkout. I don't believe in them as they are job killers. I don't work for free so a rich corporation can lay off workers.

My public library recently put them in. The machines are always broken or there is some problem. Staff were told they had to suggest people use them. When asked, I always told them why I would not use them and many thanked me. A machine can't recommend a book to me or tell me when a new hold just came in and run down to the basement to get it to save me another trip back to the library. A machine can't provide any of the service that the staff provides.
Rorikern
on 09/01/13
Same thing at my library.
d375shank
on 09/01/13
jamielea777 liked this  
Wheres the other box :D
jamielea777
on 09/01/13
amhale11 and 2 others liked this  
Yeah, I just picked a random answer since mine wasn't up there. I will use self-check out if I only have a few items and no coupons.
lillychea23
on 09/01/13
tfjparadise liked this  
My answer isn't in the poll, so I'm just gonna type it:
I don't care about how long the lines are.
I use self-checkout if I only have 1 or 2 items.
I don't need to bother a cashier about it.
bratforlife
on 09/01/13
citydog and 2 others liked this  
I feel that if I do the work, I should at least get the employee discount

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