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Tips to Make Self-Checkout Fun

16 Mar 2018

Although self-checkouts are meant to make shopping faster and easier, anyone who has struggled with the bags, blundered with the buttons, or been mercilessly yelled at by the loudly annoying self-checkout voice knows that’s not always the case. These quick tips from Port Canal Shopping Centre can change all that, helping you zip through the centre’s self-checkout lines at Coles and Kmart.

1. MUTE THE YELLING VOICE

Yep, the machines have buttons to adjust the volume and even mute the voice if it’s making you frazzled.

2. SEEK HELP (AND YE SHALL FIND)

In a bind? Hit the button for assistance, then stand there looking forlorn until it arrives. Both Coles and Kmart schedule self-checkout assistants to stand by. They may react first to those who appear the most distressed.

3. KNOW YOUR VEGGIES

The machines get really mad and go extra slow if you mess up your veggies. So beware of pressing the Roma tomato button when you really have Truss tomatoes, or selecting the Lebanese cucumber button for your Continental one. Review the veggie signs when selecting your produce, noting any code numbers if available.

4. WAIT FOR THE GREEN LIGHT

The green light indicates the machine is ready to scan your item. The light won’t come on if you didn’t put your previous item in the bagging section – or accidentally added something that shouldn’t be there.

5. DON'T TIP THE SCALES

Make sure nothing other than your fruits or veggies are pressing on the scale. A basket or wallet leaning on the scale can get you charged for 12 kilos of tomatoes instead of 2.

6. TAKE CARE WITH PLASTIC BAGS

Lightly wet your fingers to open stubborn plastic bags. Bag your items as you scan them, not altogether at the end.

7. BYOB (FOR EXTRA CREDIT)

Bonus points if you bring your own reusable bags for bagging your groceries and goodies at the machine. Double bonus points if you bring your used plastic bags and other recyclables to the in-store recycling bins at Coles.

Follow these fabulous tips and your trip through the self-checkouts at Coles and Kmart can be zippy and hassle-free. Head to Port Canal to see for yourself today!


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