Check your cash back when using the HD automated check-out facility and
paying the bill with hard cash!
So far I have "collected" $5 and $2 at two different HD stores in FL where
previous customers would have been confused or overwhelmed by the "talking
computer" and "put items on the scale" and "take your items" etc!
I'm not "fingering" return slots at public telephones but I may get that
habit while doing my (weekly) shopping run at a HD.....could pay for the
I despise the idea of a self checkout. I refuse to use them in any store.
Like self serve gas, you don't save any money, but the seller reaps higher
To clarify, full service gas is priced as much as 25’ a gallon higher than
self serve, but that is an artificial price. In MA, each town decides if
self serve is allowed. Gas stations across the street from each other on
the town line both sell at the same price but one if full service. When I
can get a 5% discount for doing it myself, I'll start to use them.
I think the point, and the reason I use them frequently, is speed of
checkout and convienience. I've been using the one at my local grocery
store for 3 years now, and was overjoyed to see them pop up at my local
I'm tired of waiting in line for 45 minutes for things beyond my control.
My TIME is too valuable, probably worth more than the 5% discount. You wait
in line, I'll make sawdust faster.
Agreed.....this is particularly true if you only have a few items. Getting
stuck behind someone's entire weekend project can be frustrating. Also, the
self-checkout machines don't tend to get caught up in casual conversations
while a half dozen people wait in line ;)
Hmmm, I don't like self-checkouts either and won't use them at HD, but I
disagree with you about self-serve gasoline. Even if it is the same price,
I prefer it because I don't have someone who doesn't give a damn scratching
the finish on the car. Since I am in the rust-belt, that saves me some
money on a car rusting prematurely.
Then get a AAA Platinum Plus Visa. You get 5% of each pay at the pump
gas transaction rebated to the account with 48 hours. It only works
for pay at the pump transactions, but it works at all brands. :-)
By full service, I mean they pump it for you. Few if any, will check the
oil and wash the windshield like the Texaco Stars did years ago.
Massachusetts allows the fire marshal of each town decide if its citizens
are competent enough to pump gas safely. The entire state of New Jersey is
If I was truly saving money, I'd say OK, but I see proof that gas can be
sold with an attendant for the same price as me freezing my (insert favorite
body part here) off in the winter.
I was consulting for an oil company earlier this year and got to watch a
video from a service station taken the day before. Self serve dispensers
are not allowed to have locking (i.e always on) nozzles. A woman in a van
managed to jam one open and got back into her vehicle to wait. It overflowed
and when she got out and touched the nozzle, the whole thing went up. I
joked (not appreciated by the boss) that she must have jammed it open with
a cigarette lighter. Actually, it was probably static. It does happen.
And some folks are stupid enough to override the safety features.
Maybe where you live... and apparently you don't travel much. I live in
Indiana, and travel frequently to Michigan, and occasionally to Illinois,
Ohio, Alabama, Florida, and Ontario Canada. I can't remember the last time I
used a self-serve pump that did *not* have a locking nozzle. And no, I'm not
getting old enough that my memory is failing. :-)
Doug Miller (alphageek-at-milmac-dot-com)
Maybe in some jurisdictions, but some of us live in areas where people
are even bright enough to be able to handle the locking nozzles.
When I find an occasional station without the locking nozzle, I jam it
open with the gas cap. About the right size, and makes sure I don't
forget to put the gas cap back on. I've had one overflow in all these
years. Good reminder about static, though.
If you are calling a disabled pump (i.e., defeated locking nozzle) a
safety feature, then you must be calling all gas station attendants
who use locking nozzles stupid? Even more reason to pump your own.
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