I have tried three times now to record a podcast on my 2019 year in review. I have spent over an hour already and all three attempts were failures. I am now resorting to writing a blog post instead which I hope to record into a podcast episode before the weekend.
2019 was, overall, not the best year it could have been for me and I had hoped that this review of it would be more upbeat but I fear it will be overshadowed by all of the negative things that happened and continue to shadow me into 2020.
Let us begin with a couple things that I did not do during the past couple weeks.
There are two customs that I have done every year for the last couple decades that I did not do this year. The first was the tradition, customs, rituals I guess they are rather where I would lay on the floor and look up into the branches of my Christmas tree, no matter how small, at the various lights and decorations. While I did set up a tree it sat high up on a shelf making it impossible to lay beneath to perform this ritual. I have done it many years since I was a kid, yes, even as an adult, so to not do it this year was unusual, but I did not over think it. It was something different that I tried to start with my daughter, I think I might have done it one year or maybe two before I asked her mother for a divorce.
A second ritual was to welcome in the new year. This is one that was started by my mother way back in the eighties. When the ball dropped and the new year began, she would get up and go to the door, open it up, and no matter how cold it was she would welcome in the new year. I think I was in my early teens when she started this ritual and I carried it with me throughout life. I did it everywhere, Ontario, Ohio, Alberta, even up in Nunavut. I did it last year, albeit a couple hours later than midnight, I think. I seemed to remember watching a movie that took me past midnight and into the new day. This year, however, I did not perform the ritual. I felt, I don’t know, I felt like it was time to shed all the old rituals and routines and try heading in a new direction.
I am not in the celebratory mood really these days it seems. 2019 was a hard year and it continues to haunt me as I mentioned above. There were several life events I should write about that spread across 2019 like a spider web, each time I felt I was passed something another thread caught me up again, some of the good and some of them bad.
My eyes, that is to say, my physical vision, my car accident, again, my nomination as a candidate, and, my diagnosis. Each of these things lasted several months and affected my life greatly in many ways. The first and last listed are something that I will discuss another day because it is still going on and will not be resolved for a couple months, and even then, it will never be completely over with and that is my physical vision and the diagnosis.
So, let me talk about my car accident first. It was June 24 and I was driving home, at dusk, from a meeting down in Goderich. I had recently been selected as a candidate for the People’s Party of Canada in the riding of Huron-Bruce and I was meeting with my new official agent. I was driving my 2005 Dodge Durango that I affectionately referred to as Cassie the Red Bull back up 21.
There was a light rain in the air and the sun had pretty much set below the horizon giving the sky that pre-dark blue gray tint. I made it up to the bend near Nile Road when suddenly there was a flash out of the ditch to my right and a young deer, a yearling, collided with the front of my truck. I was only going about eighty at the time, but it still made a terrible sound, a witness nearby said it sounded like a tire blew out on a passing car. I could hear a grinding sound and scraping as the deer went from the front of my truck and was thrown off to the left spinning away on the asphalt. I managed to control my braking and bring the truck safely to a stop at the side of the highway.
I could hear the engine hissing and straining to keep going and I turned it off just in case there was a risk of a fire starting. I turned on my four way emergency flashers and got out of the truck. A vehicle approached from a nearby house and the driver got out to see if I was okay. He had heard the collision. What transpired next was the way I tell people you can tell who your good friends are and why I dropped CAA as soon as I had the chance to.
The first thing I did was to call the police to report the accident as it was clear from the damage that my truck wasn’t going to make it home. I called the insurance company, CAA, to report the accident. Of course, CAA was completely useless, and I had no insurance coverage – basic liability only. Next, I called roadside assistance, which was, again, CAA. I struggled for several minutes trying to describe where the accident was so they could send a tow truck. To be honest now I can’t remember if it was the insurance agency or the roadside assistance but the person on the phone was not helpful and I had to hand the phone to my friends (who had arrived from over half an hour away) to talk to the dispatch agent.
