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Old 03-25-2015, 09:00 AM   #61
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Great and lively discussion. It is a double edge sword. The last jobs of the jobs that can't be outsourced are being automatized. Next will be robots doing fast food jobs and you using a touch screen to place your order.
They used to have something like that before robots called the Automat.

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Old 03-25-2015, 10:08 AM   #62
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They used to have something like that before robots called the Automat.
Growing up in NYC, I loved Automats. The coin slots just took nickels, and there was a cashier in the middle of the place who would give you change in nickels so you could use it. My favorite was a hot dish of baked beans with a frankfurter in it. The original fast food restaurant.
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Old 03-25-2015, 10:33 AM   #63
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I use Walmarts self checkout regurlarly and it's not exactly the smoothest operation around. The clerk who works in that section is very busy helping out customers. It's rare that I don't need the clerk to come over at least once during a checkout to clear up an error message, usually the sensor that checks if items are placed in the bagging area messes up.
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I use Walmarts self checkout regurlarly and it's not exactly the smoothest operation around. The clerk who works in that section is very busy helping out customers. It's rare that I don't need the clerk to come over at least once during a checkout to clear up an error message, usually the sensor that checks if items are placed in the bagging area messes up.
I use reusable grocery bags and every time I try to use the self checkout it say "object in bag area. Please remove". Last time I said, fairly loudly, "the object in the bag area is a F***ing bag dumba$$". Those things are a pain in the a$$. Since those were put in they significantly reduced the regular lanes so they are always several people deep. So either you wait 20 minutes to get to the checker or you use the self checkout which has way to many bugs to be out on the market. Shopping is one of my least favorite things to do.
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I like to shop at Walmart, lot's of things at one place to save time. I shop most often at one in Keyser, WV and it's clean and usually has plenty of checkout lanes open. I use the self check lanes once in a while and haven't had an issue, must be a good manager for this store?
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I use reusable grocery bags and every time I try to use the self checkout it say "object in bag area. Please remove". Last time I said, fairly loudly, "the object in the bag area is a F***ing bag dumba$$". Those things are a pain in the a$$. Since those were put in they significantly reduced the regular lanes so they are always several people deep. So either you wait 20 minutes to get to the checker or you use the self checkout which has way to many bugs to be out on the market. Shopping is one of my least favorite things to do.
Our Walmart has options on the self check screens for using your own bag, as well as not bagging particular items, like large and bulky ones. I use the self checkout lanes a lot because they are faster by far. I seldom (anymore) have any problems getting through the process. It's a bit of a learning curve, but unless there's a problem with a barcode or something I seldom need any help from the admittedly busy checkout person. If I get a "unexpected item in the bagging area" message I just remove the most recent item, toss it in the cart, and keep on trucking. I'm not sure whether there are a lot of Walmarts with different setups or if people don't read the screens very well, but I think the process has gotten a lot easier in the past few years, and will continue to improve.
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I visualize the self check registers at WM about the same as when self pumping of your gasoline came into being years ago. People back then did not like to pump their own gasoline, but now it is commonplace.
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I use reusable grocery bags and every time I try to use the self checkout it say "object in bag area. Please remove".
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1) Put your bags up on the "out" rack before you scan your first item or do anything else. Maybe the scales will set a new "tare weight" each time a person begins the process of checking out.
2) Put your bags on the "out" rack at the same time you scan and "bag" a heavy item. I can't believe it would be able to tell the difference between a 5 lb bag of sugar and a the same 5 lbs with 3 ounces of cloth bags.


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. . . I think the process has gotten a lot easier in the past few years, and will continue to improve.
Agreed. Home Depot used to be terrible--the self-checkout scanner could not read the tiny-format UPCs that are on some products (pipe fittings, etc). The employee monitoring things would see someone get frustrated after trying a few times, then step in and scan the item with her better scanner. Dumb. Now the self-checkout reads these labels just fine.
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