Today I find myself deeply disappointed with my fellow WalMartians. It seems that many of you don't know a marvelous thing when it kisses you on the lips. The result being, said marvel is taken away, never to return.
Case in point: Scan and Go shopping at my local WalMart.
I have been in love with this new WalMart feature from the beginning. What's not to love? You take your reusable shopping bags into the store, grab a hand held scanner, cruise the aisles, scan and bag your items on the go. Then, when you're done shopping, up to the checkout to pay. No more de-carting your goods only to bag and re-cart them. No more eco-hostile only marginally useful plastic shopping bags (please!). And, you have the added benefit of seeing a running total as you do your shopping. WOW!
But, apparently, some of you couldn't resist the temptation.... "Who's to know," you asked, "whether I scanned everything in my bags?" The answer is of course, generally, no one. They do random audits but for the most part, it's an honor system. Which is fine for honorable people.
Sad to say that WalMartians, at least the ones in my area, are without honor. As of this weekend, the scanners are gone. Too much shop lifting, was the reply when I asked why. Apparently inexpensive isn't good enough; you have to have it free. Furthermore, I've heard rumors that people actually tried to return goods for which they didn't pay!
In addition, the self check is being more heavily monitored for the same reason. "Smile! You're on camera."
Those of you who have stolen because no one prevented it, shame on you. Those of you who steal as a way of life, you are deeply flawed individuals and need psychological counseling. All of you should be aware that the result of significant shop lifting is almost always price increases. So, not only will WalMart make it a bit more difficult for you to rob them but they will make sure we all pay for your crimes.
Thanks for the price increases.
Thanks for the loss of a very wonderful shopping feature.
Please, in the future, shop somewhere else; I cannot afford to buy your groceries for you.
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