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Feedback: Checkers don't pass judgment

I cannot speak for all shoppers and their thought processes when shopping or being checked out by a human checker. All I can say is it’s a big part of my family. You see my wife is a checker and has been for 25 years. I work in the same store as a bakery manager.

We have worked retail in one form or another and really enjoy the human contact and the one on one with our community shoppers. There is always going to be some new high tech approach to one thing or another and taking jobs away from people is the thought of corporations all over the world. Having another choice in your shopping experience is fine too, but making snap judgments about what checkers might think about what you buy and the type of person you are is shallow.

I know for a fact that my wife sees thousands of people a week, and I cannot speak for all checkers, but I know she cares with all her heart about each and every customer,and her personal touch into the heart of someone that needs it, isn’t going to come from any automatic checkstand. Think about this Mr. Jim Larsen, when you’re shopping next, someone might be looking in your basket while your shopping and making a judgment about you. What’s next...shopping in disguise?

Please don’t be afraid of human contact. Having connections with people is what makes us grow, and who knows your day might be enriched from the experience.

John C. Stump

Oak Harbor

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