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Greedy Walmart At It Again.

Walmart is introducing self scanners in a move to get rid of cashiers altogether. They will put on fewer cashiers to encourage people to use the scanners, then they will justify employing fewer cashiers by saying that people prefer to use the scanners.

Right now each Walmart store makes millions of dollars and the profits go to the USA, but at least some money stays here in the form of wages. When they start laying off cashiers it means even less money stays here.

Please don’t use these scanners. I realize you might have to stand in line for 5 more minutes (it might seem like longer but typically it’s not long at all), but if it means thousands of dollars stay in our area every month and more people have jobs then it is worth it.

Otherwise use the scanners but don’t complain when more people are unemployed and on welfare.

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  1. Support local then. Countless businesses have made this change. Put your money where your mouth is.

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  2. Walmart sucks. Don’t support them.

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  3. Taryn Millar Taryn Millar says:

    They already have them… Everywhere

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  4. Tre Hack Tre Hack says:

    I’ll shop where I want and use whatever is most convenient. Walmart is a garbage employer anyways!

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  5. Thanks to sprawl-mart we have seen the demise of Sears, Woodwards, Eatons,
    K-Mart and Zellers

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  6. I always use self checkouts when i can because i hate having the clerk make comments about what i buy. I also dont shop at walmart because i dislike all the people there

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  7. I boycott self checkout for this exact reason!! I will also boycott these scanners

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  8. Amanda Mae Amanda Mae says:

    I love Walmart. I spend more money there than anywhere. Why? More for my dollar. And I don’t make enough to “support local”. That being said.. I refuse to use self checkouts for this exact reason. Whether it’s Walmart, or grocery stores. Same with machines to order at places like McDonald’s.

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    • Lisa Whelan Lisa Whelan says:

      You spend more there maybe because you dont bother looking elsewhere and seeing that there are way better deals out there than walmart. True story.

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    • Nasab Radwan Nasab Radwan says:

      But when walmart matches all competitor prices, why would i spend more fuel and time going to different places to get those deals….. that Wal-Mart will give me anyways?

      I love walmart. But i think every store has great qualities. Walmart has baby clothes for $1 twice a year. Superstore is great for their wide selection of lots of products you can’t usually find elsewhere. Costco has am amazing refund policy, H&W can’t be beat for produce prices.

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    • Lisa Whelan where are these deals? I’d genuinely love to know to see if I’m missing something? H & W I like but the produce goes bad quickly and it’s wasted. Shoppers is more expensive. Costco a few things are about the same or a bit less when you break the prices down to size. But I can’t always afford huge quantities.
      Local markets are more expensive.
      I shop walmart and Superstore as I haven’t found anywhere cheaper to feed my family of 5.

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    • No Frills stores are the cheapest I’ve found. And same food as superstore.

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    • Amanda Mae Amanda Mae says:

      No frills is my favorite grocery store for sure! Some pretty awesome deals there.

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    • Amanda Mae Amanda Mae says:

      No frills is my favorite grocery store for sure! Some pretty awesome deals there.

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    • Do you wonder why they can’t beat Wal-Mart prices??? Because they support cheap labour! How can you expect to be paid a fair wage but support that?

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    • Lisa Whelan Lisa Whelan says:

      I didn’t really mean to sound so snarky last night..lol.. but i shop around and check flyers etc.. i save a ton of money by not shopping at walmart. Certainly for groceries, wal mart is ridiculously over priced.

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  9. i do prefer the self checkout, thanks.

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  10. I know that people are in a hurry, but I never use self check out and won’t use these scanners either, no matter how long I have to wait in line. The more people that use the conveniences, the more jobs that are lost. If everyone waited for a cashier, more jobs would have to be created to accommodate that

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  11. GREEDY Walmart is right!!

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  12. I see it as a solution to the cashiers they never have….

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  13. Piahno Haans Piahno Haans says:

    I do prefer to use the self checkouts though? I’m also there to save money, less people they pay the more money I’ll save.

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  14. Lmao then don’t shop there

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  15. Increase in minimum wage will do that. I prefer them…quicker than waiting in line.

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  16. Renee Huff Renee Huff says:

    Scanners only take debit or credit, which ticks off shoppers like myself who like to use cash….gotta get with the times and get the machines that can take everything.

