In this age of seemingly constant surveillance, we’re even being recorded at the self-service checkout
I WALKED INTO WALMART the other day.
As I passed the greeter at the door, I saw a staff member directing traffic in the checkout zone, asking shoppers if they wanted a cashier, express lane or self-service.
I chatted briefly with the nice traffic person. The self-checkout was installed about four weeks ago, she said, and it’s been going well. A little confusion, maybe, but shorter lineups.
Indeed, there were almost no lineups at all on this morning. Most were going through the traditional cashier checkouts but a few were using the self-serve scanners. There might be something wrong with me, because I don’t mind self-serve.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.