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Dodging a Bullet at the Grocery Store

Popped out to do the grocery shopping this morning.  If I must grocery shop, it's better in the morning when the store is less crowded, and today it was almost empty.  Yay!

Oddly, though, I passed a cluster of store workers crowded around the register area with worried looks on their faces.  Huh.  Ah well.

Finished my end of things.  When I got up to the checkout lanes and found only two lanes open, with a long line at both.  What the hell?

Growling under my breath, I got in line and got out my phone to read the daily news while I waited.  At last it was getting on my turn when a lane next to me opened and the cashier beckoned me over.  Yeah, okay.

She ran my purchases through, and I overheard her talking to another worker--only three registers in the entire store were working at all.  I asked what was going on, and she said that the computer system had gone kablooey last night and they had only managed to recover three checkout stations so far.  Uh oh!  Friday is their busiest day.  In the late afternoon, when I usually shop, they have seven or eight stations open, and it's packed.

Okay, then.  Dodged that bullet.  I hope they get the rest up and running.



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Apr. 8th, 2016 05:28 pm (UTC)
Back in the 80s, I worked for Toys R Us. The registers were state-of-the-art computerized ones - you had to punch in the SKN and it would find the price in the database. One afternoon, there was a blackout. Our store was lucky enough to have large windows near the registers, so the manager kept the store open while it was light. Every customer was escorted through the store by an associate with a flashlight. We cashiers were issued calculators and teamed with an assistant manager with an inventory book. The manager would look up the item in the book, and we cashiers would tote it all up on the calculator. Cash went into a lockbox. Back then, credit cards were still processed using a "card imprinter" - you'd put the card in a device, lay a multilayerd carbon paper receipt on top of the card, and run a weight over it to make an impression on the receipt. Foot traffic was down, but we kept the store open and running.
Apr. 12th, 2016 12:20 am (UTC)
You can't do that now!
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