An Asda shopper has found a way to dodge all the queues at the tills in his local branch – and it’s completely within the rules.
Tom Haynes was frustrated by the lack of social distancing when queueing up to pay, so thought he’d try out one of the new initiatives brought in.
“Whether checkout or self-service, most people will stick to a trolley-length distance of separation, but no further, and if you ask the person behind you to move you’ll most likely be laughed at,” Tom said.
“This isn’t the fault of supermarket workers, who honestly have enough to be dealing with without telling people to pull their mask out from under their chin and over their face every two minutes.
“Truthfully, we have only ourselves to blame for the collapse of social distancing in supermarkets.”
But that doesn’t mean you have to just accept the fact.
Tom said: “Did you know that there’s a secret hack at Asda which will let you skip the whole queue?
“Of course you didn’t, because if you did I wouldn’t have been able to take so many pictures of queues stretching down the aisles of Asda’s behemoth store on Old Kent Road.
“Now I don’t want to do Asda’s PR for them, but this hack is so in front of people’s faces I want to shout it from the rooftops.
“Take my hand, dear reader, and I’ll introduce you to something that won’t ever let you down: Scan and Go.”
But despite the benefits, the service is still under-used.
Tom said: “Scan and Go is hard to miss, since there are adverts for it everywhere, and yet every time I go to Asda no one is using it and I can only ask: Why?”
To use it all you need is an Asda account and a smartphone with a camera.
“In S&G’s early days they had these wicked laser guns you could scan stuff with, and they were cool but the ability to sort everything from your phone is safer Covid-wise and is more widely accessible,” Tom explained.
“All you have to do is scan your items as you go around the shop and whack them in your basket.”
You just need to remember one thing.
“At the end of your shop you can sail straight to a Scan and Go stand (with, I repeat, zero queueing) and scan a bar code on a screen which immediately processes all your items,” Tom said.
“You might get spot-checked but it’s no big deal. You can then bag up all your stuff and head right out.
“I highly recommend taking your receipt, because if the doors go off you’ll find no record of purchase on your phone (honestly this is the only thing the app is missing – Asda, sort it out).”
And once you’re set up, it’s goodbye queues.
“The best bit of Scanning and Going is watching the self-service truthers try and use the machine only to be told by exasperated shop workers that they need to have followed the above steps,” Tom said.
“I can confidently say living the Scan and Go life has been the best decision I’ve ever made – it’s earned me back hours and hours of my life.”