Dutch Grocery Store Introduces "Chat Checkout" for People Who Want To Talk With The Cashier: Jumbo, the Dutch supermarket chain, announced that they will be opening 200 "kletskassa" or chat registers across the Netherlands and Belgium. The checkouts are specifically marked as "kletskassa" for customers who want to chat with the cashier as they checkout.
I can imagine that for many lonely and isolated people, these checkouts where small talk is welcomed and encouraged will be a wonderful lifeline.
And for those who do not want to talk to anyone, they know which lines to avoid!
Win win all around I think!