"They are charging you to work at their store." NO, you are choosing to shop at their store and choosing to steal their property. Stealing is wrong, it is a moral issue, and in the immortal signoff of my favorite new IPVM contributor, case closed!
It’s only illegal if I get caught, right?
I believe in Karma, and more than once I have looked over a receipt when I got home and realized I was undercharged after leaving a store. I called, spoke to the manager, offered to come back and pay the difference. My honesty is much appreciated by him, and I feel better knowing that their shrinkage numbers will be a little lower. Could I have ignored this and been fine? Of course, but I have a moral need to do what's right.
Thing is, I'm not aware of a single store that "forces" you to use to use self checkout. They are usually there for convenience in case the workers get overwhelmed. I actually prefer them, but that's another story. So unless this person is going to a store with no human cashiers his/her argument is both logically and morally wrong.
Not to mention the fact that forced commerce only exist with various insurance products and formerly healthcare and neither are known for self checkouts.
IPVMU Certified | 02/09/18 08:47pm
I read the article from the link. I had no idea..... I personally love the quick and fast self checkout. never dawned on me to "banana trick" or "pass around". wow. even more shocking was the fact that they stated 20% of people admitted it and that they were "normally" moral...... YIKES! That's not "normally moral"...
It's beyond me why anyone would sell their integrity for a $ buck and change. But then, I don't understand people who open their car window and toss trash out. Ignorance maybe?
That person has no morals, that is the issue. And more than likely that store is saving the shopper money by having a smaller number of human cashiers. I don't know of any stores that are totally self checkout anyway.
"And more than likely that store is saving the shopper money by having a smaller number of human cashiers."
pretty sure that the store is trying to save themselves money by having a smaller number of human cashiers.
reducing their own operating costs (less salary/benefits costs, etc) increases their own margins, not the customers spending power.
you could make a case that the store saves itself money and is then able to pass those savings on to the customer.... but it would be a weak case at best.
Build a system where everyone must use their phone to collect (scan) the data on products they wish to procure. RFID + Barcode no stickers. When you enter the check out area your phone alerts you and asks if you are done buying. Once confirmed the data is uploaded to the store and you are billed online after accepting the total. The checkout is merely a bagging area were all the RFID + Barcode is summarized and checksum to the uploaded data (your account). Any mismatches must be reviewed. Fail to scan and you pay a fee (Darwinian charge). As far as old people, accept change.
I remember a time that you didn't have to pump your on gas.
Just read another article with a similar theme:
I’m Never Going To Stop Stealing From The Self-Checkout
An odd take which concludes:
A concerned friend once asked me if all of this thievery was worth it. I paused for a minute and thought about the exploitive practices of mass food production, capitalism, slavery, and those 10 god-awful seasons of ‘Friends’
“Absolutely!”, I replied.