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“Walmart shoppers question ‘lost wages’ and ask if they need to ‘claim employment’ on tax returns for doing self-checkout.”

Walmart shoppers are finding humor in their shared frustration over the prevalence of self-checkout lanes at the retail giant. With more stores adopting these automated options to streamline the shopping experience, some customers are playfully pondering if they should claim their time spent at the self-checkout as employment on their tax returns.

On social media platform X, formerly Twitter, Walmart patrons engaged in light-hearted banter about the idea of receiving tax breaks for their self-checkout efforts. One user joked about attending an employee appreciation party, while another suggested earning rewards credits for using self-checkout.

There’s even talk about pushing for an “employee discount” for those who opt for self-checkout lanes. Some shoppers have gone as far as to call for a boycott of self-checkout unless discounts are offered, while others expressed disbelief over Walmart’s decision to experiment with adding associates to oversee self-checkout lanes.

Despite Walmart’s efforts to improve the self-checkout experience by adding associates to assist customers, frustrations persist. TikToker David Washington shared a video from a Walmart in Orlando, Florida, showcasing a seemingly endless line of customers extending all the way to the produce section.

Walmart’s website explains the role of these “Customer Hosts” at self-checkout stations, who are there to guide customers through the process and address any concerns. However, many customers are still experiencing long wait times, leading to growing discontent.

As the debate over self-checkout continues, it’s clear that some Walmart shoppers long for the simplicity of traditional checkout lanes.

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