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End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis For American Cashiers

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Automatic grocery store

The Keedoozle automatic grocery store, with a customer using the key to select products she wishes to purchase.

Credit: Francis Miller/The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images

The day before a fully automated grocery store opened its doors in 1939, the inventor Clarence Saunders took out a full page advertisement in the Memphis Press-Scimitar warning "old duds" with "cobwebby brains" to keep away.

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