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  17. Rather than not using the scanner, maybe just don’t shop at Walmart.

    If you truly want to see wages stay in your community, shop local.

    I have a family, I know every dollar counts, but there are affordable alternatives.

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    • Win Chan Win Chan says:

      Might be just me but I never felt the need to go to walmart and don’t like a lot of their foods, especially the meat. Tons of other stores you can get your groceries from. I don’t mind paying a little more for nicer food, toilet paper, paper towel, stationary, etc..

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    • Donna Whitford – Superstore will price match Walmart and their No Name/PC Line is decent.

      H&W produce is hard to beat.

      In season fruit and vegetables from small vendors at the farmers markets are always affordable – canning or freezing them ensures they are available to you year round.

      Giant Tiger also price matches.

      For clothing – Old Navy, Warehouse One, Children’s Place always have smoking sales.

      Small vendors at local markets are also reasonably priced – whether you looking for food, gifts, clothing, or baked goods.

      It’s hard to avoid chains altogether, but there ARE affordable alternatives to WalMart. (And ones that are locally owned and operated under the franchise umbrella, like No Frills or Canadian Tire – both of which will price match)

      There is a lot out there.

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    • Lisa Whelan Lisa Whelan says:

      No frills..shoppers. costco! Just a few..walmart blows.

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    • Costco is actually a good employer. A family member worked there. She said her pay was decent and so was the way they treated her as an employee.

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    • Win Chan yes but what’s the affordable alternative you mentioned? Haven’t found any place cheaper then Walmart or Superstore. I’d be willing to try local if they can match what I pay at Walmart. I can’t afford to spend a little extra for my family of 5.

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    • Jenn LaValley I find h & w produce goes bad quite quickly. I only buy stuff if I’m using it within 24 hours.
      I’ve always found local markets way more expensive in comparison to the big stores though, and I go to them often

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    • Win Chan Win Chan says:

      Save on, superstore, safeway, etc… still less expensive than some of the little ‘mom and pop’ speciality grocers. If you pay attention to the sales sometimes you can get deals. Costco if you buy in large quantities.

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    • Win Chan Win Chan says:

      Yea Costco is decent. Worked for them when I was younger and still in school. Routinely they gave raises based on seniority. Back then after being there for a while, the people doing the same at walmart, superstore, etc.. would be up to around 18/hr after, when you’d get around 10 back then at the others. Harder to get employed into though. This was several years ago so sure it’s higher now.

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    • H&W isnt going to be the top produce – let’s be real, you get what you pay for – but on a budget you do what you must.

      As for local markets – the key is small. The mom and pop stands, the small farms looking to unload their extras. There is a veggie supplier at the camrose farmers market that offers a bag of their excess produce for like $10, and it’s enough to feed a family of 6 for the week. Granted that’s Camrose but the deals ARE there if you look for them. People want an alternative – they’re readily available, but they aren’t as convenient. Why do you think places like Walmart rule the retail game?

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    • Brian Booth Brian Booth says:

      I’ve never had an issue with H&W produce and I can buy enough fruit and vegetables for my family of 6 for 2 weeks for 50 bucks or less. And not sure what the issue with their quality is either. I’m too tall to see the top shelf of my fridge and found 2 plums that were there for almost a month and they were still good

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  18. People still shop here???? Whu??

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  19. Self scanners were comming regardless.

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  20. Daryl Perry Daryl Perry says:

    I even refuse to use the touch screen menu’s at McDs etc…

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  21. Pam Goliath Pam Goliath says:

    I really don’t see how they can have less cashiers than they already do.

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  22. Brad Daniels Brad Daniels says:

    Oh they have actual cashiers?

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  23. We tried that scanner thing. Didn’t work worth a dam anyway lol

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  24. Anita McGinn Anita McGinn says:

    I prefer self checkout. But I’ve noticed at the Clareview location at least that they have more cashiers open lately and have put a limit to how many items you can take through self checkout. I still prefer doing it myself though. I can get a full cart scanned, sorted & bagged properly through self checkout faster than a cashier.

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    • Yes i too find I can check myself out much quicker. I do realize jobs are important, but so is my time. I recall numerous times I stood in line for over half an hour.
      I actually do grocery pickup for my big grocery shop. I have been treated amazing by employees there.

