All sorts of things are getting automated these days.
A few years ago we looked at European self-order McDonald’s restaurants, and within a few months they began popping up here. Well … I noticed them here. I’m not into coffee shops that often. Maybe they crept in while I was gawking at the new high rise over there.
And then I saw self-service “automat” convenience stores in European cities, which I haven’t [yet] seen here.
Mind, every time I go into Dollarama or Giant Tiger I bless them for providing entry level jobs. Alas, with labour costs rising, they are now accepting credit cards, the first step in providing self-checkout counters. Some places, like the big orange hardware store, and the blue and yellow flat pak housewears and furniture store, now seem to have more self-check outs than human check outs.
And I remember this grocery store that had scanners you could take with you to scan your groceries as you shopped:
And then more recently I came across these vending machines at the Somerset West Community Health Centre. Was I being uncharitable to wonder if their supervised drug injection site was becoming self serve?
Alas, I wasn’t even sure what they were vending …
Nor did I seem to have the right currency. Old fuddy-duddy me.
And I used to think POP was a program on transit.
What’s next? Self-service medicine? Oh wait, we have Dr Google for that already. If that doesn’t work, how about self-serve cemeteries?