Obviously, the economic state of America has brought about changes to the routines and patterns of life. And while some times this change is for the better, other times it’s a bitter pill to swallow. One such change I’ve noticed is the conversion Meijer has made to self-service checkout lanes; basically where you scan, checkout and bag all your self. In an apparent effort to encourage the use of these self-serve lanes Meijer is significantly decreasing the number of person-stationed checkout lanes. While not altogether busy today, Meijer only saw fit to have one of the twenty seven available person-stationed checkout lanes open. Not necessarily a matter of concern, minus the fact that there happened to be seven individual shoppers waiting to be checked out. As a point of clarification, I was shopper number seven. The annoying part about waiting in this long line of half-thawed ice cream, warm milk, and agitated humanity was the Meijer employ casing the line asking if any of us waiting would like to take advantage of the self-serve checkout lanes. Apparently, this person figured us all to be quite stupid; as if we were unaware of this grand marvel and simply droned on up to the regular ol’ checkout lane of days gone by.
If, I’d wanted to use the self-service checkout lane I’d been scanning my groceries already. But you see, I like to have there be some sort of justification for the recent rise in Meijer’s prices; ergo I like to make an employee service me. I don’t think I’m asking too much. In fact, I’m asking them to do quite little in the grand scheme of my grocery shopping experience. Honestly, if I have to scan and bag myself, I might as well stay home and do my grocery shopping online; having the end product delivered straight to my door step.
Alas, I feel no better despite my best attempts at a rant directed toward the joke that is the self-service checkout lanes. I guess I’m left eating a bowl of half-thawed ice cream.