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# I'll never understand why people choose these machines over having someone else scan your items for you
you're not getting paid to use them
(, Mon 7 May 2012, 15:22, archived)
# I've stopped using them
unless there is a queue for the manned tills and these are available, and I don't have any goods likely to confuse it
(, Mon 7 May 2012, 15:25, archived)
# ^This.
Plus, it takes about half the time to use a till run by an actual human, rather than a stroppy machine.

Although, you're just as likely to get a stroppy human, especially in Tesco.
(, Mon 7 May 2012, 15:28, archived)
# It's also better for the economy to keep the youf employed
(, Mon 7 May 2012, 15:39, archived)
# Exactly.
Unless they employ students to maintain the machines, that is.
(, Mon 7 May 2012, 15:53, archived)
# This is the thing
They don't serve people any quicker. The only reason they exist is because its cheaper to keep a machine going than to pay someone wages.
(, Mon 7 May 2012, 15:53, archived)
# and if the youf don't have jobs then they can't afford to buy your stuff so they nick it
which is easier to do when you have a computer manning your tills

it's the circle of life
(, Mon 7 May 2012, 16:12, archived)
(, Mon 7 May 2012, 16:30, archived)
# Well that went downhill quickly
Thankfully JMG was funny.
(, Mon 7 May 2012, 16:43, archived)
# cheers man, that thread is hilarious :D
(, Mon 7 May 2012, 16:47, archived)
# it's pretty simple really, if you go in for a case of beer and the tills are all queued up to fuck
you'd be fucking mental not to use the self-scan thing
(, Mon 7 May 2012, 15:34, archived)
# We can't buy beer at the supermarket here
they have to have a seperate shop next door

they'd be fucking mental to not have staff behind the counter in the bottle shop
(, Mon 7 May 2012, 15:36, archived)
# But when scanning any age-restricted item, the machine then tells you to wait while the 'you don't look over 25 to me, sonny' brigade are called
so you end up standing there for ages anyway :(
(, Mon 7 May 2012, 15:40, archived)
# ^ This. They're a pain
and the manned till queues would move quicker if they had a few more of them and not these taking up the space.
(, Mon 7 May 2012, 15:36, archived)
# They should pay out...
There should be a discount for using the machines. A refund of the wages that Tesco are saving. I have only used the machines three times, and each time they tried to cause some kind of fight by whining about the items. Never got through one without a staff member involved.

As to the "one case of beer" - this is what the fag counter is for. :)
(, Mon 7 May 2012, 16:24, archived)
# 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)
# Anything that does away with actual human contact
is a plus, to be honest.
(, Tue 8 May 2012, 0:41, archived)