It is bad enough when you are in an accident than to answer a whole pile of questions that can easily be answered by the person sitting on their butt in an office by looking at a damn map. Even the police officer got on the radio to get a tow truck if CAA couldn’t get it done. I remember the officer was surprised at how incompetent they were in getting the roadside assistance to me efficiently. He waited at the accident scene to make sure they arrived to take the truck away and back to Kincardine (close to home) as opposed to Goderich which was an hour away.
And now you would think that this accident would be where the nightmare began for me on that fateful evening in June, but you would be wrong. No, it began when I requested that my car be towed to, what I thought was, a reputable garage in Kincardine. I had my truck towed there the night of June 24 and the real drama of this accident began a couple days later.
The first was, though short lived, the fact that the insurance company wasn’t about to pay for the towing to Kincardine because I had liability only on the vehicle. I talked to the tow truck driver and told him, and he just said “don’t worry about it” that he would take care of it and I wouldn’t be billed. I mean seriously. I spent literally thousands of dollars on insurance and roadside assistance with CAA and, for the second time, they had fraked me over. Oh, but their level of ignorance gets even worse which I’ll tell you about a little later.
The collision repair shop came back with a quote for several thousand dollars but when I told him that the insurance company wasn’t going to cover it and perhaps I should just have it towed home, after a couple calls and emails, he came back with a quote around $1,800. Since I figured the truck was worth $2,500 even in poor condition, I accepted the lower quote with the understanding that it wouldn’t take more than about a week to make the repairs.
I don’t want to go into all of the drama involved, but let’s just say after losing ten days pay, and having a rental car (which the garage footed the bill for) for a month I finally forced them to finish the work on the truck. I lost a potential $2,500 bid on the truck and ended up selling it for $500 just to keep it from going to the scrap yard. It was worth about $3,500, repaired, according to its’ blue book value. But by that point I was several thousand in the red and had to buy a new car, which I got almost two weeks before the truck was finally repaired and sunk several thousand into that deal as well.
In the end I finished with a loss of about $5,000 but at least I had a new to me car with a hell of a lot better gas mileage and less things to break, or should I say less expensive things to break. I did just break off the antenna on a very cold day, and the rear wiper wiring harness needs replaced, but I can survive without the rear view for now and thanks to Spotify I don’t even need the radio. It still gets one station even with the broken antenna though but the music on that station usually sucks.
All tolled that was my June through into August, but the good thing to come out of it was a station wagon that gets much better gas mileage which proved to be invaluable when it came to driving all over the riding for my election campaign. And, as it turned out, the person who bought the truck was going to store it over the winter, but their vehicle broke down the same week they took possession of my old truck. They are now driving my old truck for the winter which proved to be a wise decision anyways given the all-wheel four-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes and traction control capabilities of the truck, perfect for winter driving conditions.
So, in the end all of the drama associated with the accident and the aftermath did end on a positive note, I guess.
Next, and taking place around the same time as my car accident, was my application, nomination and eventual endorsement officially as a candidate representing the People’s Party of Canada.
The first real mention of our party in Huron-Bruce would have been the article by the Kincardine Record back on March 26, 2019. It was announcing our official forming of our Electoral District Association. I wrote the article and the news re-wrote it into interview format. It was the first and only coverage we would get until June.
When I applied as a candidate, I did not think I would be endorsed. I had been out of politics for some time and my recent comments online were filled with personal bias. I remember receiving a phone call from Headquarters. They talked to me about my application, my experience in politics and questions about what platform issues I was most concerned with. I got an email a short time later that my application had been accepted.
The next article was by the Record again, announcing my acclamation as the People’s Party of Canada federal candidate. It was written June 9 and used a media release I had written as the source. I wonder how many candidates start our as I did with humble articles drafted by themselves. I guess it is a good thing I write articles on a regular basis eh.
I don’t mind, I wish I could do it more often. The next was my campaign launch article which has been re-published and even quoted from by another candidate. That was back on September 19, 2019. As time moved forward, bringing a quick end to summer, we moved into the debates portion of my campaign. The first debate was in Goderich on September 25.
