Steve Frank writes, “I would not be surprised if the stores had a special surcharge for having real people check you out for your bread and milk”:
A few years ago the grocery industry [in California] went on a 20 week strike. It was a lose for everybody, most especially for the strikers, some of whom went into bankruptcy and many others who still work in the industry, but get fewer hours and less pay and benefits.
It was inevitable, before reality set in.
Since then Albertsons have been installing self check out stands, with one employee helping 4-8 counters at the same time