The Cooperative's Q&A machine pushes our buttons
Since our local Sainsbury's regenerated into The Co-operative, customers have been subjected to a variety of questions by the supermarket's CHIP & PIN machine. It's nothing hilarious or overtly sinister, just bizarre - we don't recall seeing it in other stores, just The Co-operative. This was the most recent question:
Even if we had known the answer, we don't care for pressing random buttons on a machine that charges us money. It turns out the Co-operative is currently running a promotion concerning Tetra Pak. Sexy. The message no doubt serves to reinforce your choice of supermarket, because you've aligned yourself with a responsible business. Well, sort of.
It's certainly not the oddest question these machines have asked customers; that occurred a couple of months ago, when the device enquired:
"Are you worried about the bees?"
Eh? We only went in for two pints of milk, what does that have to do with anything? It's because the Co-operative has a touchy-feely social initiative to engender itself to the public (bizarrely involving swarms of winged insects that sting people) to "help save the bees". Part of the campaign is "calling for a systematic review of the impact of pesticides", despite admitting "no-one knows for certain what is causing bee losses". Right, makes perfect sense.
Every visit, we now look forward to our nonsensical / bizarre / depressingly mundane statement, hoping it's one preposterous enough to top the bee question. We haven't seen any other retailers bastardising their payment terminal in this way, but let us know which do and what they want to know from you.