I went shopping this morning – just for a few simple things. At the supermarket, each (manned) check-out had a long queue and the ‘8 items or less’ (which actually should read ‘8 items or FEWER’) had one sole old woman waiting to be served, as a mo-hawked employee (male or female, it was impossible to decipher) ignored her while he/she held a long discussion with someone buying cigarettes. A very long wait seemed more than probable, so I ventured over to
the dreaded ‘self-check-out’.
Of course, I stuffed up my purchasing exercise as usual and a smug young man came over to point out the error of my ways. He rifled through my meagre purchases and discovered that there was a stray pack of chewing gum that hadn’t been ‘read’ by the robot screen. I’m sure he thought I
was trying to cheat! By the time I had muttered under my breath about the F---ing things being so F---ing annoying and STUPID, the young man offered a pitying glance and left me to pay through the bloody stupid little money slot, after I had worked out how to pay in (wait for it) CASH, which is apparently no longer the preferred option.
These machines annoy me so much – as much for the fact that they totally negate the need for an EMPLOYED person to be there as for the impersonal, stupid and disrespectful way we shoppers are treated.
There. Is that enough of a rant?
I feel a little better now!