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[Everyday Life]

The wait at the store cash register


I remember the time before the invention of bar codes, when cashiers had to punch in the price of each item. This is how old I am *LOL*. Back in that time, most people were also paying in cash, which means seeking for the money in your wallet, counting, and for the cashier to give back the change(which meant she had to know math). And guess what? It was much faster than today!

Nowadays, cashiers just pass items in front of bar code readers, and people mostly pay with bank cards. So, I would assume that the checkout lanes would move quickly and more efficiently. But NO ! In fact, it's worse. I don't get it.

Is it only my store? Or are you observing the same? And anyone can explain this to me?


by: G-1289


May 11, 2017 (2 years ago)

3 Replies & Comments

Same here Beth,

- Cashiers spend their time chatting between each others,
- Bar codes are not always working,
- For some operations they need to call in, and wait for someone to come with a key or magnetic badge,
- Mistakes in prices,
- Discounts not applied,
- Bank cards are not always working, or it's the card device, or it's the user who is unsure of his/her PIN,

So, "yes", it's not faster nowadays!

When I was a kid, I remember that cashier were typing the prices or codes, I don't remember, and what was puzzling me, was that their keyboards were hidden, there was just a thin space to put their hands, and they couldn't see the keys. I never understood why it was. Anyone know?

TurtleJohn from Spain

by: TurtleJohn

Message #1

February 12, 2019 (8 months ago)

Oh, and I would like to add that, it's not because items are scanned faster than it speeds up things... packing items in bag is still a bottleneck 😁

TurtleJohn from Spain

by: TurtleJohn

Message #2

February 12, 2019 (8 months ago)

I have a theory about it... You know, when you wait, there are these candies, and other colorfull packages, next to you... the more you wait, the more you are tempted to add them to your cart... coincidence... I don't think so.

by: G-1681

Message #3

March 03, 2019 (7 months ago)

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