EDITORIAL/Self-Checkout: Love it or loathe it?

Self-checkout at grocery and other retail stores was supposed to save money and increase efficiency.

At least that was the plan.

Some shoppers love self-checkout. Just as many loathe it,

And now major retailers from Walmart to Target to Costco are rethinking the idea.

The big stores say many consumers have problems with the machines, especially properly scanning items like fruits and vegetables. They have also noticed an increase in losses from errors and theft.

One UK chain, Booths, got rid of most self-checkout stations. And here in the U.S., Target is testing a 10-item limit for self-checkout.

We want to know what you think? Do you like or dislike self-checkout? If a store offers both, which would you choose?

Send your response (50 words maximum) to [email protected] by Wednesday, November 29. You can also mail your response to the Texarkana Gazette Friday Poll, at P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504 or drop it off at our office, 101 E. Broad St, Texarkana, Ark. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. We will print as many responses as we can in next Friday's paper.

Last Week: Black Friday?

Last week's question was about the busiest shopping day of the year. Do you brave the crowds to get a bargain? Or do you stay far away from stores on Black Friday?

No way, no how will I be amongst the crazies on Black Friday. However, most stores have been doing Black Friday for a few weeks now. I will be enjoying leftovers and watching football. -- R.K., Texarkana, Texas

From facebook.com/texarkanagazette

- Never have, never will.

- Idk why people even do this anymore when the same thing can be done online & safely from the comforts of home?

- No interest in going out!

- Stay far away. I never have gone out.

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