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  25. So what they don`t employ Canadians anyway

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  26. Todd James Todd James says:

    They had self checkouts before… theft was insane… they wont do that again.

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  27. Here in Moncton they took away the ‘express’ checkouts last year, right around the time they started charging for bags. I loathe WM and won’t shop there. I worked there briefly as well…the most depressing environment I’ve ever worked in.

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  28. You are right, if people refuse use the self check outs and the scanners, then maybe they will give people the job of cashier…. and get rid of the crappy technology….

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  29. But I don’t like social interaction…

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  30. We tried the scanner system on friday and 3/4 of the way through the scanner crashed and we had to go through the regular cashier anyways. Total waste of time and space.
    The thing I really have a problem with is having to bag my own items if I dont want to pay for bags. They are not set up properly for self-bagging like Superstore is.

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  31. Sheri Jean Sheri Jean says:

    I dont use them….”doesn’t recognize item”….”please place item in bag” when I already did….”please wait for attendant”….and after all the bs trying to scan my items I would just rather go to a live cashier who will also bag my items

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  32. At the Wal-Mart in Albany this will be extremely useful seeing as they only have max 3 cashiers at all times.

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  33. I use them when I don’t care to make small talk. And I like to bag my own items

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  34. I never use self checkouts because I feel it takes away someone’s employment. If they revert to scanners, I will just not shop there anymore, ever! It’s time to start supporting the smaller local businesses. If you pay a few cents more (and I am on a tight budget) it would be worth it in the long run.

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  35. Tyler Seguin Tyler Seguin says:

    Lol I just have to say, as the world grows more technologically advanced so will companies. You have to remember, its a business first and foremost. Whatever they have to do and can do to increase revenue and profits they’ll do it. Its about making money in the end otherwise it wouldn’t exist. That’s just the reality of the business world.

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  36. Evan Marcoff Evan Marcoff says:

    Whatever helps lower costs of services I require, I will do. People thought that companies were going to just absorb the minimum wage bump quietly? HAH!

    People will find new job or deal with it in some other way that they see fit.

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  37. I use the scanners because the cashiers don’t bag my stuff properly nor care to listen when I ask them not to put too many boxes in one bag therefore puncturing it. And when I use my own bags? Same thing. One bag heavy and the other light, they crush the bread, not put meat separately. Etc. If they maybe cared about their staff more or paid attention more, I would totally use cashiers more! Sobeys cashiers by my place are great.

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  38. Win Chan Win Chan says:

    That’s why left-leaning policies like upping minimum wage don’t really work, because then companies will find ways to cut costs to make up for the increased wages, like McDonalds replacing cashiers with self-serve kiosks. There’s only a finite amount of money allocated to keeping people working within a company’s budget. That being said, self-serve kiosks actually are often slower than cashiers, but they give customers the illusion that they’re taking less time. The worst is all the times they get stuck and tell you to find assistance.

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  39. I agree they want us to also pay using transfer of funds or something like that and my flip phone can’t do anything more than chat.

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  40. Maybe if they arnt on the till theu can stock the shelves. Sorry but im sick and tired of my shit being sold out and getting lippy ass bitchy woman giving me attitude because they hate thier job.

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  41. Remember when the banks started ATM’s Same thing. We were told we were being replaced my a machine.

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  42. I should get employee dicount for using self checkout

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  43. LuckyMe Chan LuckyMe Chan says:

    I perfer self check out. They are fast have 8 out a time unlike 3 rows of cashiers

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  44. Aly Kaba Aly Kaba says:

    I hate using self-checkout. I like interacting with the cashier.

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  45. Scanners have been at Walmart for years..

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  46. Rick Benford Rick Benford says:

    I always ask the one monitoring the self check out for an employee discount!
    When they say no, then I say ok, I will go to the person your paying to do this and walk away!

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  47. Mcdonald’s are also,CIBC is going teller less.My brother n law walked in CIBC Airdrie Alberta, he had to leave and find another one to do his transactions.

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  48. I refuse to use the useless self check out and I will refuse to use the scanners as well

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  49. Lisa Whelan Lisa Whelan says:

    Even better….just shop elsewhere!

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  50. Lisa Whelan Lisa Whelan says:

    Its not even cheap! I find way better deals everywhere over walmart, why even bother? Vote with your money, is where it counts! and shop elsewhere..

