As usual, this invention came to me when I was in the grocery store.
Once again, everyone had their stupid juice before reporting to work this morning, so the aisles were full of pallets, there were no bags in the produce section, and none of the self check lines were open. Sheesh. You'd think someone had disrupted the time-space continuum today or something. Oh wait - well, nevermind.
Anyway, as I stood in the mile long line for the express lane, and the howler monkey children of Mr. Oblivious behind me crawled all over my cart and my back, I had a flash of inspiration.
You know that everyone's pet peeve is the express lane loser with 17 items acting innocent under the 10 items only sign, right?
Well since we have scanners, why don't we use them for something other than a shockingly loud beep?
Here's my idea.
Each time an item is scanned, it's added to the express lane tally. Once the number of items allowed in that lane is exceeded, a red police light on top of the lane starts flashing, a police style siren sounds and a loud, recorded voice comes over the store loudspeaker saying "MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ITEMS EXCEEDED ON EXPRESS LANE NUMBER TWO. MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ITEMS EXCEEDED ON EXPRESS LANE NUMBER TWO." Over and over, like the voice of Big Brother in 1984, the shaming message will be bellowed until a manager arrives at the lane, scoops up all the items over the allotted number and flings them into a restocking bin to be put back on the shelf. The offender gets one of those fluorescent orange round stickers they put on your Coke boxes unceremoniously stuck on his shirt so that people in the parking lot will recognize him as an Express Lane Transgressor and shake their heads and mutter at him on the way into the store.
I'd be ever so grateful for such technology.
Speaking of grateful, I'm grateful that Holly posted this awesome telescoping image technique (not to be confused with the telescoping card technique) for the Try a New Technique challenge.
I was a wee bit of a rebel and alternated colors on mine, but I really like the way it turned out!
Stamps: Leaves of a Tree, Always Thankful Ink: Basic Black, Poppy Parade, Summer Sun Paper: Whisper White, Domestic Goddess DSP Accessories: Rhinestones, corner rounder, Circle die, Circle punches
Snazzy, eh? I need to try this with images for coloring and with larger stamps - it's really fun.
What are you peeps up to today? I hope that you plan to head for the grocery store. I also hope you snicker to yourself in the checkout line, picturing the siren and the red flashing light. :)