From The Mainichi
July 11 2020
YUKUHASHI, Fukuoka — A project in which a checkout counter is reserved for older and disabled customers to allow them to pay for their groceries slowly and without feeling pressured has been launched at a supermarket in this southwestern Japan city from July 8.
Staff at the Minami-Yukuhashi branch of the Youme Town supermarket chain hope that older people will be able to shop with peace of mind, and that others customers will become more considerate of people who take time to pay.
The “Slow Register” campaign was proposed by Kaori Abe, 53, who runs a city-based nonprofit organization that supports the elderly and people with disabilities. The idea came after older people would often tell her things like, “I take time to take out cash from my wallet, and feel pressured if a line has formed behind me,” and, “I get hesitant to go shopping after people in the line behind me show their irritation.” It’s the first initiative of its kind in the Kyushu region, according to Abe.
The branch store will offer the special service between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. A sign will indicate where the service is being held at one of the shop’s six checkout counters, and staff will match the pace of customers using the service.