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# I rarely have any trouble with them...
...and the queue's usually a lot quicker. I think the shuffling masses don't realise that a queue that's twice as long, but for four tills, goes twice as fast. That, and luddites refuse to use them.

The trick is to not bother trying to put things into bags on the scales -- that just confuses the POS*. Beep everything through, then bag it after you've paid.

The ones with a big coin chute instead of a slot are also handy for getting rid of change. I periodically dump the shrapnel from my wallet into one, then pay the remainder by card like I planned to anyway. Fuck you, Coinstar.

* Point of Sale? Yes! Piece of Shit? Also yes!
(, Mon 7 May 2012, 16:44, archived)
# Congratulations! You just did menial work for free.
(, Mon 7 May 2012, 17:00, archived)
# ... really, that's your problem with them? Princess Gronkpan's too precious to wave her own tesco finest lasagne at the damn laser?
What, do you get a kick out of the looks of quiet despair from the poor bastards, as they sit there in their dead-end jobs... staring consumerism in its greasy, flabby face, day in, day out... wondering, as the pointless years drift away, where they went wrong in their lives?

You've still got to pick up all your crap beforehand to put it on the conveyor, and again to bag it up at the other side, so all the effort a manned till saves you is, er, orienting it so the barcode points at the scanner.

Robotills save the shop "menial work", sure, but they cost the customer an utterly negligible amount of work, if any, compared to the alternative. "Amount of work done" is not a fixed value, otherwise supermarkets could make your shopping run less work by paying people to jump up and down.

In other words, you're flat-out wrong... shall I just put you down under "luddite"?
(, Mon 7 May 2012, 22:10, archived)