A NEW proposal would ban the sale of alcohol at self-service checkouts in Massachusetts.
It comes after Walmart shoppers were disgusted by the launch of even more self-checkouts at their local stores.
On November 8th, voters will go to the polls in the midterm elections and vote to change state laws — including decisions on self-checkout laws.
In Massachusetts, voters will find on their ballot that question three will ask about state liquor licenses.
The potential bill will double the amount of wine or beer a company or individual can own and reduce the number of spirits licenses from nine to seven.
If a store already has seven licenses, they will be carried over.
It will also criminalize liquor self-checkout kiosks, allow vendors to obtain ID to purchase alcohol out of state, and increase fines.
“A yes vote certainly increases consumer convenience in a way that supports local businesses across the state,” said Robert Mellion, co-author of question three and Executive General Counsel of the Massachusetts Package Stores Association.
If you vote “No,” the applicable law will remain in effect.
The MPSA believes it will give independent stores the same opportunity to sell spirits.
“We don’t have that money, we’re counting on the base, we’re counting on people understanding Question 3 and understanding it’s coming from their local business that wants this.”
The 21st Century Alcohol Reform Committee also argues that the self-checkout ban will improve public safety and encourage “vigilance” from retailers.
However, Food Stores for Consumer Choice has branded the bill an “incomplete solution to a complex problem”.
“This flawed approach favors special interests in the alcohol industry at the expense of cash-strapped consumers and their favorite local retailers,” the committee wrote in the voter’s guide.
“We earn more.”
It comes as self-checkout continues to cause problems for shoppers across the country.
The Sun recently reported that shoppers were furious after noticing that Walmart was replacing its checkout machines with four new self-service checkouts.
Customer Sheila Dee ranted in a TikTok video after showing up at her busy local supermarket.
In the video, you can see tons of shoppers scanning their groceries at the self-checkouts while a few Walmart employees oversee the area — only one worker was actively looking at the machines.
Sheila wrote in the video, “We ALL work at Walmart now!!” followed by a face palm emoji.
In the video’s caption, Sheila explained that the North Olmsted, Ohio retailer removed all but four of the checkouts and replaced them with self-service checkouts.
Sheila said: “I had an overflowing shopping cart today! And I had to scan and pack everything?
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