Overall Justin said that I did okay at the debate. I clearly fumbled on the foreign policy question near the end. No one approached me after, oh wait, one guy did, but not the media or other members of the audience. I looked good, at least, writing down a lot of notes. I ended the speeches, the debate rather, with a speech on democracy. It was devoid of any real substance but to an NDP/Liberal leaning audience it did not really matter what I said.
A week later I was the Saugeen Shores debate at The Plex in Port Elgin. I did not like the open mic format. Climate change came up at least four times in questions even though the audience was reminded to try and ask different questions.
It would be interesting to note that our of about twenty people who came to the mic, less than 25 percent were actually concerned with climate change. I got a couple decent pictures of me from the Bayshore article but the most detailed reporting came from the Saugeen Shores hub, and, Shoreline Beacon News. The good thing is that Post Media owns them so the story will no doubt be picked up and shared.
RogersTV had a Meet the Candidates video segment. I was first and I spoke about Canada and summarized our platform. I wish could download it somehow. I think I did okay with it. I looked at my speech a lot but at least I did not tell people how they were tired of mudslinging and then sling mud at the Conservative candidate like Allan Thompson, Liberal, did.
I wrote answers to questions posed by the Kincardine Independent, I think they were publishing them some time that week but I never did get to read it. It helped with my exposure to the small business class in the central riding.
We held several meetings over the past year and near the end of the campaign we had “meet the candidate” gatherings in Goderich and Kincardine. I am a bit disappointed we dd not have a meeting or enough exposure over Walkerton way. And not attending debates in Teeswater or Holmesville probably did not help my campaign.
I volunteered to drop off some campaign material at a school in Clinton early in the afternoon of the 10th. I then had to go to another strategy meeting in Goderich that evening, so I did not make it to the Holmesville debate. I had a call from a supporter early in the day, and a call from one the day before. And, on the 10th, someone just approached my at the beach because they saw the signs in my car. We sat and talked for a few minutes about the election and the importance of Canadians to get out and vote.
It is coincidence perhaps, that after the phone call earlier in the day, I looked to the heavens and told god how I needed to be a Member of Parliament not for personal gain but to save our nation. And then along comes someone at random who supports our fight for Canada and mentioned the need for god in our lives at least half a dozen times.
It was just a couple days before the election and breaking news dropped a bomb on the Scheer camp. Allegedly, Andrew Scheer and Hamish Marshall hired the Warren Kinsella Foundation to discredit Bernier and paint the PPC as racists. I did not see any of that before because Kinsella blocked me months ago after I called him out on something Frank Vaughan brought up as a false story that Kinsella supporter. If I remember correctly. Kinsella blocking me bothered me about as much as Michelle Rempel blocking me did which is to say not at all.
I think it was about a week before the election, perhaps even just a few days, that I did an interview in Goderich for a local production company. I wonder if the links to all of these still work on my personal website. I will have to check them some day soon when I have time.
As you know, the PPC, Maxime Bernier, and I, lost the election. I did have an impressive showing though of 1,102 votes or 1.8 percent of the votes. Not bad for a nobody from a new Party who spent only about $3,500 or so on the campaign.
So that sums up a couple of the events of my 2019, I will have to save the story of my vision for another day because it is very late and I need to get something into print on my website.
My Facebook reaction to this ad: https://nypost.com/2019/10/08/cbs-bbc-america-ban-tv-ad-that-depicts-menstruating-men/
But second, the only ones who young girls not properly educated on the biology of it (either by the fault of their parents or the education system), and, those messed up mentally into believing they are female when they are not. I wonder if that's the plan here? To further the mental manipulation of children who are being told it's okay to "think" you are a girl even though you are a boy.
And hey look for those guys who have been brainwashed into thinking they are girls here's a commercial to make you feel more comfortable about something that isn't natural and twenty years from now you'll be seeking therapy on for the rest of your life.
