Post by Al Eisner Post by Steve Pope Post by Ciccio
The time may come when Americans will accept self-checkout the way
they accepted self-serve gasoline. But that time sure isn't now.
I'm not sure Americans have even fully accepted self-serve gasoline.
My impression is that it is very close to 100% accepted. Why do you
I've been driving since 1968 and have never, not even once, had gas
pumped for me.
I surmise that what Steve Pope must mean is that some people wish it
were otherwise. I do too. It would give the layabouts and dirt people
something they could do for $2.25 an hour.
But in our reality, it ain't gonna happen. Which means to mean that
America (and probably the rest of the world) has accepted self-serve
gasoline the same way they accept gravity.
As for self-checkout at supermarkets, I don't use it. I've discussed
the reasons. (Notably, I would rather spend my time as the checker is
checking-out the items double-checking the prices charged, entering my
credit card button stuff, and generally observing. I also buy small
lots of vegetables--baggies of kale, spinach, fruits, whatever, none
with barcodes) and have zero idea of the codes....I'm not going to
weigh them, write down the weight and the code number, etc. This is
part of what checkers are paid to learn to do. And so unless a
self-checkout system offers a massive price cut, I won't use it.)
This is a far cry from what was going on when "gas station attendants"
vanished, at least in my driving experience in several states, long
before when I started to drive. For starters, the gas filling process
was/is a no brainer. Punch a few buttons and go.
In any case, it's essentially universal (in the U.S.....don't know
about the Turd World...perhaps they have laws mandating that some dirts
be hired to pump the gas).
Post by Al Eisner Post by Steve Pope
Seems to me, in Europe the gas station will not have a human attendant
at all, whereas in the USA there is (almost) always an attendant,
even if they do very little.
In most local places, the attendant doubles as convenience store
clerk and cashier (gas stations do all still accept cash, so far as I
know). It would be really annoying if one couldn't buy oil, ask
someone to replenish towels (for example), or deal with malfunctions.
I find it hard to understand your referring to the clerks inside the
store (usually some kind of office/store is associated with gas
stations) as "attendants."
In the past 45 years of my driving no clerk inside the office has ever
helped me with fueling, or has checked my oil, etc. Perhaps it's
because I haven't asked.
Perhaps if I asked nicely they'd shut down their cash registers, ignore
customers in line, lock up the office so stuff wouldn't be pilfered,
and come out to pump my gas.