At the self-checkout, you scan your own groceries, bag them yourself, load them in your cart, process your own payment, grab your receipt, and usually saunter off without a "have a nice day." And now, somewhere in the process, the payment kiosk will often encourage you to donate money to a charity. Not surprisingly, shoppers are fed up.
In a viral TikTok video, user @pinkypatelofficial discusses the absurdity of big box stores like Walmart and Target asking for donations at self-checkout kiosks, noting that when she uses those checkout lanes, she isn't bothering employees and she's not getting paid to basically do the job of a cashier, either.
Big box stores, as the TikToker points out, have about "10 billion dollars more" than she does. And if those stores can't — or won't — cut the charities they're promoting via self-checkout screens a check, they shouldn't ask their customers to chip in, either.
Plus, as one commenter pointed out: "Not to mention THEY get the tax write-off for the charity donation, not you. So if you want to donate, do it directly to the charity." Another comment shared a bright idea we're fairly certain the likes of Walmart and Target would never go for: "They should donate for every time someone goes through the self checkout!!!!!"
TikTokers aren't the only ones tired of the donation-ask bombardment. A recent Reddit thread
titled, "Yeah. What’s up with the self-checkout lately?" includes a picture that says, "I f***ing hate grocery store checkout screens asking me if I want to donate $20 to end child hunger or whatever. You're a $10 billion corporation. I'm using a coupon to get 50 cents off a bag of potatoes. Why don't YOU donate to end child hunger?"
Hammer, meet the nail, directly on the head.