This ranks as #2 behind that horrid toxic masculinity garbage spewed out by Gillette earlier this year. I wonder if it was the same marketing morons who came up with it? I wonder if Jessica Yaniv works for this advertising firm?
If we weren't so horribly messed up in our sense of reality and trying to make boys into girls and girls into boys young people today wouldn't be so damned confused to think we would even need a commercial like this.
Let's say this was targeting real boys and men. You know what? We don't care! We know that girls and women get their periods and so what. And that scene with the couple making out? I mean seriously, how many women do you know want to get "involved" when their bodies are going through that time of the month. Just, umm no.
My guess would be though that this rather fraked up commercial takes aim at the first theory that we are somehow trying to make periods experienced by both girls and umm males.
But the point made “Would we be able to talk openly about them, without shame? Half the population does have a period, and we want to broaden the conversation to everyone, no period required.” Umm, why the frak would we need to??
What kind of twisted idiot feels that periods or menstruation should need to be openly discussed and normalized (more than it already is, after all, 50% of the population know it happens personally and part of the other 50% will hear about it at some point - probably on one of their first near intimate encounters with their girlfriends').
What shall we normalize next as we sit in the local coffee shop talking over our double-doubles? How about wetting the bed, male masturbation, or maybe women who fantasize about making out with that other really cute woman at work? I think that last one might have its' own website though.
And all this to advertise underwear? Remember the olden days when people (girls/women) were intelligent enough to know they needed ways to better... contain their periods and that hey, just putting it on the ad somewhere in writing would be enough? So it's a pair of underwear that protects the outside world, ie clothing, bedsheets, etc, while on your period (sorry for the blunt description but there it is). So, just say that?
Our society is getting royally fraked up. It's sad when only ABC, CBS, and BBC seem to see that and reject it outright. It did, apparently air on Bravo, Oxygen, MTV, BET and VH1 which, in the end, isn't really saying much if you know those networks at all.
What's next pregnancy ads depicting men as pregnant in awkward situations like high schools, or maybe dressed as nuns? This nonsense is why I don't watch ads (normally) or regular television anymore.
This is a Facebook response to a segment of this video where Christina Hoff Sommers talks about "male privilege" at 7:35 minutes in the video. She is absolutely correct and I'll add to it. This is the full length video where Sommers talks about the corruption of "feminism" in our modern times. "Christina Hoff Sommers | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)"
More women are being hired these days vs men to meet quotas (and I mean in real jobs not retail, though if you note the majority of cashiers/customer services/office admin have been and continue to be women, whereas men who are hired tend to be placed in areas like receiving or stocking positions). I personally could care less, if they have the qualifications and experience to do the job then so be it, man or woman,
I was turned down for a job 3 years ago, the district manager said I wasn't suited for the position. The store manager disclosed to me that it was likely because I was a man and the DM only hired women. You didn't see me run out and file a sexual discrimination lawsuit did you? Sometimes you get rejected and you need to just move on.
more women appear to be publicly offered grants and loans to start or support their small businesses than men (just look at the womens business day events, womens small business support groups, women in small business, and on and on and on, screw the men who have been and continue to support the community eh),
more women are believed (at first impression) than a man in an accusation of inappropriate sexual behavior (example Patrick Brown, and others). Notice how when the truth came out about the accusations against Brown became public the story was quickly buried by mainstream media.
And nowadays men must live in constant fear that a relationship they had 20 years ago will come back to haunt them today. How many women out there do you see being accused of inappropriate behaviour in their past and having their reputations and lives dragged through the mud?
That being said, I believe that in the past there were men who used their position to gain sexual favours from women in exchange for better pay or position (though the story of Erin Brockovich proves that it worked both ways). It wasn't right, but you can't go back now and dig up every time in your past you were rejected and make a big deal out of it today.
more men are expected to succeed in all aspects of life (work and home) than women - not perform, succeed, A woman who fails is viewed as needing more help whereas a man is viewed as a failure to himself and those he supports,
there are shelters and protection for women in abusive situations but people rarely hear of or believe that men can be in abusive situations as well, (physical and mental abuse appears to apply only to women, apparently, according to most media, men can not suffer mental abuse from a woman).
