Sometimes a Uniform is off puting. And Armed security guards have a
reputation for winging the innocent - whether or not that reputation is
deserved is another matter. Think Dick Cheney with a shotgun. :)
I work with a guy that was a bit crazy when a kid.
He walked into a store with his heavy metal tape. Picked up a boom box,
opened a pack of batteries and put them in, as well as his tape. Put it on
his shoulder and blared the heavy metal music. Store manger yells at him
"get the hell out of here with that thing" so he did.
Another time, same store, he walked out with a canoe.
Well you could always just scan one and not the other, but then you get
caught at the door. I don't know if the self check outs deactivate also, I
often have the head cashier come over and assist when he or she hears some
kind of alarm.
I suspect that the bag area weighs the plastic bags when a new customer
begins scanning. If you toss your heavier cloth bag on the scale it thinks
you are trying to add something that has not been scanned. Most all grocery
stores that have self check out are equipped much like the Self Serve at HD.
It's all based on weight. The thing that hold the bag is actually a
scale. Every item in the store has been weighted and the weight is
stored in the scanner computer. You try to scan one item and put 3 in
the bag, it will catch you.
So you put your own bag on the scale and it thinks you are sliding
something by the scanner.
J. Clarke wrote:
If you're really on a time-critical mission or working, granted. But as
other respondents noted (and has been my experience as well), about as
often as not the da-ed things don't work reliably enough that the time
savings is minimal at best and the aggravation is certainly not worth
whatever small amount of time it might save.
I won't use the things simply for such reasons and I'm certainly not
Chill, dood! :)
Life's too much a rush already--that's what we small town folk do
best--chat up the neighbor even if we did just see him at the donut shop
(aka "intellectual center" at 7)...
_I'm_ highly unlikely to be in much of a hurry to begin with...I'm the
one who doesn't care whether the fella' in front is talking to the
clerk(ette)! (In fact, here it's a good chance I know him/her as well
and can simply just join in the party...)
When I have attempted to use one of the beasties, however (almost always
in the accompaniment of somebody else who does think they're in a
hurry), the previous posters' litanies of problems w/ them seem to crop
up virtually every time...it's the aggravation of that I can do w/o
finding the other aggravation of standing in the queue of lesser evil
even if there isn't somebody to chat up.... :)
I'd guess 90% of the "shopping" I do is at places where have open
accounts, anyway. In general, unless I can do that I don't patronize
the location on a regular basis.
Dart Drugs. Rockville, Maryland. 1980. I'm standing on line at three in
the am along with about 100 other customers. The single clerk is
checking the sales price of Every item against the store flyer. I ask
the guy behind me if it's usually this bad. He says people have been
known to reach retirement age and die in a Dart Drugs line. Smart
shoppers, he says, put enough food and beverage in their cart to ensure
they can make it to the checkout. He notes that I might have a problem
and offers a snickers. They have horrifying loss rates on food and
beverages. No one ever pays for anything consumed on line.
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