Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Old General Store


Today's picture was taken around 1900, and shows a general store in Maryland. I love the pot belly stove, and the bench where shoppers could sit, and visit with one another. I have to think this was a much nicer shopping experience than most grocery stores today.

I especially like that there is a store clerk manning the register, and that shoppers are not supposed to check themselves out. I was surprised that apparently most of  you  are not as outraged as I am at being "trained" to do  a job for the store for free that they are now paying a person to do. What a bunch of "sheeple" you all are, allowing the man to manipulate you into doing just what he wants. When they load you on trains to take you off to the FEMA concentration camp trailers, you will probably not even whimper. OK, I don't really believe that there are FEMA concentration camps being put together, and don't believe that the self check outs are part of some grand conspiracy, but they do really annoy me. I refuse to use them. Join me, and demand your right to a human checkout clerk!

25 comments:

  1. so true... here in France they try that too - Ialways go where a clerk is ... It keep a woman or a man at work!

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  2. I refuse to check myself out at the grocery store. Even if I'm running in for a few items. In my opinion, it is just another way for a company to eliminate jobs so they can keep more of the profits. It is not like the company is passing the savings on to us. Our food is costing us more and more, and now there are less people on the payroll. By ignoring the self checkout isles, we are telling the grocery stores that we still want cashiers and baggers. Help them keep their jobs.

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  3. Great photo, from a definitely slower time.

    When I get groceries, the shortest line gets my business. If it's a tossup, then the live person does.

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  4. I also refuse the use the self checkout. In the same way I never buy those yoghurts where they have, say, apricot sauce in one corner and you have to mix in yourself; are they too busy to do it in the factory?
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  5. TRUE, IT SAVES THEM MONEY BUT PERHAPS IT SAVES THE STORE TIME SINCE THEY WANT NOT TO HIRE SUFFICIENT HELP TO TAKE CARE OF A NUMBER OF CHECKOUT AISLES. YOU STILL HAVE CHOICE.

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  6. I would be willing to bet that the man sitting on the bench is the husband of the woman over at the counter. I am not a big fan of shopping is some stores (Penny's and Sears) but when my wife goes I look for the benches and sit down. My 8 year old usually partakes of this restful activity with me. We watch people and try to guess their story - what they do for a living or where they might be from. I love the benches and my son has grown to appreciate them as well.

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  7. When's the last time you saw a store with a bench to sit on? As if they would dare to imply you are welcome to stick around for a bit?

    I live just a mile or two from the mother of all 'AMTRAK Death Camps,' which was made famous in a youtube video a couple of years ago. So far, they're sticking to just fixing trains -- something they've been doing there for over 100 years. Or maybe that's just their cover story...

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  8. OK, I do like to use the self check out lint when I have 1/2 a cart load. I do use the clerks when I have a lot of produce.

    My real pet peeve is when the 24 hour store and is late and has 2 different entrances and they make you come in the entrance by the groceries, and then when you want to check out you have to go all the way down to the far end to check out and then come all the way back to the only open door.
    They tell me when I ask them why, that they need someone down by the cigarettes dept. which is at the far end away from food items.
    When I ask why not open the far door were the clerk is at. They tell me that most people come in that late are after food.
    Then I suggest moving the cigarettes down by the food door.
    But I guess it makes to much sense.

    I still am on the hated lap top with the tiny screen.
    Did I mention how much I hate lap tops.

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  9. They've stopped even turning on most of the self check out stands here because they're used so infrequently. That's in the Wal-Mart, the HEB doesn't have any self check outs. We only have the two since the Super S closed.

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  10. When I see pictures like this one with the clothes looking like they need a good wash, with people standing around in relative close proximity - and sometimes looking like they need a good wash - I always wonder what they smelled like! I know we were not a very fastidious people when it comes to washing back in those times. I guess they used a lot of pomade, or pockets full of posies. Maybe?

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  11. I like the fact that the women still wore dresses and the men felt the need to put on a coat (although they look a little "scruffy") when they went out in public.

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  12. At our grocery when you check yourself out they have an "overseer" there anyway...I always ask that person if they want me to restock some shelves or mop floors after I check myself out...

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  13. anon with the caps on seems a little defensive , perhaps a wally world worker??

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  14. I'm glad to have a choice with checkouts - mostly, I confess, I choose to be a jerk with a ton of coins in the self-checkout aisle.

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  15. Ex-pat, I've been away for so long, I didn't even *know* about self-check out aisles. Personally scrupulously honest, I don't worry about myself, but wonder how the stores make sure that less honest people using those lines DO pay. How does it work, anyway? At least in general terms. I'd like to be able to warn my ESL students. Thanks for the heads-up.

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  16. Старые фотографии как будто переносят нас в то время, к этим людям. Просмотр таких снимков доставляет огромное удовольствие.

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  17. Dmitri, your statement is a little hard to follow. Try a translator so we can all get the word. Glad you are here, though.

    Since you have been discussing them, JPM, I have begun to stomp by the self checkouts and then approach the maned registers with profound appreciation. They are much faster than the self-check ones and the folks are pleasant to talk to (oops a preposition). Just don't talk too long or the next patron in line will be unhappy.

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  18. I don't know. The cash register is turned toward the center of the store. Sure looks like self check-out to me.

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  19. Hoo-boy will this date me, but I remember buying Three Musketeer candy bars for a nickel when I was in kindergarten. But in the first grade the price increased to seven cents. The store was a little grocery. The grocer liked us kindergarteners but his patience grew short when we took too long to decide which penny candy to buy.

    So often these small low-profit enterprises are run by immigrant peoples to whom it is an opportunity to get a foothold in the community. Our still small town of Lafayette, Colorado has a bunch of these places: mexican groceries, East Indian restaurants, and gas stations run by people from many different nations. You can get the best green chili in the world at several restaurants here. I like it a lot. That's the American spirit at work, I think, making a stand and starting a life in a new country. My point of view, but I'm old fashioned.

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  20. Dimitri's Translation - from Google translator - Russian to English


    Old photos like take us to the time for these people. Viewing these images is a great pleasure.

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  21. I'm handicapped. Two large chain grocery stores will even put my groceries in the car for me. Couldn't do it without their help. There is another chain grocery that will help but without enthusiasm...I think a lot has to do with the manager's attitude, even though money is important they still value their customers, with others it's just a job. Judy

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  22. G'day Mr PJM and all,

    This picture looks like it is a display store in a wax museum or something like that. The register is facing the wrong way and the fire box door is open and the fire not lit, the woman is wearing winter clothing. They all have dead pan expressions on their faces.

    I quite like supermarkets, when I was a kid the lady at the green grocer would give me rotten fruit and my mum would chuck a burko.Now I get to pick my own, lol.
    But I do like the good ol' days for many reasons.

    A daily visit to your blog is a must, so interesting. The old garages really took me back with an intense feeling of nostalgia. We do still have some in our small country towns, they are really sweet.

    But Hey I am with Roger, we havn't had a, with pictures, domestic update for quite some time now. Busy or not we demand to see whats been going on in Chickie Town.

    Best wishes from Downunder.....

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  23. On the subject of 'doing a job they should be paid for', isn't this photo from an era when the store employee would select and carry a customer's goods, too? Piggly Wiggly was the first to "make" customers pick out their own goods and push them in a cart up to a checkout line. Should we all refuse to do that job, too?

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  24. Great photo. Love the clearness of the store and the people, something I would love to draw.

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  25. Beats the heck out of Wal-Mart.

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