My only option for quickly getting the 5 items in my basket checked out at the grocery store yesterday was to suffer the new self-checkout machines. Have they arrived at a store near you yet? I avoid these painful, slow-motion devices, if I possibly can. Most of my purchases are fresh produce, which involves multiple laborious clicks and searches to locate the right bar-code. The annoying monotone electronic checker voice is like nails on a chalkboard – telling me to place my item in the bag, scan the next item, blah, blah, blah … I am ridiculously incompetent at this task. This appears to be a business cost-saving that pushes the burden onto the consumer. Thanks very much. I’m not a fan. I want more speedy-fingered-bar-code-memorizing human checkers, not these machines.
The dilemma: Do I stand in the only real checkout line behind the two overflowing, over-sized carts, or do I endure the open self-checkout?
At that moment it hit me that I might have lost my cool early adopter attitude. I might be a ‘wannabe’ early adopter — or worse yet a ‘used-to-be’ early adopter. Is my aversion of this machine a freakish one-off failure to adopt, or am I at the beginning of a declining trend? Am I starting to stand still, as technology passes me by? What will I resist or avoid next?
I have new sympathy for my Aunt Dorothy’s aversion and resistance to the introduction of the self-service gas station many decades ago. Her ever-shrinking full service fill-up options could be my fate in grocery stores.
Wait! This is not happening yet! I’m planning to keep my head above water for decades to come, so better get with the program. Get thee over to that machine and make it sing!