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Self-Checkouts - how to stop the patronising voice over!

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Here's a little known fact that has saved me literally minutes of blood boiling. At supermarket self-checkouts, notably Sainsburys, you can turn OFF the annoying voiceover woman shouting repetitive in… Read More
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7y, 3m agoPosted 7 years, 3 months ago
Here's a little known fact that has saved me literally minutes of blood boiling. At supermarket self-checkouts, notably Sainsburys, you can turn OFF the annoying voiceover woman shouting repetitive instructions at you through the machine as if you are an utter moron incapable of waving a packet of custard creams over a little glass screen. There is a volume control, bottom left, which gets rid of her. Phew! Made my day to find that out.
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7y, 3m agoPosted 7 years, 3 months ago
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#1
Unexpected item in bagging area!.... Beep....Beep

Put item in bagging area.....Beep....Beep

Beep....Beep....Assistance required.....Beep

You feeling better now? :thumbsup:
#2
Hit it.
#3
Its the only adult convo i have, all day!! So i like her!
#4
Lulu'sMammy
Its the only adult convo i have, all day!! So i like her!


they still too busy to type using one hand on chat roulette these days?:p
banned#5
Brilliant! I had no idea about that. She doesn't just talk toy you SHE SHOUTS AT YOU!
#6
Bet that woman was paid a fortune to record that voice over lol!

She makes me feel like a thief though when she declares "UNEXPECTED ITEM IN BAGGING AREA" Yeah you just tell everyone - Make them all look round at me - let the staff give me evils!!!
#7
so if you turn her off, you can steal? lol
#8
numptyj
so if you turn her off, you can steal? lol


Noooo lol you know what i mean! :oops:


EDIT: But hmmm that could work lol
#9
numptyj
so if you turn her off, you can steal? lol


Just print your own barcode on a label for something of same weight but lower value and stick it over the original :whistling: OLd scam been happening years over the pond, and someone near us got caught doing it in B&Q :w00t: only weight isnt needed to be even near there.
#10
Just out of interest how did you find this out?
#11
pipsqueak
Just out of interest how did you find this out?


I mentioned to the bod who hangs around DESPERATE for you to ***** it up, "This voice woman help thingy is really REALLY loud and irritating". She replied, with aforementioned solution. Calm ensued.
#12
harlzter
Just print your own barcode on a label for something of same weight but lower value and stick it over the original :whistling: OLd scam been happening years over the pond, and someone near us got caught doing it in B&Q :w00t: only weight isnt needed to be even near there.


What a good idea. Do you think that photcopied bar codes would work stuck on tins etc. I am not criminally minded but love a challange.
banned#13
Me and a mate managed to totally kill one of these machines last week - so it was stuck on a continuous loop of "Please remove your card from the reader" and "Assistance required" until it was rebooted!
#14
At Morrisson's it tells you to swipe every damn item. So annoying!
#15
stufai
At Morrisson's it tells you to swipe every damn item. So annoying!


You're so right. Thats easily the worst of the bunch "Please put the item in the bag. Please put the item in the bag. Please put the item in the bag" YES I KNOW!!!!! IVE GOT IT!!!!

Also, their bagging area is ridiculously small, even with the stupid sliding bag thingy.

GRRR! :x
banned#16
stufai
At Morrisson's it tells you to swipe every damn item. So annoying!


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#17
In Wilkinsons i put a £20 note in it gave me a £10 note change out the bottom and then i was waiting for the coins and it said "error - no change, please see store attendant for change" So she came over and said oh theres no change one minute, she asked me if i had the note and i said "no... it has no change in it!" So she gave me the full change including the £10 again!! Naughty me, i just couldnt say yes!
#18
Smaybelline
In Wilkinsons i put a £20 note in it gave me a £10 note change out the bottom and then i was waiting for the coins and it said "error - no change, please see store attendant for change" So she came over and said oh theres no change one minute, she asked me if i had the note and i said "no... it has no change in it!" So she gave me the full change including the £10 again!! Naughty me, i just couldnt say yes!


Retail fraud...

I.P. logged and reported.
#19
I feel for the assistants on that section, whichever shop I go to they are run ragged resetting the scanners and helping the duffers using them.