I won't financially support "women's shelters". I believe men should be offered shelter equally and for every womens shelter built in Ontario there should be a mens shelter built, at the same time, somewhere in Ontario. I support "human rights" in regards to a relationship that both men and women deserve to be treated fairly and equally. Abuse is not good if you are a man or a woman.
a minority of women complain they are discriminated against yet don't attempt to apply for the higher-paying jobs (noted at the end of the video),
I found that commercial on the radio about "more women are dying of heart disease than ever before". Yes... that's because more women are working in the fields and working to the level expected by men in the past. And as a result more women are dying of the things that traditionally killed more men in the past. With equal pay and equal rights comes equal opportunity for serious health issues and an early death.
an equal amount of women were placed in the 2015 Trudeauland government not because they were qualified through experience but simply because they were women (I believe a Federal cabinet position should be based on your experience, not your sexual organs),
and the latest, the Trudeauland government wants to give women (not men) money to participate in politics and become candidates (so much for equality in opportunity). It is not "easy" for all men to participate in politics simply because they are men and this upcoming program discriminates against men in yet another field - worse, it affects our democracy where everyone is supposed to have equal opportunity to represent our nation.
These comments were in response to an original story published by CTV. They have since revised the original story to make the corporation appear to have done the right thing right away and take the sign down. It was then revised to appear the restaurant had reacted immediately and added in their little pitch about being all about community.
This action only occurred after substantial backlash from customers, the community and social media.
Let me point out the I do not like this new style of "revisionist reporting" that media has taken on. We all reacted to the original story which is what reporting the news is meant to do - incite public reaction. However, CTV has now completely altered the story (at the original link) to reflect that the sign was taken down. So why not write a NEW story with a NEW link, and link it at the bottom of the old story? This type of reporting is not responsible and implies an attempt to re-write the past rather than to learn from it.
Why is it that on Facebook when you make an Edit to something you said ALL of the edits are available for someone else to read and criticize and yet the media is not required to do the same thing with reporting? It is bad enough to revise the original story at all (within the original story!) but if they do we should be shown all of the edited/revised portions made.
My comments are in response to both the original story and the revised version: https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/mobile/news/controversial-sign-at-ottawa-tim-hortons-taken-down-1.4730387
That's what happens when the Yanks take over a Canadian chain. Well, hope they don't want customers because they'll probably lose all their regulars. Most business for McDonalds I guess eh. If it's a matter of homeless hanging around then you should work with the city to find them somewhere else to go. This banning/arresting the homeless because the citizens of the city have Failed them is a pathetic copout to addressing the real problem.
This would have been a great PR opportunity for Tim Hortons to work and promote ending homelessness in Ottawa and instead they are one of the evil corporations that are part of the problem not the solution.
Seriously WTF! Can people not look at a photo of the sky without seeing conspiracy theories!? Good god, enough already! It's just bloody contrails from the thousands of planes flying overhead. It's not a damn chemical drop every single time!
The ones who look at crisscrossed contrails in the sky in a photo from their backyard and say things like "these are chemtrails, it's a conspiracy to poison us. I know this because twenty years ago you never saw these many chemtrails in the sky like this here!"...
Well, yes, because 20 years ago we had hundreds of planes in the sky, now we have tens of thousands flying to all points... so you will see more trails now than you did 20 years ago. Maybe if you spent less time in your tinfoil hats watching Alex Jones on the internet and more time doing actual research you'd know this. (google "How many planes are flying over the US right now") "Depending on the time of day or time of year, there could be anywhere from 8,000 to 20,000 planes mid-flight at any given moment, according to Flightradar24, which keeps track of flights in real-time."
But some simply don't get it. they seem to think there is the same number of planes up there today as there was 20 or 30 or 40 years ago.
