Thought for the day…” The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.”
” Life is not measure by the number of breaths we take, but by the moment that take our breath away”
Recently I was in a supermarket at the checkout, paying for my shopping. It was part of a large chain, and the assistant (who had obviously been instructed to tell all customers) advised me that the shop now had automatic self-service checkouts that I could use. No problem for me of course, as I had my credit card with me, but there was a very good reason NOT to use the self-service checkouts. There were already a row of unmanned, empty checkouts, as staff had been replaced by the self-service checkouts. I politely told the assistant that if everybody used the self-service checkouts, that so many jobs would disappear. They have already disappeared from airports (self-service check-ins), hotels are now going to self-service check-ins (fewer receptionists) and most bank counter staff have been replaced by ATMs. If this trend continues, then huge numbers of people are going to be out of work. So I am continuing to use manned checkouts. It may cause me to wait longer, but it will help to keep people in work. Something to think about.
Off to the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik for the photo today, and some modern apartments outside the city centre. Reykjavik, which means ‘smoky bay’ lies at 64 degrees north and has a population of around 200 000 people. Despite being so far north, more than 100 different nationalities live there.
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