We have mastered self checkouts at Safeway. (At what point will I have to start saying Woolworths?) The only problem I ever had really was knowing when a bag could be removed from where you place goods after scanning them. I use self check it if it suits me and usually which I judge to be quicker, normal or self check out.
Self check out has started to appear in Coles supermarkets. It amused me to notice that no one was using the system in the Prahran store when I was recently there.
Today I had to grab a couple of things in Malvern Coles. What a laugh. I almost did out loud. I think there were six self checkouts. Four of them being used by quite old people with two staff flitting between the four, almost operating the self check out for them.
The transactions were taking twice as long as it would at a staffed check out and from what I saw rather spoils the the intent of self check out, that is to save on labour costs.
Like at auto tellers, if there are old people in front of you, head for a staffed check out. I suppose I should say good on them for giving technology a go, but I won't.