On Fri, 06 Feb 2004 18:52:52 GMT, "Master Chef Richard Campbell"
|On my clamp claming trip this morning to HD, I got to try out one of the
|U-Scan sort-of. A bored cashier came over and did everything but put the
|money in it. She was cute and had a odd day glo colored tape measure clipped
|on to her jeans and real looking butterfly tatoo in the small of her back.
|She caught me checking it out and I told her that I was trying to figure out
|what brand her tape measure was. Lame I know but hey. She then turned around
|and stuck out her chest and said most guys say that they are trying to read
|her name off her apron.
So what was her name?
I didn't think so.
i refuse to use the HD self checkout. it's just another excuse for
them to put fewer cashiers on duty. i have 3 HD within 20 minutes of
me. most of the time their is only ONE cashier on duty. they rely on
self checkout too heavily. when they lower their prices because of
the labor savings or give a discount at the self scan, then i'll start
using them. until then, i buy everything i can at real stores.
Have you thought about perhaps Home Depot isn't raising prices as fast
because of self checkout? How much money does a cashier really cost
anyhow? I'm guessing the cost of labor is 15 to 30 cents per customer.
A self checkout I would guess at a cost of 7 to 15 cents per customer.
Do you think Home Depot is suddenly going to be lower all the prices by
much because they are spending 15 cents less per customer who uses self
I've gone out of my way to shop at stores with self checkout because I
generally have to stand in line for much less time. I really wish Target
would get self checkouts. I don't the level of people who work as
chasiers are really hurting for a job.
They don't measure it that way. Businesses measure labor cost per time
period (ie, month or quarter). In that way, someone costing (including
taxes, health plan, 401K, etc...), say $30K/year (wild guess, donlt know
what the total cost of a $10/hour employee actually is) would make a
significant impact on labor expenses. At the local Hd they have one
person manning 4 self checkout stations, that means that the labor cost
went down to 1/4th (assuming 4 cashiers were replaced). Even if you say
4 self checkouts replace 3 cashiers, that's a hell of a savings from a
business point of view.
I wish that was the same here. I avoid them like the plague because I
_always_ get in line behind some slow idiot that can;t figure it out.
The helper is usually helping some other slow idiot at the time, so the
wait is excruciating.
Very few people in USA really hurt for a job. Unemployment's too low
right now for that many people to be hurting for a job.
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