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  51. No I don’t use these gadgets or self checkout. Walmart offers no discount to a customer, if the customer uses self checkout. Why would I line their pockets even further by doing a job Walmart should be offering?

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  52. Vince Gillis Vince Gillis says:

    Just stay away from there.

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  53. Elham Is Elham Is says:

    I have noticed Shoppers have the self scanners installed in some locations .

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  54. By using a scanner you are taking away a person’s job.. by scanning your own items you should be getting a staff discount.. remember all the money spent at a Wal-Mart goes to the USA.

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  55. I can not stand the use of scanners at all, but if I only have one item, i may be tempted

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  56. It’s inevitable. Self checkout/on line shopping, etc.

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  57. Graham Frost Graham Frost says:

    I will always use self checkout. Nothing is worse than dealing with people. Now I don’t have to say a word when I go buy stuff.

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  58. Cindy Dato Cindy Dato says:

    If I have 5 items, if course I’m going to scan. What’s wrong with you?? I’m not going to stand in line for 10mins, when I can scan in and out for 5 min.

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  59. Barry Martin Barry Martin says:

    Most of them alright have self checkout.They are debit/credit card only, no cash.

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  60. Seamstresses were outraged by the invention of the sewing machine and lots of jobs were lost. As technology progresses in the world jobs change. There is a job with a technician who needs to maintenance and reapir those scanners. The only constant in this world is change, if you can’t accept this then you will continue to find problems your entire life.

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  61. I live in Lethbridge and the Shoppers Drug Mart on the West side now has scanners. What a joke.

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  62. Always self scan. Makes it easier to swindle the system.

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  63. I just stopped going to Walmart all together years ago.
    I hate it there.

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  64. Ruth Chalk Ruth Chalk says:

    I have a hard enough time using self check out….. and honestly it’s not like self check out is any faster then an actual cashier…..cause it still requires a human to scan the items and bag the items….and heaven for bid something falls you have to stand around for 5 minutes for someone to wave something in front of the machine so you can continue. Fuck these pay scanner things…. I am happy waiting in line

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  65. People get sucked in by advertised lower prices. Check it out, an item isn’t necessarily cheaper just because Walmart sells it.

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  66. Technology yes and Walmart gets a hard no. I don’t support a shit company that is shit to their employees. Walmart is the problem, not self checkouts.

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  67. Kathy Rybock Kathy Rybock says:

    Those scanners will last until they start getting broken or stolen.

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  68. They minus well there’s never any cashiers anyways !!

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  69. Kenny Joe Kenny Joe says:

    Lols I could bore you with facts like these have been in trial use since the 90s, that they are designed for quick, limited purchases and cashless but let’s face it, facts ain’t going to make you feel righteous and like your sticking it to the man, will it? Rock on Rebel yellers!!

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  70. Katie Smith Katie Smith says:

    I use self scanners mostly because of the employees I’ve interacted with at the cash who act as though it is an inconvenience to help me. A “hello” or a smile would be nice while you take your good old time ringing me through. There’s rarely eye contact and they seem to pay attention everywhere else around them. This is not for all Walmart locations and not for all Wal-Mart employees… just a bulk of who I’ve encountered. So for me, I use self scanners to avoid the awkward and irritating interactions I seem to encounter.

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  71. Rye Weskey Rye Weskey says:

    Dirty dirty walmart….but all these great, great deals….

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  72. Rye Weskey Rye Weskey says:

    I only use self checkout when I don’t have any boogers in my nose, otherwise, I like to show them off a little bit by chatting up the teller and letting them know my bug collection is still sterile.

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  73. Omg……what if they put in self serve customer service? No person responsible for customer issues any more 🙁

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  74. Kelly Smith Kelly Smith says:

    the scanners are good for ppl that five finger items and not good for cashiers or customers covering the losses due to self checkout thefts.

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  75. Ange Freer Ange Freer says:

    I refuse to use self checkout lanes anywhere that has them, for this EXACT reason. I have even gone so far as to state that rather loudly for others to hear. Which is usually met with confrontational glares by those contributing to more lost jobs. At a time when jobs are hard to come by, using those self checkout lanes is causing further harm to an already unstable system. I don’t care how long I have to stand in line if it means someone get to keep their job. Same goes for the bank … I’ll wait in line to deal with a teller before I use the automated bank machines.

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