It was about a year ago that I wandered into a Del Taco and came across the high-tech, 107 beverage serving digital-display touch-screen beverage dispenser at a Del Taco. I like interfacing with machines. People are better for friends, but when I just WANT something I’d rather deal with a machine.
Well, imagine my surprise today as I wandered yet again, unsuspectingly into a Jack In The Box (JITB) and saw the option of a large, touch-screen Kiosk to make my order! What joy. 🙂 Only two weeks before I walked past a line of over 40 people at the movie theater to use the Ticket Kiosk. I got my ticket, walked past the line and entered the theater in less than 30
seconds. Why everyone else chose to stand in line.. a group of young, supposedly tech-savvy teens, I don’t know. I’m older and I have less time for standing around in line so, to the Kiosk I go.
The JITBox Kiosk was designed so that a 5 year old could use it. Well, a 5 year old with a Debit card anyway. Although offered in both English and Spanish there were plenty of photo icons available to make your selections. You could be as illiterate as a red brick and still figure it out. Each selection narrows
down your order.. Dine-in or Take out? Combo or a la Carte? Beef, Chicken or Bowl? Cheese? Super Size? Onions, No Onions? Swipe your payment card or insert cash (or JITBox Cash Card) and your receipt comes out with your order number. Even though it was my first time, the whole process took about 1 minute.. apart from pondering whether to add bacon or not. I hear these JITBox kiosks have been in Washington for awhile, though this is the first time I’ve run across one here in Southern California.
Next, just a short walk five feet to the counter and they already have your cup waiting for you.
A few more minutes.. and it was time to eat. 🙂
I kinda hope that, just like the movie-ticket kiosk, people will stay in the rut of “standing in line”. That makes my time more efficient with the Kiosk available. But then again.. if you subtract the time fast food takes from your life health-wise, I can’t help but wonder if it’s a break-even on time saved. Hmm.
Author: Henry The PC Guy
Since 1983, Henry The PC Guy has been working with the most basic of computers and continued to today’s Win10 operating system. From 2007 until 2012 was the owner/operator of ‘Up&Running PC Repair’ in Southern California until moving to a life in the Philippines in 2012. He has been building websites since 1993 and is well versed in various aspects of blogging, vlogging and podcasting.