People are boycotting self-checkout lanes because they ‘kill jobs’

People are boycotting self-checkout lanes because they ‘kill jobs’

The other day, Dan sent me a story about people who are boycotting self-checkout registers at their local retail and grocery stores because they think the registers are stealing actual humans’ jobs.

“They’re trying to basically herd everyone in, get everyone used to the self-checkouts to continuously cut down on staff,” said Dan Morris, one of the people the public broadcaster interviewed. “Machines don’t pay taxes, they don’t pay into the pension plan.”

Undoubtedly, there is some truth to what Mr. Morris said about business owners wanting to cut staff size. Overhead is undeniably a huge part of any business’s impediments to profitability. But the idea of a completely automated, human-free shopping experience — when you leave your house anyway — doesn’t really fit with the nature of how tech works anyway. But that’s not any different now than it was before self-checkout started becoming a thing.

via Ascienceenthusiast People are boycotting self-checkout lanes because they ‘kill jobs’

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