Beijing's first self-service supermarket has decided to add sales personnel just one day after its trial operation led to losses due to shop-lifting.
Some consumers took away products without paying at all or just paying a fraction of the price. Some consumers paid as little as ten yuan for expensive cigarettes and wines.
Another self-service supermarket in east China's Hangzhou city lost 3,000 yuan on their first day of service on June 6.
The manager of Hangzhou's self-service supermarket says they have also added sales clerks at the store.
The self-service supermarket also triggers a heated discussion among netizens.
An online survey from Sina.com says nearly 75 percent of around 11,000 participants believe that opening a self-service supermarket is still not practical in China.
They say they despised the dishonesty displayed in self-service payments. They also say that they are not optimistic about opening more self-service supermarkets.
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