They are already a major source of frustration.
But self-service checkouts may not just be sending stress levels soaring – they could also be turning honest shoppers into thieves.
A Leicester University report has revealed that a shop’s losses are more than double when self-service technology is used.
While some of the items may have found their way into shopping bags by mistake, others are likely to have been pilfered – and not just by hardened criminals.
Interviews with supermarket managers and staff suggest that normally honest people give into temptation when left to scan their own shopping.
Frankly I prefer regular checkouts for the simple reason that things can be confusing. By no means am I so tech deficit that I can not figure things out but there are some items that one needs help on.