Yesterday the earbuds on my iPod went on the fritz. Specifically the right one only carried any sound at a few seemingly random moments, which is more annoying than if it wasn't working at all.
So I went to the CVS during lunchtime to pick up a new pair. Found 'em pretty easy, and I go to the checkout. But there's only one guy at the checkout counter, and he won't take my money himself. Instead he directs me to the express checkout, which now takes up a big part of the front of the store.
It seems easy enough to use, but I don't like this. When out shopping I prefer to do business with living cashiers, in part because the automated express is a clear excuse to lay people off. Stop & Shop has had the technology for years, but they at least give you the choice of which way to go. Here I had no choice. I hope the other branches don't follow suit any time soon.