Sunday, October 7, 2012

Today's PStUM: Self-Checkout Aisles

Not pictured: a job that gives self-esteem and income.

Why have the powers that be decided that the removal of human interaction from all facets of our daily life is the right call? I may not be the brightest person on earth, but automated checkout lines are confusing as shit. It’s not more “convenient” to give your customers a chore while they buy from your grocery store. I think Giant Eagle will survive as a chain if they add a few more minimum wage workers to their locations instead of these asinine (and presumably expensive) machines that no one actually likes. I’m surprised there is no popular movement demanding that grocery stores create jobs for young people and the disabled rather than use an automated system that helps nothing but maintain a marginal level of efficiency in each store.

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