No More Waiting in the Checkout Line

It might look a little intimidating at first, especially if you're not computer friendly, but K-Mart customers found the self checkout to be easy.

"No, it is not difficult and that's nice, it makes things a lot faster," says one customer.

The Long Beach store is the only one on the Coast with the new technology. The self checkout works just like the regular checkout, and customers can use cash, credit card or check. Sales clerks are on hand to help. As each item is scanned, the computer tells you how much it cost.

One customer says, "I thought it was kind of fun once you got used to it. It was like, hey this is cool. I can do something."

Another man says, "It brings me back to my college days when I worked in a supermarket."

The store manager says they want to make shopping more convenient for customers.

"So many times you hear people say, 'I just want to run in on my lunch hour or something, pick up one or two things and don't want to have to wait in line.' They can come through in just moments just check themselves out and be on their way," says Paul McElveen.

If you're used to the old fashioned way of paying for your merchandise, a cashier is waiting to check you out.

McElveen says, "We haven't eliminated anybody's position. We still have our traditional checkouts over here where you can check out if you prefer. Once again, it's a matter of choice, a matter of convenience for the customer."

McElveen says so far, the self checkout is a big success, and he expects K-mart to offer it in its other South Mississippi stores.