On Fri, 02 May 2008 15:53:40 -0400, Mike Marlow wrote:
That's why Woodcraft (and others) don't have "cashiers" as such.
Whoever is near the cash register does the job.
But I wouldn't expect a big box store to do it that way - too much real
estate to cover :-). So in that sense you're right.
On Fri, 02 May 2008 16:00:11 -0700, Larry Blanchard
Right! At the bicycle shop, whoever is dealing with the customer
rings them out. We don't do commission, so that's not why we do it
We also do the "Nordstom's" treatment, where we walk the customer to
the item (or dressing room, service dept., bathroom, etc...), rather
than pointing them in the proper direction.
BTW... in the middle of "The Current Recession", the bicycle shop
just had the best April in the 12 years of current ownership.
** http://www.bburke.com/woodworking.html **
Out here on the Upper Left Coast we are seeing more and more self serve
registers. Typically one employee covers 6-8 of them. Instead of a
friendly face and maybe some conversation, you get to listen to the guy
at the next register bitching about the scanner and he gets to hear you
cursing under your breath when yours tells you to take the item out of
the bag for the fourth time.
On Sat, 03 May 2008 01:49:12 +0000, Lobby Dosser wrote:
I refuse to use the self serve registers. If that is all that is open I
will go to the contractor's register to check out, which does not have
any of the self serve kind. I have noticed others that will not go
to these registers, even when asked to do so.
Never had a problem with them... But being a computer geek it's just
another computer system to me. I feel they're faster, and they allow me
to carry my single item purchase out of the store without yet another
Where's my remote?
To email me directly, send a message to puckdropper (at) fastmail.fm
Ever notice that at Lowes if you buy something that's too light to
register on the scale that reports something in the bagging area the
system gives you the option to skip bagging while at Home Despot you
have to wait for employee intervention?
I'm with you. For the most part, I want to go into a store, get what I
want, and get out. If that's groceries, tools, or whatever it is i'm
looking for, I want to be done with it as quickly as possible. The first
systems that were auto checkout were a bit quirky and were more
frustrating that anything else. But the local grocery stores and HD seem
to have that worked out now, and I'm happier to bag my own stuff anyway.
Ditto ... I've been known to seek them out, even with an 8' tubafour or two.
Although when buying a single item that is too light to register on the
"take out" scale, or too bulky to put there like said tubafours, and the
droid keeps repeating itself, I tend to get pissed if lose my balance by
having to leave my foot on the scale long enough to complete the
It does have its plusses, however ... if the day has inexplicably gone too
damn good up to that point, I can pick that "other" language just to get
back in the proper frame of mind.
I've not had much luck. Most time something does not register or some other
problem. I tried again at the supermarket a couple weeks ago and it would
not register some of my items. I found though, that if you just toss them
to the bagging area, it does not matter.
I'll take a real person any day.
Same here. Seems to me they're just another way for the stores to
Our library even has a self-check option. I won't use it either.
BTW, the incidence of stolen books and magazines has gone up because they
can't tell if you actually checked your books out or just stood in front
of the self-checkout terminal and made appropriate motions.
If I am shopping in the nearby city (which is more of a big town than a
city) and stop in to buy a box of nails, or a few other small items, at
the HD there, I will use the self-serve checkout rather than wait on
line while a half dozen people, each with a dozen items or more, are in
front of me. Time is money. I can check out my small purchase before
that line reduces by one customer.Those people that don't use the
self-serves are probably computer illiterate and are afraid of them. I
notice that a lot of stores have self-checkout stations, the WalMart in
that city being one of them.
As for friendly conversation with people in the checkout line, I live in
a small town where a lot of people know each other. My pet peeve is
standing in the checkout line while the clerk and customer are having a
personal conversation while no checking or packing is being done.
I had to make a quick run to Home Depot last evening for a small blister
pack of screws. The two registers that were open each had a fairly long
line so I attempted to use the self check out.
The bar code on the plastic bag wouldn't scan. I had to wait for the
attendant while see assisted another customer.
The package was too light to register as being placed in the bag. More
The bill scanner wouldn't recognize the new issue $5 bill, the only
bills I grabbed off my dresser before heading to the store.
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