Scan & Go! No thank you~

Scan & Go photo at Walmart by Pat Z Anthony
@PatZAnthony (12372)
Charlotte, North Carolina
April 28, 2017 9:56pm CST
The Scan & Go idea is great to some, while to others it strikes a nerve. As humans are replaced in what businesses claim is an effort to save consumers money, some of those humans will not be able to find jobs. My photo shared here was taken at a Walmart we visited which replaced eight registers with the new equipment we are all familiar with that allows you to check out on your own, or Scan & Go. We avoid stores offering this option as much as possible. We also refuse to use the Scan & Go aisles. Some think our refusal to visit certain stores or to use the Scan & Go aisles won't make a difference, but for us, we think it could. What do you think? Do you have Scan & Go aisles in stores near you?
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@sharon6345 (118625)
• United States
29 Apr 17
I won't stop going to one that has one. But I stopped using them. I had more issues with scanning then the cashier. Plus something about a friendly cashier is rewarding.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
29 Apr 17
Yes, we want humans, not machines, to help us @sharon6345
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@sharon6345 (118625)
• United States
29 Apr 17
@PatZAnthony That works best for me.
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@GardenGerty (96731)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Apr 17
@sharon6345 I agree. It is nice to have a human being to share with.
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Apr 17
ues all of them and I hate the thingsd I will mot usetjhem
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
29 Apr 17
It is a new world @Hatley and many of us are kicking and screaming while we are being dragged into the future.
• Philippines
29 Apr 17
They are not entirely reliable to begin with. I mean what if that machine isn't working or the person won't have his groceries scan.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
29 Apr 17
That happens @Letranknight2015 Then an employee has to be called to fix what is not right.
@Happy2BeMe (74372)
• Canada
29 Apr 17
We do have them here and I refuse to use them. Not only is it taking away jobs from others but why should I do all the work and not even get a discount for doing it? I see they even have them at McDonald's now when you are placing your orders.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
29 Apr 17
So much automation in the world now and people don't think about the person losing their jobs @Happy2BeMe
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@Happy2BeMe (74372)
• Canada
29 Apr 17
@PatZAnthony I know and I think that is sad.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
30 Apr 17
@Happy2BeMe It really has caused unemployment issues, but big business is not concerned about this.
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@GardenGerty (96731)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Apr 17
We do have stores that have self checkouts. They still must have an attendant, but it is usually something like one per four registers. I hate them. The few times I have tried to use them they have malfunctioned. If they talk to me with an audible voice I talk back and feel crazy for doing so. I do not see that they save any time for those people who believe they do, but the overwork the attendant who must manage four lanes instead of one.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
30 Apr 17
So many don't see what it is doing to the person managing more lanes than one @GardenGerty
• Midland, Michigan
1 May 17
I don't know that they are there so much to save time as for people to be able to watch more closely that they are being charge the price they expected to pay. Don't worry, I talk back to the machine all the time, but I work in a store that has them. We have to manage six lanes at once which is okay except certain times of the day when it's exceptionally busy and people get mad when they have to wait a few minutes until it's there turn.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
4 May 17
@MarshaMusselman How many people have been eliminated in cases like this?
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@diosabella (4822)
29 Apr 17
More people will be out of job and more money to gain by the capitalist. So sad how the world is turning out today.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
29 Apr 17
Yes, we wonder what it will be like in the future and we don't like what we picture @diosabella
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30 Apr 17
@PatZAnthony This should be protested to the Department of Labor. The irony is that Labor day would be celebrated soon.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
30 Apr 17
@diosabella There are groups doing this, but we are not sure if anyone is listening.
@jaboUK (53402)
• United Kingdom
29 Apr 17
We do, and I avoid them if can. I've tried them on occasion when there have been long queues at the regular check-outs, but have always had to call an employee when something goes wrong.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
29 Apr 17
Some stores here have an employee and the self checkers, which at least keeps one employee working @jaboUK
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
1 May 17
Yes, it would seem the kids would enjoy these @MarshaMusselman
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• Pamplona, Spain
29 Apr 17
There are one or two in the Supermarkets but they do give you a choice at the moment. I avoid those kind of things also all I can. I suppose that I will have to learn how to use them but I don´t like them either.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
29 Apr 17
We are being stubborn about this and just refusing to use them now while we have the choice @lovinangelsinstead21
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• Pamplona, Spain
29 Apr 17
@PatZAnthony Wonder where all this will end? I mean if the Barcodes don´t work or want to register who the heck do you talk to a machine?
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
30 Apr 17
@lovinangelsinstead21 Here there is an employee to handle that, but still, what happened to the other eight employees who would have been at the registers that have been removed. On the unemployment line we guess.
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@LadyDuck (147879)
• Switzerland
29 Apr 17
We have not (yet) this Scan & Go aisles here in Switzerland, but the Italian supermarkets are replacing all the regular cashiers with the new machines. We have no choice there, but use the new machines.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
29 Apr 17
All of the employees were replaced in Italian supermarkets? Wow...big business here would love to do that @LadyDuck
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@LadyDuck (147879)
• Switzerland
29 Apr 17
@PatZAnthony Not all the employees, only the cashiers, there is only one every 6 automatic check out now. She/He is there just in case of problems.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
30 Apr 17
@LadyDuck We hate to hear of humans being replaced by automation of any sort.
