By Sahid Fawaz

If there is one thing that everyone can agree on it's that self-checkout machines are evil.

No one asked for these machines. Instead, greedy corporate executives who want yet another yacht decided to force them on to us.

Here are three reasons why these machines are bad for the customers, workers, and the country as a whole.

1. They kill jobs, resulting in a race to the bottom

Working class Americans have faced a tough struggle the last few decades as jobs have become more scarce. Using self-checkout machines reduces the number of jobs, which increases the supply of workers who are desperate for any job. This puts downward pressure on the wages of existing jobs as the available unemployed labor pool increases.

2. Self-checkout machines don't pay taxes

Each job killed is a reduction in taxes paid by a potential employee. It's also a reduction in taxes paid by the employer. This decrease in taxes paid means less revenue for government and, consequently, less services that it can provide to those in need.

3. Customers hate these machines

Want to anger your customers? Put in a self-checkout machine. It's a guaranteed way to increase checkout times and frustration as customers wait for an employee to help them with the constant computer errors and misunderstandings. 

Sign our petition vowing not to use self-checkout machines during Ethical Consumer Week (ECW), April 10-14.

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+1 #45 Charles Semler 2018-01-24 12:11
I will never use self checkout machines. I do not work for the company that uses them. Products are not any cheaper. If they want my business , they better provide checkout people. Where I shop the checkout people also bag the groceries.
When I was a young person the checkers used old cash registers with the many keys. The stores had bagger's , and even people to help take groceries to car.
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+4 #44 Tony 2018-01-13 09:32
After walmart installed the self-checkout the checkout experience went to the pits- long checkouts, no savings added, security people stand and watch you work, no help with loading, registers inadequate for large orders, and the worst point...too much liability on the self-checking customer, you jack up and they can jail your a$$. So our family started shopping at a traditional grocery store a few miles up the road and it is great. Feels good- people check us out and they know us by name, stockers are around to help you, shelves are stocked, in-house cooking is great, food is fresher, the employees bag and help you with the groceries. The kids working there have fun in their jobs. Only slightly higher in cost at the 'real' grocery but well worth the quicker and more friendly experience...feels like you are helping your community and neighbors live. So, I say thanks walmart ya souless scum...you helped us rediscover and interact with our community.
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+6 #43 Eric21 2017-12-21 06:32
To the people who say being a cashier isn't an adult job.
1. You have to be 18 to 21(to sale alcohol) in most places to even be a cashier. So yea it's an adult job duh.
2. Not every one can be a doctor, lawyer, nurse, or teacher.
3. You take what job you can get. Some cashiers make10-11dollars an hour the same or more than many jobs. You consider real jobs like a receptionist, teachers aide or paramedic.
4. College students need jobs so that successful buisness man, doctor , nurse etc had a job to support themselves prior to the degree..
5. You are a smug a-hole who will be faced with higher taxes as the poor subsidized populations continue growing as job dwindle. Also you will be faces with the eye sore of more homeless people that I'm sure you detest because you are probably that kind of a-hole.
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0 #42 JZ 2017-11-28 11:31
What about the people that design, build, and maintain the machines? I.e. skilled labor.
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-2 #41 B Childs 2017-10-04 05:39
Where I live there is a major retailer that has about 8 self checkout stations in the store. I have seen people of all ages struggling to understand all of the on screen choices, accidentally scan the same item more than once, and have difficulties separating new plastic bags from the pack. And, as mentioned before, the pressure sensors in the 'place scanned items here' often don't work properly, making people waste time re-bagging their items multiple times. There are usually 2-3 employees standing by to help with these and other issues, so those folks still have jobs. I'm not opposing the use of self checkout, only that it often slows down the process instead of speeding up checkout. Perhaps over time the stations will be re-designed to address the more common issues.
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-4 #40 B Childs 2017-10-04 05:39
Where I live there is a major retailer that has about 8 self checkout stations in the store. I have seen people of all ages struggling to understand all of the on screen choices, accidentally scan the same item more than once, and have difficulties separating new plastic bags from the pack. And, as mentioned before, the pressure sensors in the 'place scanned items here' often don't work properly, making people waste time re-bagging their items multiple times. There are usually 2-3 employees standing by to help with these and other issues, so those folks still have jobs. I'm not opposing the use of self checkout, only that it often slows down the process instead of speeding up checkout. Perhaps over time the stations will be re-designed to address the more common issues.
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-19 #39 TSKseattle 2017-09-30 13:39
This here customer loves them, shorter times to check out, no annoying chit chat with a person who's bored after ringing up groceries all day.
Take away jobs? How about you pick a better career than moving your right hand back and forth for eight hours.
The whole thing could be even more simplified by putting rfid chips in the products and just letting you load the belt and go pay.
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+3 #38 betsy smith 2017-09-30 13:36
Part of the pleasure in shopping is greeting someone, the acknowledgement of one's choices, and the interchange with a friendly approval of the purchase. All of this is absent with a self-check out
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0 #37 Richard 2017-08-07 14:03
Quoting chris:
I can't wait until the day when a computer replaces ppl that write shitty articles.
Believe it or not, they already have bots to write fake news.
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-20 #36 chris 2017-08-06 06:19
You better not be an adult and relying on a cashiers job, if you are, YOU SCREWED UP! Jobs have been getting mechanized for decades, where have you been? I don't know about you but when I want to buy 1 item, I don't want to be stuck on a line with ppl with many items. I can't wait until the day when a computer replaces ppl that write shitty articles.
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