Shoppers shop and pay at unmanned grocery store.

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 11, 2010 4:10 AM GMT
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/10/AR2010021002929.html
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 11, 2010 12:50 PM GMT
    Confusing article.
    Is Safeway trying to say it didn't happen?

    "Safeway spokesman Craig M. Muckle said a member of Safeway's security staff got to the store shortly after 2 p.m. Muckle said the security staff member told him that all four doors were locked and that nothing appeared out of the ordinary.

    "Nothing was actually taken," Muckle said. "And there was no money left on the counter."

    And the cops? Rude.

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 11, 2010 1:16 PM GMT
    During a family trip to Williamsburg, Virginia in 1957 we stayed at a hotel that had an unattended self-pay casual dining room, that we mainly used for breakfast. The cereal, milk cartons, fruits, pastries, coffee and so forth all had prices, and you left your money in a large open bowl on the counter. This also enabled you to dig in and make change for the exact amount.

    There was also a selection of candy bars and other snacks out in the open, no vending machines, which most interested me as a kid. All the guests seemed to comply and not cheat, my parents especially making sure I didn't swipe anything without paying. I can't imagine such a thing working today.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 11, 2010 1:17 PM GMT
    Very interesting. But here's the magic question... would you do the same?
  • DCEric

    Posts: 3713

    Feb 11, 2010 1:19 PM GMT
    The honor system works, folks.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 11, 2010 1:28 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidVery interesting. But here's the magic question... would you do the same?

    No. For one thing, I'd assume the security cameras were recording me, since they're often left on 24/7 against break-ins. Second, leaving the money there would be no guarantee they'd get it, or know what it was for. Another person might take the money I left for himself, maybe even the cashier, since there was nothing to ring up. I'd just leave the store empty-handed and try again later.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 11, 2010 1:30 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    SAHEM62896 saidVery interesting. But here's the magic question... would you do the same?

    No. For one thing, I'd assume the security cameras were recording me, since they're often left on 24/7 against break-ins. Second, leaving the money there would be no guarantee they'd get it, or know what it was for. Another person might take the money I left for himself, maybe even the cashier, since there was nothing to ring up. I'd just leave the store empty-handed and try again later.


    See, I feel the same way and would do the same. Besides, I don't want to just leave money and let the store owner figure out which part of his/her inventory is missing; that just creates more unnecessary work for that person.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 11, 2010 1:40 PM GMT
    Personally, I would just back a truck up to the front door and take what's left. .... icon_wink.gif
  • Little_Spoon

    Posts: 1562

    Feb 11, 2010 1:46 PM GMT
    I smell murder.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 11, 2010 1:58 PM GMT
    Not that long ago, used to go visit my grandfather way back in the hills of WV and once when I was 48---probably the last time before he died-- I went to the nearest town ( 15 miles away) to get something to eat or so, forgot what.
    The 5 & 10 (that's five & dime store for you young'ins!) was open but no one was at the counter. I waited for several minutes, wondering when the clerk was coming back.
    Another customer came in, got some items, pulled over a clipboard on the counter, wrote something down and left. I walked over and looked at the clipboard. She had written : "1 Joy dish liquid, 8oz. 1 Comet, 12 oz. 2 Sponges, large. 1 Playtex gloves, med. Jenny (last name)."

    The heading on the page was "HOW MANY ITEM SIZE ACCOUNT"


    Can you see THAT working today?!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 11, 2010 2:02 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite saidCan you see THAT working today?!

    Sure. And wouldnt they be surprised to see that George Washington did so much shopping at their store that day. ... icon_wink.gif