I’ve started this post a dozen times and it makes me feel like I’m being grumpy and I delete it but I hope you’ll see that I’m not really being grumpy if you read the entire post.
It frustrates me to hear people say they’re not a paid Walmart employee and they’re not using self-check. There are two reasons I do understand this kind of thinking.
First, those of us who are older will remember a time when we drove up to a gas station and someone came out, pumped the gas, checked the tires, checked the fluid under the hood, had a nice conversation with us and we paid (or it went on daddy’s bill <G>) and we drove off. Now, rain or shine, snow, ice, frigid wind blowing . . either us or our husbands are out pumping our own gas, looking at the tire closest to gas going into the car and hoping the tires are right. That’s our “new” (though not very new) normal. Life has changed since the date of Pete at the gas station chit chatting while filling my Mustang with gas, then putting it on dad’s tab, while I was off to A&W Root Beer to meet my friends.
Everything changes. Obviously Walmart doesn’t care what we think . . they never asked me what I thought about self checkers. In fact, the Neighborhood Market closest to me has been remodeled and now has zero live checkers and I’ve heard that as they remodel the stores, that will happen in all Walmarts but I’m not sure about that.
Second, I can usually do the self check, bag the groceries the way I want them bagged, and be out of there in way less time than I can wait for a checker, explain to her that artichoke starts with an “A” and not an “R” (which actually did happen), not chit chat with a human if I’m not in the mood to chit chat with a human. Most of the time, when I’m buying probably most anything . . it’s about getting the best price for the best quality for the least amount of time. Yes, Walmart sells junk made in China but most everyone else does too — Target, Hobby Lobby . . most anywhere I shop. If I’m buying a gallon of milk that’ s $4.50 at the grocery store (and there’s only one near me that isn’t a Walmart) and it’s the same brand of milk for $3.98 at Walmart, and Walmart is closer, I’m getting it at Walmart.
Shop wherever you want . . but for me, if I’m saving money by shopping at Walmart and saving time by self checking, I’m happy . . or as happy as I can be since I’m out shopping and not at home doing something fun.
I can’t even remember the last time I didn’t self check. I have the Scan & Go app on my phone for both Walmart and Sam’s Club and that’s what I use. Scan it as I put it in the cart. If I change my mind, scan it again to remove it as I’m taking it out of the cart. Pay with my card on my phone at Sam’s; go through the self check at Walmart and show the QR code on my phone to the register. Done!
Yesterday we were at Sam’s and I didn’t really need anything (shopping when I don’t need anything is what got us into this mess of having too much stuff!). Sam’s flyer that came in Vince’s email had a bunch of stuff . . buy $60 of it and get $15 back. There were some things I needed so I spent the $60 plus a few – Tissues with lotion in them (with allergies, my nose is so sore but if I’m in the kitchen, I have been known to use a paper towel!), dental floss (I love Glide and it’s sometimes harder to find and was on the list), Swiffer duster refills (I use those things like crazy), paper towels and Bounce sheets. I had placed that order online Thursday afternoon to pickup curbside Friday morning. Then Vince saw some kind of promotion if we renewed our cards so he wanted to go in and renew our cards. While he was doing the renewal, I walked around to see if there were things I should pick up. I ended up getting a box of those vinyl/plastic sheet protectors for my cross stitch charts, a box of 500 envelopes. I buy one of those about every 10 or 12 years. I’ll give some of them to Chad and Nicole, but we were almost out in Texas so I think I have maybe 5 envelopes here. This will probably be the last time I ever have to buy envelopes since we mail so few things. I also bought a bag of caramel popcorn – snacks for when Addie is here, and a bag of flour tortillas. When I got to the front of the store, every checkout line was open and every line had at least ten people in it. I said “no way”, pulled over out of the way, got out my phone, did the Scan & Go. There was even a line to get out the door where he person checks your receipt but since I came from the other side of the store, where there are no checkouts, the guy walked over, I showed him the QR code on my phone that showed I had paid and I was out of the store before one person in line was done checking out.
So . . check yourself out or stand in line for 20 minutes . . which makes more sense to you?