Sirena: First Dominican Stores with Auto Checkout

NALs

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You are all missing the obvious.: How on earth would we cook rice --- twice a day, every single day ---- without the emblematic plastic bag ?
More important, a quick female hair cover from sudden rain... It must be bad you spend all that time in a salon only to me drenched by a sudden out-of-nowhere rain shower as soon that you leave.
 
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AlterEgo

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You are all missing the obvious.: How on earth would we cook rice --- twice a day, every single day ---- without the emblematic plastic bag ?

I cringe every time I see that done, thankfully no one in our family does that.

There’s a guy on instagram and facebook who cooks Dominican food live, all over DR. He uses banana/platano leaves as a pot topper on the fogon.
 

josh2203

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Trash pickup is one of our biggest complaints. There is no regular pickup, they show up when they want. If you put bags outside the gate, dogs will shred, if you put out in a barrel, someone will steal the barrel. So the alcalde, who lives across the road, told us we have to pay for pickup. So we did. They still didn’t come. So we do what everyone else does. We burn it. 🤬
I don't know who did and what, but where we lived, the junta de vecinos was apparently pretty d**m strong as they in fact somehow had the POP trash pickup service under control. When we first moved in 2017, we had to take our garbage with a car to these trash cans pretty far away. Reason for that was that they had the garbage cans close by, but it did not in fact get picked up. After a while, next to these only trashcans, a new development rose, and apparently, someone powerful ordered the trashcans to disappear. So there were 100-200 of people who potentially would not have anywhere to take their garbage anymore. Someone did something (it had to do with the junta de vecinos as their vice president was our neighbor, and he was in charge of organizing everything) and suddenly we had a reliable (not at first) garbage pick up on all streets of the development 3 times a week. There were times when the truck did not show up, then the vice made phone calls and they resumed pretty quickly...

We did not pay one peso to anyone for this service as such, garbage generally as a service was included in the maintenance fee. Although there were practically no street dogs (aside from the 4-5 on the main street that one neighbor fed), we really only put the garbage on the street the same day the truck passed.

What I find interesting in what AE said above, is that the alcalde himself told them to pay for garbage pickup... That should be a municipal service... Has always been no matter where we have lived in the DR... Never paid anything additional for this...
 

malko

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Trash pickup is one of our biggest complaints. There is no regular pickup, they show up when they want. If you put bags outside the gate, dogs will shred, if you put out in a barrel, someone will steal the barrel. So the alcalde, who lives across the road, told us we have to pay for pickup. So we did. They still didn’t come. So we do what everyone else does. We burn it. 🤬


It used to be of great concern to me, however, a few years ago, a scheduled garbage pick up was introduced.

Some people still burned their garbage, but as time went buy, they got used to the garbage pick up---- thank God.

Barrels used to disappear, or so I heard, as they are great for collecting water ( the big blue barrels ).
The solution is to drill holes in the bottom, and on the sides ( so people can see the holes 😆).
Double positive effect : the barrels are useless for collecting water ( so nobody steals them ) and if it rains the garbage infested water doesn't pool in the bottom of your barrel !
 

JD Jones

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When I lived in Arroyo Hondo, we were supposed to pay for garbage pickup. They never came by, so I went to the office to complain.
The lady in charge told me we had to pay, and if we didn't, they wouldn't pick up our garbage.
I told her I'd start paying when they started collections.
 

Tom0910

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I am in Manizales Colombia at the moment and they have recently installed a handful of self checkout machines in the large Exito store here. I was shopping there today and there was nobody using them and the lineups at the conventional cashiers were long so I decided to use one. I tried to use it and I kept getting an error on the screen. A nice woman came over and she didn't have a clue on how to use the machine let alone clear an error message. If Colombia who is head and shoulders ahead of the DR in every way can't make them work then Dominicans have zero chance,just sayin'....
 
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Ecoman1949

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Some major chain stores in Canada are getting rid of the self checkouts for many reasons, a significant increase in theft being the main reason and the staff required to try and prevent it. One of the staff at the grocery store I shop at told me about one individual who would peel the UPC sticker from a cheap cut of meat and place it over the sticker on a prime rib roast. He did that with several high priced items. Doesn't matter what kind of technology you introduce, people will find a way to scam it.

Some of our major hardware and building supply stores aren’t installing self checkouts. They’re not a good fit for their type of merchandise. Imagine trying to carry a 4x8 sheet of plywood through self checkout.
 

windeguy

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Self checkouts were popular on my latest US trip last week, but then I use credit cards in the USA.

Here in the DR, I hope they don't happen exclusively because I pay in cash.