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@Marty1 (31934)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
29 Apr 17
@patzanthony We don't have that at our Wal-Mart. My sister uses them in one grocery store, My uncle has taken me to the same store but closer to where I live, and we never use the scan yourself aisles and don;t even go anywhere near them. We would probably mix it up. My sister has no problem with them. I have no intention of using them
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
29 Apr 17
It seems more people will lose jobs @Marty1 if we do agree to use these. However, big stores like this one insist they have the same number of employees.
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@Marty1 (31934)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
29 Apr 17
@PatZAnthony I never thought about the loss of jobs. Thanks for bringing it to my attention
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
1 May 17
@Marty1 It is a concern here where so many businesses closed down over the years.
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@RubyHawk (21855)
• Atlanta, Georgia
1 May 17
I don't avoid the stores but I do avoid the scan and go isles.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
1 May 17
Some we know and certain ones we have met online will not go to Walmart ever for various reasons. However, for us, it is the Scan & Go and the other automated checkout aisles that are the issue @RubyHawk
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@RubyHawk (21855)
• Atlanta, Georgia
2 May 17
@PatZAnthony I had rather let the cashier do her job than do it for her. She gets the pay check.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
4 May 17
@RubyHawk So true.
@allknowing (61845)
• India
30 Apr 17
I would be intimidated as I would not know if I was doing it right.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
30 Apr 17
For me, it is a matter of not wanting the employee to wind up without a job @allknowing
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@allknowing (61845)
• India
1 May 17
@PatZAnthony That is the direction in which the world is going in many spheres, sadly
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
4 May 17
@allknowing Yes, it seems that way.
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@snowy22315 (44108)
• United States
29 Apr 17
We have the self check out thingies..but not in my immediate area. I don't really like them. There is always some kind of problem getting checked out it seems.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
30 Apr 17
These are things that give me a bad attitude @snowy22315
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@snowy22315 (44108)
• United States
30 Apr 17
@PatZAnthony I see...
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
1 May 17
@snowy22315 Stubborn, aren't I? Seems like these should not be in place, but it is 2017. Things were bound to change.
@ShifaLk (7496)
• India
3 May 17
I haven't seen here yet but I think that's a good idea
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
4 May 17
If these replace humans (and they do) then some will be without work @ShifaLK
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@ShifaLk (7496)
• India
9 May 17
@PatZAnthony yeah that's true, no doubt
@responsiveme (14476)
• India
2 May 17
We don't have these here and even if they come it'll be in big cities first. I live in a small town where even supermarkets are not the norm
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
4 May 17
The larger areas here probably started these first @responsiveme Soon we may see these in the smalled places too.
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• India
4 May 17
@PatZAnthony yes, they may turn up in the coming years
• United States
29 Apr 17
I haven't seen these yet at our local Walmart. Aren't they just like the self check outs no?
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
30 Apr 17
They are the same, but the store has a 'fresh' sign maybe thinking a new name would have customers using the automatic scanners @TiarasOceanView
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• United States
30 Apr 17
@PatZAnthony Oh I see Pat, thought it was some other kind of thing.
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• Midland, Michigan
29 Apr 17
We have self scanners at our location one at each end. We used to have four registers for bigger orders too, but replaced those with people manned registers this past October. We found a lot of people were stealing on the larger ones. We live in a town with a lot of international people and many from here travel and live elsewhere for five or more years at a time. When they return they've been used to doing more on their own and want the self scanners. If we took them all out, we'd lose those customers too. Our store is one of the top five busiest ones in the mid-west, probably because of the influx of people living here, but we also get a lot of people traveling between Detroit, or even further south and the lakes up north and they'll stop here for groceries before hand. If we got rid of all those, people would be upset since if the order is simple those are a bit quicker many times. We also have more cashiers working the busy shifts than any other stores. We have 26 regular lanes that are manned all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am until 7pm. We'd never replace more lanes with the self-checkouts, I know that much.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
30 Apr 17
Hoping all of the automated things that are cause job losses here disappear @MarshaMusselman
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• Midland, Michigan
30 Apr 17
@PatZAnthony They don't cause job losses here, but I can see if stores put mostly those in and quite a few less manned lanes it would be different. Here, every grocery store has a few unmanned lanes other than places like Kmart and target, but I'd not buy my groceries there as the selection isn't the same.
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@Shavkat (56924)
• Philippines
29 Apr 17
I think it is not advisable.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
29 Apr 17
We don't like these at all @Shavkat
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@Shavkat (56924)
• Philippines
30 Apr 17
@PatZAnthony It adds to stress. It is also time-consuming for certain situations.
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• Pamplona, Spain
29 Apr 17
@PatZAnthony (1717) Very often even with the Cashier there those things that they pass through the scanner often don´t bip even the second go. Just imagine using the other rubbish.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
29 Apr 17
It is not for me @lovinangelsinstead21 One person joked that we don't work there, so why do we have to do the cashier's job.
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• Pamplona, Spain
29 Apr 17
@PatZAnthony I will refuse to use them as much as I can and maybe others will do the same. The bar codes do not always sound when you pass them over the machine so what happens when you can´t get past that Bar Code and there is no one to help you.
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@PainsOnSlate (20084)
• Canada
30 Apr 17
I noticed it in the grocery store and figured it just was faster, not standing in line but I don't think I would use a store like Walmart if they had that in it. It isn't for speed, it is for money.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
30 Apr 17
We won't use one anywhere at this point b/c we are concerned about jobs in the area @PainsOnSlate
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