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Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Alf S, Jun 4, 2015.

  1. jcroy

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    (Without getting heavily into politics).

    I generally do not assume that promises will be fulfilled, unless there is an absolute death penalty to the promiser(s) for non-fulfillment .

    Both figuratively and literally.
     
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  2. jcroy

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    How I came to such a cynical mindset about promises, dates back to when I was a kid/teenager.

    I repeatedly encountered one too many promises which were completely broken. Especially when it comes to family members, they repeatedly doubled-down and tried to convince me that they never promised anything.

    Basically their standard doubling-down tactic was to argue: "An oral agreement / promise is only worth the paper is it written on".
     
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  3. Johnny Angell

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    When a tech support person doesn’t know the product and starts to read from a checklist. “Yeah it’s plugged in and all the connections are working, how else could I see the tv screen with content.” This just happened to me today, combined with the fact I had to tell the tech person 3 times what the problem was and a personal call of nature emergency, I told her I’d call back and hung up. Even without the call of nature, I was going to hang up. I did do it politely.

    Then I rebooted the TiVo and it worked.
     
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  4. Jeffrey D

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    This not only annoyed me- it angered me. I went into the local Wally World to browse new BluRay releases. I picked up 3 titles, then went to the check out area. This store recently remodeled by adding a bunch of “scan and go” registers. The problem, at least the way I saw it, is that’s all they had open- no “regular” check out registers were open. I commented to an assistant about how much I disliked self check out. I just let her scan my items. Ridiculous.
     
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    What does Wal-Mart think is so bad about normal checkouts?
     
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    Self checkout saves them a whole lot of money. The less "normal" lanes with paid employees, the more money they make. On a global scale, $millions saved each day.

    You can expect self checkout technology to get much easier, and hassle free in the future, and the human interaction with cashiers will be a distant memory.
     
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    My mother seems to think so as well.
     
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    What about people like me who remember grocery store “carry out boys” who bagged your groceries, took them to your car, and weren’t allowed to accept a tip?
     
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    That was actually the case when I stayed with my sister a couple of times, in Maryland and Alabama-- the military commissaries she shopped at had just such workers.
     
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    My store did the same a while back. I think they have about 12 self checkouts, and only 4 staffed checkouts. Usually there is at least one or two staffed lanes open. I've never been there when self-check was the only option.

    I would think this would increase theft, but likely not to a level that would offset additional salary and benefits to hire more staff.
     
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    I only use self checkouts if I have two or three small items. Any more and I will wait in line for a manned checkout. If self checkout is the only option (this is the case more frequently at my local Walmart) I will leave and go elsewhere.
     
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    My wife’s doctor running well over an hour behind today is really getting under my skin.
     
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    We’ll I have to admit at the self checkout I say we have no bags, when we use a couple each time!! :oops:
     
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    I read an article that stated self checkout lanes launched in Germany just last year, and they flopped so bad they are taking them out of the stores they were installed in.

    When the customers were asked why they avoided them like the plague, they simply said there was nothing in it for them. That they were puzzled they were expected to do every bit of work from shopping, to scanning, to bagging. They thought there should have been some incentive like money off coupons for doing so. So it failed.
     
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    Self-checkout lanes are evil. You do the work for the store and they eliminate a salaried employee earning a s--t wage. But at least that worker is not on welfare. Figure it out.
     
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    I agree - there should be some incentive to use the things.

    WM claims the employees who once manned registers now do other duties but knowing how WM does things I truly doubt that's the entire truth.

    I use them *only* if I have 3 or 4 items *and* am in a bit of a hurry. Otherwise I avoid them if at all possible. I often check out in the garden center - it's rarely crowded and fast (and it helps that I've usually parked just outside those doors to be able to get out of the parking lot faster).

    FWIW - as long as WM sells tobacco products there'll always be at least one line with a person.
     
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    I actually am warming up to self-checkouts - but only if I have a small amount of items (typically less than 10).
     
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    Reading about toilet paper orientation and toilet seat positioning in another thread brought something to mind that annoys me. What is annoying is the spatially challenged slobs who use a public toilet and are too bloody lazy to lift the toilet seat when they take a leak. They piss all over the seat then leave it for the next user to clean up the mess.

    To people like that........Lift the seat. It isn't that heavy.
     
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    I agree, but I imagine the excuse is something like, "Ew! You want me to touch a toilet seat in a public restroom? No thanks."
     
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    I use my foot to kick the seat up.
     
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