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Cart patrol!

December 7, 2004, 9:04 PM

Today was an interesting day at work. I didn’t run a regular register all day.

Why, you may ask?

We were short-handed, and so for the first half of the day, I was a stand-in cart pusher, or as I refer to it, “cart patrol”. I did quite a job, too, running the cart machine all around the lot, picking up the carts, and dropping them in the proper cart bays for customers to use.

It’s really like a video game. The object of the game is to clear the lot of all unattended shopping carts both in the cart corrals and just floating around loose. Meanwhile, customers will drop carts in the corrals all the time. However, if you hit a parked car, a customer, or a moving car, you’re dead.

The rest of the day, I worked the Fastlanes. In other words, the particular model of self checkouts that we have. Not bad. I like running those compared to a regular register, because I feel like I’m running my own little empire.

Web site: NCR page about the Fastlane registers like we have in Waynesboro

Song: "Two Silhouettes" as sung by Dinah Shore

Quote: Another article about the Fastlane self checkouts. My official statement on the Fastlanes is as follows: I think that the concept of self checkout is a wonderful thing. But GOOD LORD, I hate those Fastlane machines. Whoever designed those machines deserves to be shot. I've seen other self checkout machines in other Wal-Marts, and those work a LOT better than ours. See one of these better models in Virginia Beach.

Categories: Walmart