Oregon bill would ban self-checkout for alcohol

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There'll be no more zipping through self-checkout to buy a six-pack if a bill in the Oregon Legislature makes it through.

The measure, being considered in the House, has labor and management on opposite sides, The Oregonian reported.

It would require alcohol sales to be conducted through the regular checkout lines.

Union grocery clerks say they can lose their jobs for letting underage people buy alcohol, said Jeff Anderson, secretary-treasurer of Local 555 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. And, he said, it's easier for underage drinkers to slip through when a clerk has to watch several people at one time at the scanners.