a bit of a frivolous post for a sunday evening, or maybe not. i object to the self-service checkout thingies in supermarkets. our local new world has it, pak'n'save mill st are soon to bring them in, if they haven't already. and i seriously hate them.
aside from the fact that it's a loss of jobs, it's more the principle of the thing. the people who use self-service checkouts are saving the supermarket the wage cost of a checkout operator. so do they get a discount on their groceries if they use the self-serve? or do all shoppers have a slightly lower grocery bill because the supermarket is saving on labour costs?
oh no. not only does the customer have to do the extra work of scanning & packing their own groceries, but the supermarket gets to pocket the economic benefit of that work. morons.