Self service tills driving me mad

Another personal pet hate I have picked up in recent times involves supermarkets.

Personally I don’t believe in using credit cards and try to not use a debit card unless it is unavoidable. As well as reducing the risk of being the victim of fraud, I find that I spend considerably less money when having to hand over cash with every purchase.

However the self-service tills at Tesco are increasingly starting to annoy me. It doesn’t seem to matter how many notes or coins I use to pay, it will give me the most awkward change possible – and always with coppers.

As an example yesterday my shopping totalled £7.68. I fed the machine £10.18 fully expecting the £2.50 change to come out as two pound coins and one fifty pence piece. But no, the change was dispensed as two pound coins, one 20p piece, four 5p pieces and a bunch of coppers. Why? Totally no need at all.

I wonder if the machine knows it is me, perhaps using a new artificial intelligence trying to slowly drive me out of the store.
I am curious though, does this just happen to me or to everyone else too? And is it only the Helston store?

Toby Hines

Toby Hines founded the Helston Advertiser in 2000 and is a passionate supporter of local businesses. He is a big believer in health and wellness and likes to begin most days with a walk around Helston with his Golden Retriever or an hour in the gym. A father of three, he is happiest when spending quality time with the family.

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