when the self-checkout machine pushes you over the edge.

10 Sep 2007 - 2:31pm
7 years ago
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ldebett
2004

Man takes pry bar to self-check till
Machine whacked after speaking to him in Spanish

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/330043_prybar03.html

...and who hasn't wanted to do this themselves?

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13 Sep 2007 - 9:09pm
Will Parker
2007

On Sep 10, 2007, at 1:31 PM, Lisa deBettencourt wrote:

> Man takes pry bar to self-check till
> Machine whacked after speaking to him in Spanish
>
> http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/330043_prybar03.html
>
> ...and who hasn't wanted to do this themselves?

People who have basic proficiency in Spanish?

-Will

Will Parker
wparker at channelingdesign.com

14 Sep 2007 - 12:20am
Katie Albers
2005

As I'm sure you're aware, the issue isn't the language, per se, the
issue is the inaccessibility of a way to figure out how to make the
incomprehensible speech *stop already*.

There are so many things about those machines that are unsuspected
until they kick you in the metaphoric teeth. I remember the first
time I knocked the bag over and something fell out...the machine
angrily informed me that i had removed something from the bag! and
when I put it back in , I was churlishly informed that I hadn't
scanned the item I'd put in the bag...take it out of there! It took 2
"help" clerks 15 minutes to back out the problem, since the system
also wouldn't let them just shut it down and start over.

If you're that concerned about buyer theft, maybe you should bite the
bullet and hire enough clerks!

Katie

At 8:09 PM -0700 9/13/07, Will Parker wrote:
>On Sep 10, 2007, at 1:31 PM, Lisa deBettencourt wrote:
>
>> Man takes pry bar to self-check till
>> Machine whacked after speaking to him in Spanish
>>
>> http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/330043_prybar03.html
>>
>> ...and who hasn't wanted to do this themselves?
>
>People who have basic proficiency in Spanish?
>
>-Will
>
>Will Parker
>wparker at channelingdesign.com
>
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14 Sep 2007 - 8:43am
jayeffvee
2007

Even when you don't have an issue with the language they're 'speaking'
-- or other screw ups -- they're still annoying as all get out.

"PLEASE put -your -it-em-in-the-BAG-ging-A-re-A" after every stinkin'
scan.

And they're never as fast as I am.

Oy.
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Katie wrote:

There are so many things about those machines that are unsuspected
until they kick you in the metaphoric teeth. I remember the first
time I knocked the bag over and something fell out...the machine
angrily informed me that i had removed something from the bag! and
when I put it back in , I was churlishly informed that I hadn't
scanned the item I'd put in the bag...take it out of there! It took 2
"help" clerks 15 minutes to back out the problem, since the system
also wouldn't let them just shut it down and start over.

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