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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2725 on: January 01, 2021, 08:43:43 am »
I virtually always use the self scan. The wait I shorter and I can pack as I scan. Most barcodes are I. Normal places and easily scanned by the two scanners.

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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2726 on: January 01, 2021, 08:56:57 am »
I virtually always use the self scan. The wait I shorter and I can pack as I scan. Most barcodes are I. Normal places and easily scanned by the two scanners.

I too haven't been in a supermarket/food shop of any size since the start of February (Mrs robgul or Mr Ocado oblige) - but I understand from a friend that's on the top managemtent team at Aldi that most of their products have barcodes on many faces of the packaging to ensure "right first time" swiping at the tills . . . perhaps something others might follow suit with?
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« Reply #2727 on: January 01, 2021, 09:43:56 am »
I gave up due the dumb things' dislike of my 2.5kg rucksack 'Unexpected bag in item area', although those at Waitrose aren't as stupid.
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« Reply #2728 on: January 01, 2021, 10:09:19 am »
Thats odd, I've always found the Waitrose ones a right PITA with panniers, or anything else for that matter.
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2729 on: January 01, 2021, 11:29:27 am »
I virtually always use the self scan. The wait I shorter and I can pack as I scan. Most barcodes are I. Normal places and easily scanned by the two scanners.

I too haven't been in a supermarket/food shop of any size since the start of February (Mrs robgul or Mr Ocado oblige) - but I understand from a friend that's on the top managemtent team at Aldi that most of their products have barcodes on many faces of the packaging to ensure "right first time" swiping at the tills . . . perhaps something others might follow suit with?

Both Aldi and Lidl have huge bar codes compared to any of the other stores. Some are full width (and then sides) of the packaging, saves time in scanning as you say.
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2730 on: January 01, 2021, 12:29:38 pm »
I always do the scan as you shop thing. Doing your scanning and packing as you walk to the next item is very time efficient and avoids the whole unexpected item in the bagging area. I also like the looks of horror from other shoppers if you put an item in your pocket.
I've only seen scan as you shop at Mr Rose's Weighty House of Toothy Comestibles, and therefore have never used it.
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« Reply #2731 on: January 01, 2021, 12:51:54 pm »
Tesco and Asda have it round here. Not sure about Morrison's.
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« Reply #2732 on: January 01, 2021, 01:19:53 pm »
Waitrose and Tesco’s have it here. The Waitrose is slightly better as you can weigh and scan loose fruit and veg in the veg aisle.

This however is nothing compared to the prototype Amazon food stores where you take things off the shelf, pop them in your bag without scanning and walk out, with your account being billed.

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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2733 on: January 01, 2021, 01:45:10 pm »
I expect it's as much about size of shop as brand.
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« Reply #2734 on: January 01, 2021, 01:47:52 pm »
I expect it's as much about size of shop as brand.
You can do it at all Waitrose’s even if they are too small to have a rack of scanners... in which case your can use you mobile phone instead.

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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2735 on: January 01, 2021, 01:55:35 pm »
The self-styled "Little Waitrose" is the second largest supermarket I regularly enter after "big Sainsbury's" which most people would actually consider medium-small (and I've only been in there twice since March). All the other Tescos and Sainsos round here are Spar-sized, and the Cooper @ Ives are the same size as they are anywhere else. I'm sure if I could be bothered to go out to a larger Tesco etc they'd have that system.
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« Reply #2736 on: January 01, 2021, 02:09:09 pm »
I always do the scan as you shop thing. Doing your scanning and packing as you walk to the next item is very time efficient and avoids the whole unexpected item in the bagging area. I also like the looks of horror from other shoppers if you put an item in your pocket.

Ah so you're the one that blocks the aisle while you search for the barcode and then have to rearrange the shopping bag to avoid putting the potatoes on top of the eggs.  ;D

And at the moment there don't seem to be queues at the checkouts. Keep 6 feet away from the cashier and you're probably ok
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2737 on: January 01, 2021, 03:57:51 pm »
I always do the scan as you shop thing. Doing your scanning and packing as you walk to the next item is very time efficient and avoids the whole unexpected item in the bagging area. I also like the looks of horror from other shoppers if you put an item in your pocket.

Ah so you're the one that blocks the aisle while you search for the barcode and then have to rearrange the shopping bag to avoid putting the potatoes on top of the eggs.  ;D

And at the moment there don't seem to be queues at the checkouts. Keep 6 feet away from the cashier and you're probably ok
If potatoes or eggs were in the wrong section of the list it would not survive the pre-shop vetting.

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« Reply #2738 on: January 02, 2021, 12:35:18 pm »
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2739 on: January 05, 2021, 08:44:12 pm »
The Waitrose mobile phone app is also (IMO) best in the current plague conditions, as you don't have to fondle another device. The app has been substantially improved since it's early days, when whatever you wanted, you got pants.

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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2740 on: January 05, 2021, 09:36:15 pm »
Doesn't work in our local branch, a mobile signal black hole
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2741 on: January 08, 2021, 12:47:52 pm »
GN: Royal Mail has delivered my new merino wool beanie from IsoBaa

BN:  Royal Mail driver hit the vintage cast iron lamppost outside our house, which will now require replacing.  Unfortunately Highways will only replace with new modern ugly lamppost.
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2742 on: January 21, 2021, 02:37:21 pm »
GN: Just had first vaccination for that modern lurgy thing that's so popular atm.
BN: Pfizer; at my age AZ would have been better. Now hoping for mild but noticeable reaction to show that the protest against bodies is working.

Just to make sure that I got there I walked nearly 5 miles (if the bus doesn't turn up...), then walked another 2 miles to Waitrose to buy goodies. The (Muslim) bus driver didn't seem to be impressed by my happylunch of ham sandwiches and port.
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2743 on: January 21, 2021, 03:30:22 pm »
GN: The house got a stress test last night

BN: It failed in the "Not letting in water" bit.  Specifically over our bloody bedroom!

GN: Rufus who did the other end of the roof last year is still working so he can sort it the weekend after next.
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« Reply #2744 on: January 21, 2021, 05:21:08 pm »
GN: Rufus who did the other end of the roof last year is still working so he can sort it the weekend after next.

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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2745 on: January 21, 2021, 05:29:52 pm »
You are a phoneticist - your statue will be resoundingly unmolished!
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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2746 on: January 21, 2021, 06:57:43 pm »
GN: Just had first vaccination for that modern lurgy thing that's so popular atm.
BN: Pfizer; at my age AZ would have been better. Now hoping for mild but noticeable reaction to show that the protest against bodies is working.
Just to make sure that I got there I walked nearly 5 miles (if the bus doesn't turn up...), then walked another 2 miles to Waitrose to buy goodies. The (Muslim) bus driver didn't seem to be impressed by my happylunch of ham sandwiches and port.
Suspect your necessary unmasking to consume concerned him more than what you ingested.

Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2747 on: January 21, 2021, 09:56:05 pm »
Bus companies disapprove, and sometimes ban, eating on board, due to the inevitable detritus and potential annoyance to other passengers, often including potent odours.

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« Reply #2748 on: January 21, 2021, 09:59:38 pm »
Seems entirely reasonable, given I've been on buses resembling the pavements outside McD's.

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Re: The Good News / Bad News Thread
« Reply #2749 on: January 21, 2021, 10:22:39 pm »
They generally ban hot food, so ham sandwiches okay, and alcohol, so port defo not okay.
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