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Tesco checks out wording change


Tesco is to change the wording of signs on its fast-track checkouts to avoid any linguistic dispute.


The supermarket giant is to replace its current "10 items or less" notices with signs saying "Up to 10 items".


Tesco's move follows uncertainty over whether the current notices should use "fewer" instead of "less".


The new wording was suggested to Tesco by language watchdog The Plain English Campaign. Tesco said the change would be phased in across its stores.


"Saying up to 10 items is easy to understand and avoids any debate," said a spokesman for The Plain English Campaign.


"Fewer" should be used when you are talking about items that can be counted individually, for example, "fewer than 10 apples".


"Less" is correct when quantities cannot be individually counted in that case, e.g. "I would like less water".


Tesco is the UK's largest supermarket group with 2,106 outlets across the country.

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Nice to see some hard work was used in that :shocked2:

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I don't like them, they just don't seem to work. It always says there's an unexpected item in the bagging area even if there's none.


It doesn't matter. I think fewer is correct but it sounds kinda weird.


You don't have the correct technique, although I prefer the self-service tills where you don't have to keep the stuff in the area, like the old-school checkouts with a large area for the shopping post scanning

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Item 1: If you have a few items which will throw up errors (alcohol or products which security tags) it's best to use the standard checkouts

Item 2: If you have vouchers to use, it's best to use the standard checkouts.

Item 3: If you see your friend on the checkouts looking not busy, it's best to use the standard checkouts to pester your friend :lol:

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I always do that. I use the standard checkouts when I buy vegetables/ fruits too. Still I can't deal with them.


I guess the fact that most supermarkets have a person, who sorts out customer's problems with the self service checkouts kinda tells you that they aren't working too well.

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They need to have a person to make sure kiddies ain't buying booze or when you buy cds/dvds which need taking out of the boxes etc.


In practise it's a cost cutting exercise, instead of having 4 checkout workers working, you can have the 1 worker working.

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