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I walked into a local Home Depot today and found the registers are all 100% helpee selfee. Not a cashier with an old fashioned register to be found.
I asked if they were going to pay me and give me benes. The humor was lost somewhere in the plumbing section. There goes a few more of those $15.00 an hr. jobs
 

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See those in Lubbock, but checkers and registers are still there too. Maybe the beginning of phasing out.
 

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This store used to have about eight self serve kiosks and as many registers with about two of them open. Today, you didn't have a choice. They had cash kiosks. credit card kiosks and commercial account kiosks

I'd like to know how they identify screws and quantities.
 

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Ours still has people at registers -- Lowes does too.
That's where we prefer to go.
As OP alluded to, those $15/hr job seekers are going to have butt blisters sitting on unemployment office benches. I'm not thrilled about anyone losing a job except when ordering at fast food restaurants anymore. Then I'm screaming in my head, "where are those darn robots they keep telling us about".
 

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Our local Smith's (Kroger) grocery store recently removed some of their cashier-operated checkouts and installed more of the self-checkout kiosks. When I went to pay for a few groceries an hour ago, there were eight people in one line for the one cashier, and several self-checkout places they didn't want to mess with. I wonder how long it's going to take their corporate office to realize people want to interact with their favorite store employees, and not mess with bar code scanners and bagging their own groceries?
 

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Our local HD here in Plano went all cashier-less a few months ago. We also have a Lowes but I typically have been a HD guy (I owned some of their stock for a while). I may have to start going to Lowes.
 

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Meh. I prefer self-checkout, especially when buying groceries. I can't remember the last time a checker actually gave a rip about how my stuff got handled.
 

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A little while back Walmart made the big press announcement that they were increasing the hourly rate for full time employees to almost $15/hr. The left loved it. A couple of weeks later I was in Walmart and teasing the cashier, whom I knew, about what exotic place she was going to on vacation with all that extra cash. She gave me "the look". She said that yes they did get an increase and the next week they cut everybody's hours. She was actually working 8 hours less a week and making less money than she was before. She told me to look around and see how many cash registers were open. That's how it works!
 

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A little while back Walmart made the big press announcement that they were increasing the hourly rate for full time employees to almost $15/hr. The left loved it. A couple of weeks later I was in Walmart and teasing the cashier, whom I knew, about what exotic place she was going to on vacation with all that extra cash. She gave me "the look". She said that yes they did get an increase and the next week they cut everybody's hours. She was actually working 8 hours less a week and making less money than she was before. She told me to look around and see how many cash registers were open. That's how it works!
I guess the Democrats were surprized by this "Unintended Consequence". The Republicans were not.
Bernie Sanders did the same thing to his campaign staff. Not very "Socialist" there Bernie.
 

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With the current day math skills of freshly minted HS graduates, self checkout can be a benefit. My biggest gripe is when I end up having to have an assistant unlock a locked up lane - and it happens ALOT!
 

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I have put cash in these and not gotten my change. Took 15 minutes for them to figure out its not going to unlock/reboot and get my change from a key holder/manager. Ace hardware is looking good.
 

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At the HD here, they used to intercept you most of the time if you were headed toward the self-checkouts and practically drag you over to a register. Lately, there are a half-dozen or so cashiers always just standin' around yakkin' and if you try to approach a checkout, they promptly (and usually in unison) direct you to the selfies.
 

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To me, self checkout is a danged if you do / danged if you don't scenario. When I have to count out change for the cashier, and explain to them why I handed them $52 and change for a $47 dollar and change total so you can get a $5 bill back for change, they FINALLY figure it out. And that explains why I usually go to an older human cashier than a kid; they usually know how to do math in their head like I can without a pencil and paper or a calculator.

As for self checkout, if you use cash, like I do most of the time, the machine invariably fouls up. Somehow, the machine only understands paying by cards, and cash is a "foreign item" to it most of the time.

Like I said, danged if you do, danged if you don't.
 
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As a shopper, I refuse to stock a store's shelves or check myself out. Any store that requires me to do either, will find me at their competitors. I've told this to HD cashiers that tried to help me use their self check out lane, once I handed them my shopping cart and exited empty handed.
 

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That's a problem then because to get the veteran discount at Home Depot, you have to interact with an employee. At Lowe's it gets added to your profile so that you can even use it with an online order.

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Local HD has four self checks. I think they are whats coming in all retail. Local Food Lion grocery store
is still all cashier. I avoid the place. They're slower than self check at the Lowe's Foods a half mile down
the road.

Some Mickey D's have kiosks now. Order and pay. Then they have someone to hand you your food.

That $15/hr. minimum wage isn't going to happen especially with modern technology.

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Our local HD here in Plano went all cashier-less a few months ago. We also have a Lowes but I typically have been a HD guy (I owned some of their stock for a while). I may have to start going to Lowes.
They usually have someone at the pro line.
 
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