I’ve heard that there is llegislation proposed to outlaw the sale of alcohol at grocery store self-checkout counters. The belief is that it would help reduce underage drinking.
Now, I’m against underage drinking. If this would help keep alcohol out of the hands of teens I’m all for it. It will make self-checkout more difficult for everyone else, but if that’s the price we have to pay then so be it.
However, with that said, I wonder if the person who wrote this legislation has ever used self-checkout. In my experience it’s difficult to purchase anything without the help of the attendant. Either the item scans incorrectly, there isn’t a bar code or you purchase an item which requires the attendant to enter a pass code or some other information.
Yes, at the self-checkout counters I’ve used, when you purchase alcohol the attendant is required to check ID and enter information into their computer before you have approval to complete your transaction. If you fail to complete your transaction and just walk out, you are shoplifting which is another problem entirely.
There are already safeguards in place. We don’t need a law banning the sale of alcohol through self-checkout. We just need to continue holding stores and their employees accountable to the current law.
That’s my rant for today.