I notice a lot of them are now being covered with cctv cameras.
#20
Chiptivo
Retail fraud...

I.P. logged and reported.

:oops:
#21
Smaybelline
:oops:


lol.. Just kidding..

Thing is, the Wilcos scanners are made by a US company called USCAN.. And I do go out and repair them for them... What you did will cause the stupid assistants at wilcos to log a service call to uscan as the unit is 10 pound down.. The service call costs nearly 100 pound, and they always lie...

Well done to you, I would of done the same...

p.s. The firmwares on the note and coin acceptors is so buggy and old, I could tell you a list of currency that can be read and detected as UK notes, that have only penny values in the UK.
#22
Chiptivo
lol.. Just kidding..

p.s. The firmwares on the note and coin acceptors is so buggy and old, I could tell you a list of currency that can be read and detected as UK notes, that have only penny values in the UK.



What you waiting for then!!!
#23
I got "Approval needed" for a bottle of Lemsip lol.
banned#24
Smaybelline
In Wilkinsons i put a £20 note in it gave me a £10 note change out the bottom and then i was waiting for the coins and it said "error - no change, please see store attendant for change" So she came over and said oh theres no change one minute, she asked me if i had the note and i said "no... it has no change in it!" So she gave me the full change including the £10 again!! Naughty me, i just couldnt say yes!


So basically you are a straight forward thief?

Sweet jesus we all do bad things but thats just blatant theft. I'm glad you've made it clear you are proud of it, now everyone knows the kind of person you are.

A thief and a blatant liar.
#25
thee are so many problems with these self service tills tho

i work with the tesco ones and to be honest it isnt that hard to scam them.......

find something reduced aprox same weight as what you want cheaper swap reduced sticker whola.......

drop something into the paper bin by the self service as yu get it out (rember its only going to be paper in there) find and operator barcode..... full access

finaly want a bit of fun? follow the blue trim by the side of the screen to the undernearth (follow card swipe down) find a little black button whola the attendant wont know what youve done...... final guess what they take fake notes! the only check size etc ;-) and scanned coupons work need i go on with the problems ......

ohhh p.s there are majic numbers (as we call them) whee you type say 865792 (not a real one BTW) scan something and it prices it as 0.01 and wont call over for aproval
#26
jackt010
thee are so many problems with these self service tills tho

i work with the tesco ones and to be honest it isnt that hard to scam them.......

find something reduced aprox same weight as what you want cheaper swap reduced sticker whola.......

drop something into the paper bin by the self service as yu get it out (rember its only going to be paper in there) find and operator barcode..... full access

finaly want a bit of fun? follow the blue trim by the side of the screen to the undernearth (follow card swipe down) find a little black button whola the attendant wont know what youve done...... final guess what they take fake notes! the only check size etc ;-) and scanned coupons work need i go on with the problems ......

ohhh p.s there are majic numbers (as we call them) whee you type say 865792 (not a real one BTW) scan something and it prices it as 0.01 and wont call over for aproval



lols.. post of the week...
#27
hey i aint working there in 1 week so i dont care speeling may be sh** but come on it not even 10am1
#28
NB.

DO NOT let you child lean on the bagging area...............I can tell thee
#29
vibeone
So basically you are a straight forward thief?

Sweet jesus we all do bad things but thats just blatant theft. I'm glad you've made it clear you are proud of it, now everyone knows the kind of person you are.

A thief and a blatant liar.


The women who came over and dealt with me is employed to stand there and watch... i was the only person using the self serving tills. She was too busy chatting to her colleagues about what she did at the weekend - Maybe if she was paying more attention like she is employed to do she would have seen me pick up the £10 and then i wouldnt have said i hadnt had it. Im sick of employees simply not caring, having a "cant be bothered" attitude. If she was a bit more competent and a bit nicer i may not have done it. Why are you so bothered anyway?
1 Like #30
Smaybelline
The women who came over and dealt with me is employed to stand there and watch... i was the only person using the self serving tills. She was too busy chatting to her colleagues about what she did at the weekend - Maybe if she was paying more attention like she is employed to do she would have seen me pick up the £10 and then i wouldnt have said i hadnt had it. Im sick of employees simply not caring, having a "cant be bothered" attitude. If she was a bit more competent and a bit nicer i may not have done it. Why are you so bothered anyway?


good on you i say, yes she should of been paying more attention.

like the woman at sports direct who was discussing the weekends plans while i was stood there waiting to be served. bought my son a tracksuit, she had left half of the tag in, the pin part which when he wore it a few days later when straight through his finger!! :x
#31
superskilly
good on you i say, yes she should of been paying more attention.

like the woman at sports direct who was discussing the weekends plans while i was stood there waiting to be served. bought my son a tracksuit, she had left half of the tag in, the pin part which when he wore it a few days later when straight through his finger!! :x


You should write a letter!

