Published on November 18th, 2015 | by Ann Rickard


A Lot More DIY Now

This is not something I should be admitting but I’ve always been honest with you so here goes.

I actually love, I mean really love…love, love, love…doing my own check-out at the supermarket.

I know…sad.

“If you find yourself exhausted at the end of each day it is probably because of all the extra work involved”

I am aware it is mean of me to be taking away jobs from young ones, I hate myself for it, but there is something stupidly empowering about running your groceries through the check-out by yourself.

I enjoy everything about it: The little bleep noise it makes when I put the barcode against the gadget, the speed of it…I even like weighing my own fruit and vegies, and I love watching closely to see how much everything costs. I never used to do that when I went through the regular check-out.

It goes without saying I should have been a check-out chick from the moment I left school.

Maybe the novelty of it all will wear off after a while, but for now I am savouring the happy little kick I get out of doing my own check-out thing.

I do recall misty but fond memories of a time when you not only had a check-out person to assist you in the supermarket, you also had another standing by to pack your groceries.

Two people on the one check-out. Hard to believe.

It makes you ponder on all the other myriad stuff we have to do by ourselves now.

It seems like a life time ago that someone actually filled your car up with petrol.

You won’t know what that was like unless you are of a decent age, but they were happy days when a man (it was almost always a man) came out of the service station shop, gave you a cheery greeting, filled up your tank and then cleaned your windscreen.

You might think I’m talking about some fantasy land of aeons ago, but the man actually cleaned your windscreen as a matter of course, and he often asked if you’d like your oil checked too, and –this might be really difficult to comprehend – he even offered to check the air in your tyres.

I do not jest.

If you think about it, we are being asked to do so much ourselves now – and unlike the grocery check-out, most of it is not fun.

I remember when you actually had someone in a bank hand over your money during a transaction, and spoke to you and sometimes smiled. I kid you not.

I am old enough to remember when there was a person in the elevator in department stores and places of business to press the button for you. (This one is hard to get your head around if you are youthful and experienced in pressing elevator buttons but in the dark old days we needed someone to attend to this taxing chore.)

Even harder to comprehend is that we once had a person waiting for us in the loo to hand us paper towels. Really. (But not everywhere, just posh places.)

If you find yourself exhausted at the end of each day it is probably because of all the extra work involved in normal routine living.

Now we are obliged to fetch and pour our own water in some cafes, put tickets in machines to park the car, pay all our bills without the assistance of a person, check ourselves in at machines at airports, let ourselves into hotel rooms…oh, the hardship



About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

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