But then I thought, heck, if this is the wave of the future I might as well start surfing now.
So I turned around and headed back to the kiosk,
How the operation works is that one points the scanner at the bar code of the item one wishes to purchase and presses the scan button, which causes the price of the item to appear on the screen and apparently in the memory of the scanner.
Now, the produce section is a weence more involved, though, I thought, quite ingenious.
First one scans the bar code on the fruit or vegetable.
Next one brings the item over to the weigh station and places it on the scale.
Then one scans the bar code on the scale, and the scanner puts all the info together and the name, weight, and price of your purchase pops up on the scanner screen and is added to the shopping list stored in your scanner,
So, was it faster and more convenient?
I'm not really sure.
First of all there was the issue of the scanner, which you have to carry around in your hand,
Not to mention that the whole process was complicated by the fact that my daughter called me while I was doing my Scan, Bag, Go-ing, so trying to scan and bag things with one hand while trying to hold my phone in the other hand was a real juggling act and, I'm sure, slowed the process down by many percentage points. In fact I had to put down my phone often just to get the scanning and bagging done, so I can say with assurance that the Scan, Bag, Go model is incompatible with the talking-on-the-phone-while-shopping model. Unless maybe one has a Bluetooth.
After I'd removed my credit card from the machine and returned it to my purse I turned back to my cart to get my scanner and return it to the scanner-return rack at the end of the pay area.
My scanner wasn't in my cart. I looked under my cart and all around on the floor. I looked in my purse and in all my bags. I'd had that thing literally seconds ago. I had a scary moment of wondering if I was having an initial episode of some category of dementia. I didn't really know what to do. Finally I approached the cashier who was monitoring the pay area and, embarrassed, told her that I'd somehow lost my scanner.
"Oh, no, I grabbed it from your cart and took care of it," she said cheerfully.
I'll withhold my verdict on this new shopping technology until a future occasion.