On Fri, 04 Aug 2006 19:48:13 -0400, "J. Clarke"
Where I grew up they were ENCO stations --- likewise haven't seen that
name in decades either.
If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough
If, as another posted noted, there were no or minimal difference (as
there isn't in the BORG), certainly. I find a big difference between
swiping a card at a dispensing machine like a gas pump and having to
scan individual items at a checkout, however. The former makes some
sense, the latter is simply an imposition on a customer (imo, ymmv,
$0.02, etc., ...).
Altho in actuality unless traveling the Co-op has user/member keyed
pumps so I use them for the car/pickup and everything else is delivered
to the on-farm storage so no hassle (other than paying the bill at the
end of the month which is getting astronomical, but that's a whole
different story :( ).
<<When I become an employee, _then_ (and only then) I'll do the
checkout...meanwhile, it's there job. >>
I don't care whose job it is, I just want in and out expeditiously, and
that occurs when I do stuff for myself. I much prefer pumping my own
gas and serving myself at restaurants so that I don't have to wait on
But, I'm pleased that others feel the way you do. That keeps the
self-serve lines short. :-)
You can be assured I won't be in either the self-serve or the manned
checkout line at a BORG often enough to be an issue in their traffic
Of course, it's easier since there isn't one within 60 miles but I
wouldn't go if it were as long as the _real_ lumberyard that we've
dealt with for 60+ years is still here--and hopefully it can make it
another 10 or so and I'll no longer care much in all likelihood.
There, there are no such things as "check out lines" and such so there
are no moronic checkers. A good ol' order form is written out that has
whatcha' took on it, and the end of the month a copy of them shows up
in the mail--a check goes back next time go to town.
Me too. I use them whenever they are available. Almost always quicker.
Plus I'd much rather do it myself & use a machine than deal with a
moron ;-) Recently bought a bunch of lumber, including 5 2x6's, at the
local Home Depot. Idiot who rang me up charged me for 6. I noticed
this on the receipt out in the parking lot & dragged the whole load back
into the store, where the same cashier was standing by the door.
Naturally he couldn't correct his mistake, I had to go stand in ANOTHER
line at the "service" desk. How hard is it to count to 5, for christ
sake? I recently moved to Seattle from central Ohio (Columbus area). I
also visit family in the Los Angeles area frequently. In central Ohio,
virtually every grocery store has self checkouts, in LA about the ONLY
place I've seen them with any regularity is Home Depot. They're a BIT
more prevalent in WA, but not much, though again the HD's do have them.
I once had to tell a cashier at a McDonald's how much change to give
me. She couldn't figure it out so asked me how much she had to give
me. I told her (honestly), but also feel sad at having to do that.
Recently bought some wine at a local QFC grocery. If you buy more than
6, they give you 10% off. For some goofy reason, if they don't ring the
wine up 1st, the register can't just figure the 10% off the wine only,
so they had to enter the discount separately. Wine total was something
like $79.85, the cashier actually had to go get a calculator to figure
the 10% discount. I know what you mean, I felt sorry for her.
Some folks just don't have any math ability. I've been truly blessed,
perhaps gifted. I can do 3 figure multiply problems, calculate 9.75%
sales tax and add that to the total in my head. In college I aced
every math course I took and sometimes never bought the textbook. I
took accelerated math courses too--an entire course squeezed into 5
days. My grandfather was the same way. The math ability comes in
handy with woodworking. BTW, my history and reading skills suck.
George Max wrote:
> I once had to tell a cashier at a McDonald's how much change to give
> me. She couldn't figure it out so asked me how much she had to give
> me. I told her (honestly), but also feel sad at having to do that.
My guess is that anybody under the age of 40, never learned how to
"make change" when they were in grade school.
Ain't calculators grand?
I have a computer program that will do it for me. It gives you the
fewest number of coins possible, too. (It was one of the first things I
wrote in my CS classes, but that's beside the point.)
Wise is the man who attempts to answer his question before asking it.
To email me directly, send a message to puckdropper (at) fastmail.fm
Here in toledo, same thing. One checkout (no automated checkout) , IF you
find a employee they just have a vague idea where anything is and walk away.
Bought a small piece of red oak to make a feather board with. Cut it in
half, turned out the damn thing was glued! Cut right thru the biscuits. They
I pretty much have experienced the same. I did a trip all over the West
last year. Stopped at few HDs to see if they had the same pathetic
operations as the one at home. Yah, there are all bad. When HD first
opened I liked them a lot better than Eagle or Lowes. But now it is
completely turned around. I almost always shop any where but HD.
I would like to package up this thread and send it to Home Depot corp
office and send along copies to some analysts on Wall Street. If anyone
would like for me to leave off their post, just say so.
Be my guest. Send mine to corporate -- I've already written them -- no
response, told CS in store of problems -- Sorry, etc., emailed store mgr
- nothing's changed. I no longer go in a HD - will pay more at small
hardware store down the road where people are friendly, know what they
have or will get it for me and seem to appreciate my business.
I wish I could short stocks in my IRA -- about $6-8 would look like a
good cover price.
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