Do you even know what cloud seeding is? It is done from low altitudes and smaller planes. Alberta, for example, has been doing it since 2014. I know this because it was in the newspaper back then. They started doing it after the big hailstorms that caused millions in damages.
How effective do you really think a chemical dumped at 35,000 feet is going to be on the population immediately below? Absolutely none! It will travel hundreds of kilometers before it even reaches the ground.
Getting you to waste time on conspiracy theories like this takes your focus away from the very realities that are taking place right under your noses. Wake up.
I had a discussion with someone who had stage 4 cancer. I told them that I did not believe we will ever find a cure for cancer. They asked me why and I said: "as long as we keep eating garbage and poisoning our bodies cancer will continue".
Look at cancer patients. What is the first thing they do when you are diagnosed with cancer? Change your lifestyle and change your eating habits.
The problem is, eating junk food is more convenient and affordable than eating healthy. And when I say "junk food" I don't just mean things like pop and chips. I mean processed foods, unhealthy fat, sugars, and salt.
If you look at, for example, Albertans who are struggling to make ends meet and pay the necessities like rent and hydro it's a matter of $1.79 for a 2 litre of pop versus $2.99 for a 2 litre of orange juice. Money plays a big role too.
And I include "foreign foods" into this. Too many foods now are subject to things like e-coli and chemical enhancement, two things that would not happen if the produce was picked locally.
True, you can't get fresh oranges to grow in Southern Ontario in December but there are many things that used to be grown here in the spring-fall that are now arriving on our grocery shelves from foreign countries.
I believe that all products, including those fresh made like bakery, should include not only a clear list of ingredients but, in the case of mixed ingredient items, in brackets the country of origin of those items. Let's say a product that has several ingredients, a fruitful cookie, okay, orange USA), cranberry (Canada), raisins (USA) produced in USA. So not only do we know where it was created but we know where the parts came from.
How can we expect people to eat healthy and avoid bad things when people don't know what the bad things are? We need to educate people not on foods to avoid but what all those nasty things are in that cookie and why some of it really doesn't need to be there.
And then, lifestyle, how many of us including myself go out for daily walks (yes, even when it is cold)?
How many people still open a window when the air is cool and fresh on a normal hot summer day versus using their air conditioners and lock themselves up in their homes?
How many of us are sitting on the computer right now reading the news and instead of meeting with friends over coffee to discuss it we just hit the Share button?
Change of diet and change of lifestyle. Why do we all wait until we are sick, pregnant or motivated by terminal illness to change our lives for the better?
Response on Facebook to this article: https://www.kincardinenews.com/news/local-news/monthly-unemployment-rate
The Unemployment rate for this area is only 2.4% makes you wonder why people are still drawing social assistance (welfare) in this area.
Many employers are desperate for workers and while they don't pay a "living wage" (usually only $14/hr vs the $19/hr needed to live independently around here) if you really wanted to work you'd take that cashier job wouldn't you?
Single unemployed young people in Alberta should consider moving to Ontario. Who cares about taxes and politics when it's about providing a life for yourself or possibly your family? We have jobs everywhere from collecting garbage (not that that is at the "bottom" of the list, but anyways) to running a nuclear power plant. Now is the time to think about your future and not just your address.
Response on Facebook to this article in Ontario, Canada https://www.ctvnews.ca/business/ont-man-denied-10-002-jackpot-over-casino-self-exclusion-rule-1.3306039
So if there is a self-exclusion rule, a system they imposed to prevent gambling abuse AND the lottery still allowed him into the casino to play doesn't that mean they violated the contract they'd created between the player and the casino?
As soon as they accepted his money into the machine they broke their agreement. In fact, by doing so they enabled a gambler to abuse gambling, the very thing they claim to be vigilant in preventing.
I'd sue the casino for $50,000 for violating the contract and for failing to clearly post the rules of self-exclusion at the door (and I mean a big a$$ sign not some little note behind the counter) plus allowing me to play while the self-exclusion contract was in effect (which they clearly knew about).
