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09 August 2016 @ 07:09 am
Yet another way in which many people are worse than me  
Around a third of all customers cheat the supermarket self-service checkout machines in some way.

Thanx to andrewducker
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kerkevik_2014: Don't Mess with Evil!Tarakerkevik_2014 on August 9th, 2016 11:18 am (UTC)
Well at least I can say I never have, or do; for I refuse to use them at all, unless I absolutely have no choice. To me they are way of keeping people out of work; pretty shiity work, but they are jobs at least.

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Marissa Lingenmrissa on August 9th, 2016 12:54 pm (UTC)
And the excuse that they were forced to do the work of a checkout person rings hollow to me for precisely this reason: I have literally never seen a store where they had only self-check. You can pretty much always choose to wait in a line with a cashier. So if someone is saying, "well, it's okay for me to cheat the store because the store forced me to do the work of a checker"--the store did not force them to any such thing. The store gave them two options, and they chose to avoid the cashier and then cheat the system.
El Coyote Gordo: coy1supergee on August 9th, 2016 02:20 pm (UTC)
The stores always try to get the customers to do as much of the work as possible, whether it’s checking themselves out or standing on line (which, as Bucky Fuller pointed out, is always unpaid work). That still strikes me as a pretty puny excuse to steal from them.

tx_cronopiotx_cronopio on August 9th, 2016 03:48 pm (UTC)
Not the case in my local stores. If you show up before 8, self-check is about your only option.
Marissa Lingenmrissa on August 9th, 2016 06:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you for telling me, that's useful to know so I don't base arguments on wrong information.
John M. Burtjohn_m_burthotm on August 11th, 2016 09:55 am (UTC)
Every couple of years I will try to scan my purchases with one of these dubious robots. Something always goes wrong, and I walk away and go to the human cashier I should have gone to in the first place.
Alisonbohemiancoast on August 9th, 2016 02:13 pm (UTC)
But the actual evidence (which says 'up to', always suspicious) is behind a paywall. We have only the abstract. And, as you know Bob, whenever a scientific report purports to say something astonishing, it never actually does.
El Coyote Gordo: coy3supergee on August 9th, 2016 02:18 pm (UTC)
Good point
amaebiamaebi on August 9th, 2016 03:11 pm (UTC)
Wow, that many!
tx_cronopiotx_cronopio on August 9th, 2016 03:49 pm (UTC)
It never even dawned on me to try to cheat them, I always figured there were cameras watching.

I do cuss at them a lot, on the rare occasion I am forced to use one. Hate those things.
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on August 9th, 2016 04:20 pm (UTC)
Just watching them in normal operation convinces me that cheating them would be a nuisance. For instance, swapping barcodes: it's pretty clear that the scanner's memory encodes the weight as well as price of each item.
A Wandering Hobbitredbird on August 9th, 2016 07:26 pm (UTC)
As it says, entering the wrong code for produce would be relatively easy; one of my local supermarkets says "Place your...bananas...on the belt" for that sort of common produce, but "place your...item...on the belt" for others, such as pluots.

Fraudulent tickers are older than self-checkout, of course: people have been putting tags that said "$1.99" over things that are really $5.99 for a long time. (A cashier will notice if a television rings up for three dollars, but small differences are easy to overlook.)
Sheilacat_collector on August 9th, 2016 10:34 pm (UTC)
I must be a rarity, then, because I like them. At the store I usually shop, they're a new thing (actually a newly brought back thing), so I can normally walk right up and check out with my handful of items rather than have to wait behind several people in the express line with 15-20 items.
browngirl on August 10th, 2016 04:51 am (UTC)
Let's be rarities together! As well as the time factor, sometimes I don't have the energy to deal with a cashier.
Toomas Nipernaadinipernaadiagain on August 10th, 2016 10:01 am (UTC)
Well, probably not a rarity - may-be the people like you and me, who find we have lack of spoons for a cashier, but can face a machine, are just less likely to write a comment?

Here, of course, self check out means I get a reader at door, keep reading/adding items as I go along and just pay at checkout (and get a chocolate if I am the random person, whose items get checked by shop worker)
Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Tikkiresonant on August 10th, 2016 11:29 pm (UTC)
I just stand in line for a human cashier while reading. About as fast as using the self-checkout, and I get to do something enjoyable.