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The British fight self-serve money for discrimination.  About 170,000 people signed the petition

The British fight self-serve money for discrimination. About 170,000 people signed the petition

Progress will not stop. Everyone knows this. Even a woman in London launched a campaign against self-service cash registers. It lacks the human factor and indicates that some people have other problems with the lack of money changers. He wants to keep the choice. Her petition was signed online by nearly 170,000 people.



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Female salespeople in retail chains have begun replacing self-service cash registers (illustration image) Source: Profimedia stock photos

sixty nine Pat McCarthy from Brentford, west London, is retired, but she remains active and helps the disabled as well. It is also related to this Seek it online – He writes in the introduction that in the supermarket where he usually goes, two-thirds of the cash registers are already self-service and only payment cards.

According to the petitioner, the order is not fair for the disabled – that is, who are blind, deaf, or have mobility problems. But there are also those who do not believe in technical conveniences and prefer to pay in cash. McCarthy is one of them.


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That’s why he wants more local cashiers at the local Tesco, but the cashiers, and the chain don’t prefer profit over people. However, at the same time, he admitted that the company did not release the cashier because of the machines, but only adjusted her work shifts.

The situation is already being addressed by the unions. The USDA Trade and Distribution Association has also opposed the technology to lay off employees, leading to job losses.

Part of the work is transferred to the client. Not only does he take the goods to the belt and return them to the basket or bag, but he also has to orient himself in the often complex list on the digital screen and mark the purchase himself. But thanks to this work, cheaper purchases do not wait for him.

A similar view shared by McCarthy and others, the number of petition signatures exceeded 110 thousand, both. The British newspaper, The Independent, reported. Currently approximately 170 thousand.

Tesco said in a statement that colleagues who serve customers in stores are indispensable to the company. They are always said to be on hand to help customers – either at the classic cash register or at the self-service cash register.

Beginnings in the eighties

Tesco also noted that it was the first company in Britain to offer self-service cash registers. It’s been nearly 20 years since then, and for a long time, customers can choose where to pay – whether at the traditional cash register or self-service.

However, self-service cash registers began to appear in the early 1980s. The first prototype was created by the president of an American electronics company, David Humble, because he did not like to wait in line.

After three years of trying and investing about 115 million crowns, they installed the first-ever cash registers in Atlanta in 1986 in a supermarket of the American chain Kroger, German terminal server writes Deutsche elephant.


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Since then, the number and number of self-service cash registers has increased, especially during the Covid pandemic. Some European companies, such as Carrefour, Lidl or Kaufland, are reportedly continuing to invest in this technology.

This was stated in the latest report of the British analytical company RBR. It is estimated that there will likely be 2.5 million self-service payment systems in the world within four years, a million more than now.

Five years ago, grocery store Amazon Fresh, an Amazon subsidiary, was the first to test artificial intelligence that allows customers to pick up merchandise without actually paying for it. Everything is monitored by scanners and cameras and the customer debits the payment card upon departure.

Since then, the technology has attracted other companies – according to British analysts from RBR, it is also being tested by chains such as British Sainsbury’s and German REWE.

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