Response on Facebook to this inaccurate article written in Chicago Tribune: https://www.chicagotribune.com/midwest/ct-lake-huron-nuclear-waste-20191208-7swbertipjf53dn7f6kn653t7i-story.html
This article is not accurate.
Let me say before I begin that I do not support the nuclear waste dump facility being built here, but on that, inaccuracies in an article rooting for my side do not help.
First, "South Bruce" and "Huron-Kinloss" are two different areas. If it is "South Bruce" it's farther away from that the originally proposed site at the nuclear plant west of Tiverton, Ontario (where the second-largest nuclear facility in the World sits now) https://www.nwmo.ca/~/media/Site/Files/PDFs/2019/05/02/13/24/The-Land-Access-Process-Mapping-Areas-of-Interest.ashx?la=en
Second, it's hardly a race at this point, the two (actually 3) communities have been the "proposed" sites for over a year now, both are under review. I guess if you want to make a sort of twisted fun game out of it you can call it a race.
Third, "a long process" doesn't remain. In fact, it's in the final stages now. Granted the final stages will still take several years but where was the Chicago Tribune when this was first announced over 5 years ago?
And while I appreciate their efforts "spent fuel rods" are considered "high-level nuclear waste" and this storage facility proposed will only store "low and intermediate nuclear waste".
What they fail to realize that "nuclear waste" is being transported each and every day from the four nuclear plants in Ontario. The bad thing about this proposal is the increase in local UNITED STATES generated nuclear waste which could now be delivered to Canada to be stored in the proposed site (if it's here in SW Ontario).
Let's try to keep our eye on the Facts.
The actual proposal today: https://www.nwmo.ca/en/A-Safe-Approach/Facilities/Deep-Geological-Repository
OPG write up: https://www.opg.com/strengthening-the-economy/our-projects/the-deep-geologic-repository/
Areas which are no longer being considered: https://www.nwmo.ca/en/Site-selection/Study-Areas/Areas-No-Longer-Being-Studied
A cashier costs more than a self-checkout per transaction. However, a self-checkout costs far more upfront than a cashier.
A cashier is an active theft of product deterrent and will save the company money in the long run, whereas a self-checkout expects the customer to be honest. Not all customers are but then not all cashiers are either.
Customers like the human approach and prefer a live person over a machine, however, when line-ups occur people tend to opt for the faster way out of the store and some believe that involves serving themselves.
Self-checkouts don't offer discounts or rebates for using them and saving the company money, but then, in many stores, humans tend to slow down the process of harassing customers with things like credit card offers and discount card enrolments.
In many instances, retailers are turning to self-checkouts not because they are cheaper but because they just can't find the labour. $14/hr or $20/hr fewer people these days want to be cashiers. Don't think so? How many people on unemployment rush out to get a job working in retail as a cashier just to get off EI. Many will opt for drawing EI over standing on their feet most of the day dealing with irritated people who wonder why the store stopped giving out rainchecks in 2004.
As for the retail stores getting them because the government raises the minimum wage - sorry, that's false. While it seems to correspond with wage increases self-checkouts in retail stores have been in place for a couple years now, long before minimum wage made its a recent jump. Self-checkouts first became popular as line busters, reducing long line ups and opting people to choose their own speed at which they leave the store.
People like convenience, self serve banking, self serve gas pumps, and self serve pop machines in retail stores that sell an aisle full of every pop/soda you can imagine. People like convenience and in a time of online shopping and mobile banking people want their checkouts to be as fast as their smartphones.
However, what retailers didn't understand is that many people also like human interaction and some being able to talk to another person as they leave the store.
In the end, if you want stores to stop installing self-checkouts you have to do one of two things.
1) stop using them, and,
2) teach your kids it's okay to be a simple cashier if it means providing for your family.and paying your own way in life.
Who am I? Well, I've been in retail for over 30 years now so, while I'm no expert, I do know a thing or two.