Thursday, August 18, 2011


The following is an editorial.

In my capacity of Editor-In-Chief of this humble E-zine, I actually get e-mail from our readers.
I would like to share one of them with you now.

Dear Mister Houston, Junior:
Amongst all the worries this country and the world are facing, there is one growing trend that has not gotten much attention: self-check/serve cash registers.
I've seen them in grocery stores and some of the more major retail outlets. Terminals where the business expects you to not only pay for your purchase, but to ring it up as well.
The more popular these machines become, more cashiers will lose their jobs, and the unemployment rate is bad enough as it is.
Please help me to convince your readers and the rest of the world not to use them.
Thank you.
A Concerned Consumer

After thinking it over, here is our reply.

Dear A.C. Consumer:
While you raise a very valid point, we at The Free Choice E-zine think it is more an issue of just not hiring any additional cashiers instead of firing those already on staff.
Otherwise, we do totally agree with you.
Unfortunately retailers, like any other business, need to cut operating expenses as much as possible.
However, when any business appears to value technology (the self-check registers) over people (employed cashiers), that it is a very bad public image to present.
I personally prefer dealing with a real person to a machine, and will go out of my way to wait for the lone cashier on duty at the supermarket, no matter now quickly the self check register line(s) appears to be moving.
Hopefully in time the businesses with those machines will get the message.
It should be pointed out that the above does NOT apply to gas stations or any other after hours business operations, for a machine is much easier to repair and/or replace than a human being in case of (attempted) robberies.
Lee Houston, Junior
Editor-In-Chief: The Free Choice E-zine.

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