Self Service Check-out lines.
I absolutely love these. Especially at places like Wally-world where the average checker is, shall we say, not the brightest bulb in the hallway. Earlier this week when I had to darken the door of that particular establishment (I’m a Target girl), I was really happy to avoid the oh-so-brillant looking checker and scan my two items and get out of there as quickly as possible. Our Home Depot has them has them, except there they are the default. There is only one line with a checker, and that is more for the contractors than regular folk. And it rocks in the grocery store! I even got to use it today when I purchased alcohol! Way cool! I wish I could use them all the time, and not only when I have less than twenty items. You can also find them at the Austin IKEA. They make this neat little “splook” noise each time you scan the item. Very satisfying. Sadly, my Target does not have the self service lines. This keeps it from being the perfect store.
I find it odd that there could be controversy over this. Some people in Stepford complained when they added the lines to our local grocery store. They actually thought it took something away from the grocery experience. Ok, I could live without the sixteen year old hottie flirting with the bag boy while I’m in a hurry. My mother-in-law doesn’t like them, either. But she is also “old school” and expects a lot of customer service from every establishment she enters. We gen-xers have basically given up on all of that and expect to have to fend for ourselves.
So let’s hear it for the self service check-out! The perfect way for the misanthropic control freak to shop!