Most larger stores these days offer shoppers the option of checking themselves out or using a traditional human cashier.

Both systems have their supporters among the shopping public, according to posts on social media.

People who like traditional cashers say it shouldn't be the customer's job to ring up sales. They also like interacting with a real human being and say automated checkouts take jobs away from people. Some folks also maintain that automated checkout machines are prone to errors and can be difficult to use.

But those who use the self-checkout say it's faster and easier, and the lines are usually shorter at the automated checkout stations. Some self-checkout fans say it's easier for the hearing impaired, and some people would just as soon not make small talk with the cashiers.

So which do you prefer? Or does it even matter? Take our poll and give us your opinion.

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