Im so sick of staff at shops like that these days. Its a pet hate of mine! It just really irritates me. I hate when they just talk to each other over the tills while customers are being served, they dont pay attention, they dont care, i dont know how they get employed or why they are still employed! It really grates on me. Im not an old biddy by the way im 22 but i cant stand it!

Also the machine should have showed the amount of change outstanding and the amount it had already dispensed..... technology is meant to be so wonderful! And dont the staff know when the change is getting low? Or do they have to wait until it runs out on someone like it did on me?
#32
Smaybelline
You should write a letter!

Im so sick of staff at shops like that these days. Its a pet hate of mine! It just really irritates me. I hate when they just talk to each other over the tills while customers are being served, they dont pay attention, they dont care, i dont know how they get employed or why they are still employed! It really grates on me. Im not an old biddy by the way im 22 but i cant stand it!

Also the machine should have showed the amount of change outstanding and the amount it had already dispensed..... technology is meant to be so wonderful! And dont the staff know when the change is getting low? Or do they have to wait until it runs out on someone like it did on me?


It is annoying.. They sit and hang around getting their minimum wage, chatting and not doing their jobs efficiently.. I think they all should be replaced by robots.....
#33
Smaybelline
Im so sick of staff at shops like that these days. Its a pet hate of mine! It just really irritates me. I hate when they just talk to each other over the tills while customers are being served, they dont pay attention, they dont care, i dont know how they get employed or why they are still employed! It really grates on me. Im not an old biddy by the way im 22 but i cant stand it!

Also the machine should have showed the amount of change outstanding and the amount it had already dispensed..... technology is meant to be so wonderful! And dont the staff know when the change is getting low? Or do they have to wait until it runs out on someone like it did on me?


Yeeeah suuuure you would :w00t: excuses, excuses - you'd still steal the tenner.

From my experience the "not caring" attitude often comes from treatment by customers and employers, who tend to regard staff as willing slaves. It can take one arsey customer to ruin your whole day/week/month/life if you don't have a thick skin, and employers will tend to take their side. These jobs aren't exactly the best thing in the world you know; they're often minimum wage, thankless and hard, menial work. Of course all people care about is their service.
#34
bishibashi
Yeeeah suuuure you would :w00t: excuses, excuses - you'd still steal the tenner.

From my experience the "not caring" attitude often comes from treatment by customers and employers, who tend to regard staff as willing slaves. It can take one arsey customer to ruin your whole day/week/month/life if you don't have a thick skin, and employers will tend to take their side. These jobs aren't exactly the best thing in the world you know; they're often minimum wage, thankless and hard, menial work. Of course all people care about is their service.


Yeah it is all i care about.... we all have jobs that we might not enjoy every day and yes one moody customer might ruin our day but we are employed to deliver a serivce and a lot of people these days just dont care.

I dont like the robot monotone "can i help you" voice either but its better than completley blanking you while they talk about who got more drunk last saturday night!
#35
I got "APPROVAL NEEDED" for Becks Blue. Every time. 0% alcohol. Go figure.
#36
Alfonse
NB.

DO NOT let you child lean on the bagging area...............I can tell thee


"Unexpected item in bagging area"
#37
Smaybelline
Yeah it is all i care about.... we all have jobs that we might not enjoy every day and yes one moody customer might ruin our day but we are employed to deliver a serivce and a lot of people these days just dont care.

I dont like the robot monotone "can i help you" voice either but its better than completley blanking you while they talk about who got more drunk last saturday night!


And that attitude is a causal factor, I'm not saying this is the case for all people in those positions, but people you mention are certainly the exception. It's not moody customers, it's people who actually see you as a robot set out to please their whims.

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