A grocery store chain in the Netherlands has come up with a great way to combat loneliness among seniors.
They’ve set up some slow-paced checkout stands in all 200 of their stores, and staffed them with checkers who like to chat. They’re calling the “chat checkout” program. While most people hate slow-moving checkout lines, these slower check out lines are designed to encourage conversation between customers and staff members.
They were originally set up to help alleviate loneliness among seniors yearning for some conversation. But since it started, people of all ages have been attracted to the slower lanes.
A spokesperson for the grocery chain said “You never know what a five minute convo can do for a person’s spirit.”.
Jack & Carolyn talked about this on the Morning Breeze. Listen here"