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The burning question*: Self-service checkouts - evil or not?

This and every Monday, let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)

WE KNOW HOW you feel. The week looms ahead and you have a lot on your plate.

So do like we do here in HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing questions…

This week: Self-service checkouts have become a staple of supermarket shopping. But how do you feel about them? Hate them because you always get stuck behind the person who can’t use them/hate the automated voice etc.? Or are they the best thing in supermarkets since… sliced bread (aisle three)?

Are self-service checkouts…

A. Evil, or…

(Jay Gooby/Flickr)

B. Brilliant

(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

What do you think: Self-service checkout are…

Poll Results:

C - Just okay (1041)
B - Super (927)
A - Evil (610)
D - Can't we all just get along? (127)

By the way, we want you to tell us what burning question divides your household/work colleagues/friends. Let us know in the comments section or email us at tips[at]

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