The usage of tech to harass shoppers now includes a grocery store chain, Safeway, to put up barrier gates to prevent you from exiting self-checkout unless you scan your receipt. Mind you, this idea of having us work for the stores, and then be subjected to this type of guilty as charged atmosphere is going to get worse. My patience is getting a little overworked with this “novel new approach”. With the reduction in cashiers and staff, and the increase in profits, I grow weary. I don’t work for you. Therefore, you don’t get to check my work, frisk me down, inspect my belongings which I already paid for, unless you want to accuse me of something.

Safeway has installed receipt-scanning gates at some Safeway stores in California. The gates are already common in the UK but have faced criticism.