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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #275: The end of supermarket queues
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    The end of supermarket queues


    THE END OF SUPERMARKET QUEUES
    Experts believe the new checkouts will begin appearing in Australian supermarkets next year.

    There will be 'extra fast' lane without queues. Shoppers will take their basket or trolley of groceries to the self-checkout and scan and pack each item themselves. The grocery bill can then be paid using cards or cash.

    One cashier will oversee at least four of the new checkouts to answer difficulties, check signatures and watch for thieves.

    Every item is scanned and weighed. Groceries are then put in bags.

    Self-checkouts are being made by several companies and are being used in thousands of stores across the United States and Europe.

    Fujitsu Australia general manager Marcus May believes they will start appearing in Australia next year. 'Queues are the things people hate the most.'

    These new checkouts should be popular, but there will be manned checkouts too.
    (2003)



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