An Ode to Costco’s Scanner Gun

Sometimes checking out of Costco feels like madness, but there’s a method. This blogger loves how Costco has wandering checkout people that use their scanner guns to get those with few items out quickly:

While my fellow shoppers and I were waiting in long lines, an employee came around and picked off shoppers with a small number of items in their baskets. (My husband points out they should just have an express line for “8 items or less”, but they haven’t instituted that yet.) Scanner Lady scans their Costco membership card and then each item in their cart. They then go through the line WITHOUT EMPTYING THEIR CART ONTO THE CONVEYOR BELT. When they hand the checkout person their Costco card, all their pre-scanned purchases print out on a receipt which they pay, and then hightail it out of the store, allowing the lines to move tons faster. The person behind them can load their stuff onto the belt while these pre-scanned customers settle their bills. (I didn’t qualify since my cart was way too full, packed double and triple decker.)
Keep it up, Costco. In times like this, we really need you.


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