Well, tonight the machine did a weird thing. It randomly stopped me from being able to scan and the screen said that a cashier had been notified to assist me. I know that the machines have sensors and stuff designed to prevent cheating, but I had just been scanning as normal and putting stuff in the bag carousel. I didn't have anything requiring ID, no produce, nothing tricky. So this holdup was a bit annoying.
Once this screen popped up, I looked toward the cashier station. No cashier in sight. No other employees in sight. This Kroger is chronically understaffed, so I prepared to wait. After a couple of minutes, the cashier came back and cleared the hold. Yay! On my way out, I noticed that she was holding scratch-off lotto tickets in her hand. As I walked out, I saw the scratch-off vending machine and realized that that's where she must have been.
I find it hard to believe that this chick couldn't wait until the end of her shift to buy her tickets. It's a vending machine and a 24-hour Kroger...the tickets aren't going anywhere! Way to have priorities, huh?