Re the unidientified object in bagging area- what do they expect us to do with handbags, brollies, shopping from other shops - sit in the aisle for someone to trip over? And the voice is so infuriating - like it's telling off a 6 year old.
It's when every second item offends it and insists you wait to be checked by staff, meanwhile a red light flashes over your head and everyone wonders what you have bought that is holding up the queue - and it's usually because it's 'too light' eg hankies or some other similarly ridiclous reason. Or when it practically yells at you because you haven't bagged an item - I want to yell back - your screen just told me I bought a newspaper, you know that's all I bought - why would I want a bag! Especially when the manned checkouts are tring to discourage you taking bags.
OOh, didn't realise I felt so strongly!
I not only regularly tell these things to eff off but have running conversations with them as well. Some customers have been known to find me amusing, but I find nothing amusing about it. If I've done a big shop and feel I haven't the strength to stand up to these machines then I just wait in the queue for the normal checkouts.
Don't even get me started on their reluctance to give you bags!!! Grrrr
I was in one of the supermarkets ( can't mind which one) bought a fair bit of shopping- - maybe about £80 worth, 2 bags she handed me! 2 BLOODY BAGS!!!! Now I'm all for saving the environment but what was I supposed to do to get the rest of my shopping home??? Balance it on my head. They are paper thin also, if you put 2 loo rolls & a newspaper in it it rips!!
I usually go to Tesco where you can have any number of bags you want for free. M&S on the other hand charge 5p per bag. I do have my own shopping bag but invariably need more. I give all the Tesco and M&S ones to a friend who uses them to put his used cat litter in.
We are really 'green' here. Recycling, green-bag food waste bags, reuseable cotton grocery bags, etc.
It took a little bit of time to get used to, but now I am like a Green Warrior when I see anyone using plastic bags and throwing their food and garbage in regular garbage bins.
Yes, Linda - Edinburgh has recycling bins too, and I used to use them religiously, but ever since I discovered that all that's happening to this recyclable material is that it's simply piling up and piling up in a large local landfill area with nothing being done with it, I don't bother.