Letter to the Editor: ‘You Scan’ not useful
September 4, 2010
To the editor:
I was shopping Thursday night at City Market and the time came to check out. I did my usual and went for a checker over a machine, or "you scan" as these evil machines are called.
It dawned on me I should write a letter on my views.
Why should I save a little time by going through a machine that is designed to put people out of work, especially in this day?
One person can operate four check stands. Impressive? Down right disgusting in my book. Is that extra five to 10 minutes once a week really so important to people that they can't have an actual person help them?
By letting someone check you out, they stay busy, thus more checkers are needed to meet demand, creating more jobs for people.
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How would you feel if you lost your job to a machine? Not only will there need to be a checker, but in a lot of cases, there needs to be a bagger as well.
Here's another good example: Do you go to Walmart for oil, air, fuel filters, spark plugs, and batteries? Why not go to a parts store like Napa, Checker, Victory Motors, Cook Chevrolet, or Craig Ford, and get the basic parts you need? At worst, it may take a little extra time and cost a little more, but that little extra money and time spent can mean a job for someone who is trying to feed their families, and pay for their homes.
I urge everyone to consider this and give it a try. I work more than 50 hours a week and don't mind taking the extra time to get checked out, and I buy most of my parts, including oil and filters, from a parts store instead of looking it up myself at Walmart.
It isn't an inconvenience at all. Even paying inside with your credit card for gas.
How hard is it to give that extra push for people to help make jobs?
If 50 people spent that extra five to 10 minutes once a week at the store in a check stand, once every two or three months in a parts store, or once every week or two in the gas station, imagine how much it will appear that they need people working there and not a do-it-yourself catalog or machine.
Remember, people have hearts, souls, lives, and families. Machines don't. So once again, I ask, how would you feel if you lost your job to a machine?
I urge everyone to take that time and spend an extra dollar, or maybe two, to make sure that your friends and neighbors are around to do the same for you.
We don't need a government bail out. We are the bail out. Come on Craig, let's jump in and help each other and spread the word and encourage others to do the same.