On Oct 26, 6:30 pm, email@example.com (Andrew Gabriel)
Same here :-)
The scales need a high level C-shaped hoop, say at 1.5m.
That way the bulk of the weight of long yet light items is maintained
downwards onto the scale, not "lost" by falling onto the framework...
or distributing themselves all over the floor.
M&S and Asda machines work ok on light items like diet hot-choc (22g?)
if you drop them into a bag, but not if you drop them onto a loose bag
which cushions their impact (not registered).
The B&Q units appear more industrial. I wonder if their scales are
capable of weighing heavier items at the expense of precision - such
as every 50g instead of every 1g like supermarkets. That might not
help discrimination of light objects.
The most laughable part of B&Q is "take your items ... ... ...
<delay> ... ... do not forget your receipt". I can not help thinking
it would be more logical to say "please wait for your receipt before
taking your items".
Ah, usability... that post production & commissioning process :-)
On Mon, 26 Oct 2009 11:42:20 -0700 (PDT), geraldthehamster wrote:
Quite agree. After the dreadful experiences of trying to use the ones
in Tesco I just refuse to use them anywhere. They are just so slow,
I'd rather spend the time in a checkout queue relaxed and day
dreaming than getting annoyed at a machine that can't keep up or just
takes too long to respond to each item scanned.
On Mon, 26 Oct 2009 21:41:56 -0000 Tim.... wrote :
When I lived in the UK the ones at Tesco Teddington reduced me to anger more
than once - often late at night there would be no manned tills. Here the
ones in my local Safeway work fine and are a good way of reducing a large
ex-ATM note to smaller notes or getting rid of loads of coin, in either case
without the embarrassment of tending same to a hard pressed checkout
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Not strictly on topic, but at B&Q a few years ago I piled a load of
shopping to be scanned, with the third item being some paint remover
or white spirit, thus requiring confirmation that I was indeed over
18. The spotty youth putting the products through didn't notice the
prompt on screen, and I think the other items beeped through. I
think I saved close to £60.
I had the kids with me, so paid without too much thought to how much
it all cost, only to realise when I got home that a large amount of
the items simply hadn't been charged for as he hadn't confirmed the
prompt on screen.
I considered myself blameless - their mistake. Had I noticed at the
time I suspect I would have had a moral problem with not telling him
I don't find them too bad at all. But what does bug me is how difficult they
make it for you to re-use your own bags.
The planks who decide to put a trolleyful of shopping through a basket-only
self checkout really piss me off!
On Mon, 26 Oct 2009 23:39:28 +0000 (GMT), "Dave Plowman (News)"
What's the alleged advantage of an automated checkout? Clearly it
does away with a humanoid (although they still need to be such around
for, say, alcohol purchases). In RL they seem to be much slower than a
checkout manned by real people. Is it just that most purchasers hate
the idea of having to speak to a real life human cashier? If so,
that's very sad.
I notice that both my local Waitroses (Tonbridge and Paddock Wood) always
seem to have the same faces around, even after umpteen years - and we're
not talking the older generation either. And nothing's too much trouble for
Says something about them, if they can attract, train and retain a good
calibre of staff.
The big difference between Waitrose and the rest (ASDA, Tesco,
Morrisons etc.) is that Waitrose attracts a better class of shopper.
Not having to deal with chavs and other assorted scum can only make it
easier for Waitrose staff to be pleasant, polite, helpful and - dare I
say it - probably a lot happier in their jobs.
And no, I'm not being a snob, because I shop mainly in Tesco,
Sainsbury's and Morrisons - my town doesn't have a Waitrose.
The Portswood branch in Southampton.
OK, "chav" is probably unfair, but the area certainly isn't noted as
home to the stereotypical Waitrose shopper. Mostly Eastern European
immigrants and students; more than half the houses on my road are HMOs.
I quite like living here, but the Waitrose always seemed a bit out of place.
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