I have recently started using the self-check stand at the grocery store. When I first saw a self-check stand I was a little bit afraid of it. After all even the checkers who had been working for years often got stalled by a scan code that wouldn’t, scan that is. Then as I turned my cart into the fifteen item or less aisle and waited my turn behind a woman who had twenty five items I giggled thinking that a self-check stand could be where you stand an make checks all over yourself.
I think that my little chuckle might have made the woman with twenty five items a little nervous. It didn’t make her move any faster though. It was then that I decided that someday soon I might try to think about using one of the self check out kiosks.
One big advantage of of the self check out is that there are no magazines there. No National Enquirer, no Soap Opera Digest, not even a TV Guide. There also is no candy chips or beef jerky to tempt you either. Just a half dozen scanners that look kind of scary and talk to you when you push the right button.
I have used the scanners at three places, Smith’s,Albertsons, and Lowe’ s. The first one I used was at Smith’s. I had only a few items and screwed up my courage walked up to one of the Kiosks and touched the screen where it said Start. The voice told me to scan my shoppers card. So I started digging through my purse to find it. Then I realized it was on my keyring. So I pulled that out and scanned the card.
The machine went Boop! Robot lingo for success I guess. Then I was told to scan my first item. It was a quart of milk. Boop! Success again. I was told to put it in the bagging area. So I did. My next item was a loaf of bread. Boop! This was beginning to be fun. Until I got to my final item a cantaloupe. Oh no! It didn’t have a barcode!
The checker who was in charge of the six kiosks had to come over and help me. First I had to press look up on the screen then find fruits and vegetables then find cantaloupes and press that button. Actually you just touch the screen. Then the little voice tells you to put the item on the scale, also part of the scanner and the cantaloupe was rung up.
Finally it was time to pay. “Select payment type,” it told me. Cash was my choice. There is also the option to pay with a check or credit card. Since I had cash that was what I chose.
“Insert coins first then bills.” The voice told me.
“OK” I said back. Now I was talking to a machine. Since my total was $5.16 I inserted a dime a nickel and a penny. Now all I owed was five dollars. I tried to put my five dollar bill into the slot. The machine tried to spit it back out. “Darn, I forgot to wash and iron my money before I came. ” I mumbled. Finally I smoothed the bill out enough for the machine to take it! Success! Yeah! I did a happy dance all the way out to the car.
Since then I have also used self check at Albertsons and Lowe’ s. I would halve to say that Albertsons is a bit naggy. The voice tells you to insert cash or pay with card even after you have inserted your freshly ironed cash. Then it makes you wait for your change if you get any. The self check outs at Lowe’s is much nicer, a lot like the ones at Smith’s.