Your Walmarts must be quite different from ours. There is always a clerk or two hovereing at the self-ceckout area where there are 8 registers. At the regular long conveyor belt ones there are a couple of roving clerks and I have never had to wait more than 20 seconds or so if I needed help. They all have those handhald devices which can stop a self-check register if they detect someone trying to cheat by not scanning things, etc When I have purchased caffeine pills or glue or items which are age-limited, the light comes on over the register and a clerk shows up very quickly.
There was a few weeks after an operation where I had to buy adult diapers and thank God for self-checkout registers. There are suggestions from forums that teens who are self-concious can use self-chechout to but condoms without any interaction from store employees. So for some, the self-checkout is the place to go no matter how many items. Now it might look funny to be self-scanning hundreds of boxes of condoms…
As an aside, if you have an online Walmart account and have saved your credit card in there, you will find the tab that lists all your receipts. That can be useful if your register printed receipts fade in the heat. You can log in and reprint a receipt.
I prefer self check-out. Where I mostly shop it’s a limit of 20 items which is a lot. Sometimes I think I might be over 20 but I’m not. I can keep an eye on prices better and I assume it keeps my costs lower as the store needs less employees.
I worked at Target and there were no limits on self-checkout, which was a disaster. People with gigantic orders just held up the line; people who were stealing had to be watched carefully; people with kids think they can multitask and they can’t. I’m all for self-checkout, with limits that are enforced. Beyond that, go to a cashier.
No sure what is the problem with self checkouts. No one has ever yelled at me! And as mentioned, our Walmarts has about 12 self check outs on each side of the buiding. And if you have a problem help is near. On the no barcode veggies and fruit, there is a handy look up in the menu.
I’m OK with self checkouts-rarely any issues. A few years back Meijer (a midwest competitor of WM) introduced their “Shop & Scan” where you scan (app) as you shop and settle up quickly at the register. Since I don’t shop often enough I get flagged for a cashier to audit my order. Between the audit and waiting for a cashier to come to do it I actually lose more time!. I love innovation & I’d love to be on board but this is a swing & a miss. Last I knew Walmart offers something similar. If you need to find me, I’ll be at the self-checkouts still old-schoolin’ it.
I agree with this. We were in Wallyworld in the self checkout line a few carts behind a family that had a cart that was overflowing & when they got to the front of the line the employee told them they couldn’t use the self checkout because they had too many items. They sent them to the cashier checkout line.