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    Senior Member Loki's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    Yes to all (though the last would have to be kosher, for me). As with another thread, this is working into a sort of Star Trek thing. Though ST had "replicators" involving reconstituted matter, the economic principle is roughly the same - automatic preparation of food with fewer people working in food service. Of course, tech people would be required to keep the equipment going, and so some people would still be in the industry, just not as food preparers.
    As you're aware, I'm an Electrician which good or bad I have worked in many different work environments.
    For this purpose, I'll tell you about Snyders Supermarket in Silver Spring, Md.
    This is a kosher market and has goods stacked floor to ceiling. The people who worked there were very nice and efficient.
    The building however, was old and not maintained well. Behind the scenes, the ones customers do not see, it was not too clean.
    It was pretty gross. Nothing a good steam clean couldn't do, but then, all the boxes would ruin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    Self checkout is a hassle if you have very many items, because there is insufficient space to accumulate bagged items as you empty your cart to ring up your purchases. They cram the things too closely together. Therefore, you're actually more likely to make physical contact with other people in the self checkout than if you go through a standard checkout register.
    Sure, but to me it is more about convenience of the moment rather than human contact (about which, in this situation, I care not one way or the other). Yes, if I have a whole lot of things* then using the checkout person is easier than the self-checkout. On the other hand, some of these people could not properly pack a grocery back to save their lives, and so I have to present the items in a certain order depending on who is working there that day.

    * Which is actually rare ... I only shop for myself, so I just do short trips rather than try to pack a week's worth or whatever into a single trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    Sure, but to me it is more about convenience of the moment rather than human contact (about which, in this situation, I care not one way or the other). Yes, if I have a whole lot of things* then using the checkout person is easier than the self-checkout. On the other hand, some of these people could not properly pack a grocery back to save their lives, and so I have to present the items in a certain order depending on who is working there that day.

    * Which is actually rare ... I only shop for myself, so I just do short trips rather than try to pack a week's worth or whatever into a single trip.

    Heh!

    I do that too. Cashiers these days don't know how to bag groceries. I'm not skittish about human contact either, I merely observed that going through a self checkout kiosk is not an effective method for avoiding it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    Heh!

    I do that too. Cashiers these days don't know how to bag groceries. I'm not skittish about human contact either, I merely observed that going through a self checkout kiosk is not an effective method for avoiding it.
    From your previous post, I thought you were concerned about getting cooties.

    And grocery stores are probably a very good place to acquire such things. I seem to recall reading a story about the very unpleasant number of bacteria that are to be found on the parts of shopping carts handled by human hands-----since they are touched by so many DIFFERENT human hands, germs find them an exceedingly good place to 'hitch-hike'...…..
    Thanks from Ian Jeffrey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    There's Flippy who can make burgers and now there's this invention that can make a variety of dishes. Customers order from a kiosk, and the robot cooks the meals. Is this our future? Will there be far fewer people working in the food service industry? Would you try a restaurant like this one? ...
    No objection to food made by a robot, but restaurants of the future will still employ cooks as they do today. Why? Because I'm betting that when "Flippy" breaks down, the restaurant will suffer serious productivity until they a) get a repairman to the restaurant, and b) repair the machine, and c) clean the machine for food preparation, and d) test the machine before relying on it. These days, you can train a fast food worker to be adequately good within a few hours at the most. And if a worker falls ill, you just tell one of the cashiers to start making burgers while the manager tries to find someone to take over the shift.

    A burger flipping robot cannot be asked to operate the cash register, clean tables, slice onions, or refill the toilet paper dispenser. A single human can do any of these things - even all of these things - in a single shift. Humans are still unparalleled when it comes to versatility.

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