So, interesting… Facebox thinks I should become friends with Tom Skilling. He once reported the weather in Milwaukee for channel 6 I believe. Been in Chicago at WGN forever and the older brother of… now released from prison, Jeff Skilling.
I don’t know when it happened and have no clue why it happened but here in 2020, the self-checkout lanes at the grocery store talk to you. Maybe they always had the ability to do so and one day, the store managers decided to turn it on. Or maybe “it” found its voice. My sister replaced her dead dog a couple of years ago and originally, they thought the dog was a mute because it never barked. Since then, the dog “found its voice” and now barks all the time for no reason.
Anyhow, self-checkout lanes won’t shut up either. They issue all kinds of commands at you when you had absolutely no problem being able to check out your own groceries before without the damn things talking. “Place the item in the bagging area. Each scanned item must be placed in the bagging area!” I keep waiting for it to tell me; “It puts the lotion in the basket. It does this whenever its told.”
Produce is a funky one. A bunch of it doesn’t have bar codes because well, they’re really not grown that way. So you have to pick the right thing from a list. Once you do, the little robot starts talking in patchwork quilt kind of way; “Weigh your… … item.” Once it accepts the weight, it further states. “Place your … BANANAS in the bagging area.” Why it didn’t know it was bananas immediately after you selected bananas from the list and referred to them as “your… item” instead is beyond me. But then, when the weight is done being measured, why does it say BANANAS at a louder volume?
So you get to the end where you get to pay. “Insert coins BEFORE bills.” Why? You’re a stupid computer! Your main job is to be able to count period.. in ANY order! I don’t even know what order I’m supposed to pay with a credit card any more. One place you need to tap pay now on the main screen first. Another place doesn’t care but makes you select debit or credit on the card reader. Some want a magnet stripe swipe. Others want you to insert the card into the chip reader. The damn robot will sit there and do absolutely nothing after entering the credit card into the machine until you hit “card” on the main screen. Then the machine gets impatient with me and says “do you wish to continue?” Well, thanks for the sarcasm but I’m sure I’d have got this all done faster if you simply would’ve said, “PUT THE LOTION IN THE BASKET!!”