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Morrisons turns down checkout beeps as music and Tannoy scrapped for the Queen

Byoxfordnewspaper

Sep 14, 2022

A silent tribute to the Queen by Morrisons supermarkets has perplexed some shoppers.

The checkout beeps on self-service tills have been turned down.

Announcements and music have also been switched off in all stores.

On Twitter, some shoppers said they found the silence "quite pleasant", while others stressed the move is "absolutely mad".

"Because if there was one thing the Queen detested with all her heart, it was the beeps at the checkouts in Morrisons," one Twitter user wrote.

Another said: "Maybe muffled bell sounds would have been a good substitute."

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Morrisons's, whose stores in Carterton, Banbury and Wallingford will be closed for the Queen's funeral, said: "Our checkout beeps are not off. They have just been turned down a little as our music and tannoy announcements have been switched off in stores."

But some shoppers and employees felt the tribute had gone too far.

Over the weekend, u/Willyamsss wrote on Reddit: "I was standing in the queue for the self-service in front of the others for what felt like an eternity as everyone in front of me struggled.

"I did what all Brits do and patiently became impatient wondering why everyone was struggling to scan, 'how hard can it be' I thought!

"It wasn’t until it was my turn and I found that they had turned off the beep! One of the assistants came over when I inevitably upset the machine, so I said 'I think people are struggling as the beep is off'".

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The shop assistant responded: "Did you not know we are in a period of national mourning? We have turned off all beeps as a sign of respect!"

Another person, who said they worked at Morrison's, added: "I work at Morrisons and have had two shifts now in complete silence and we can’t even use the tannoy. It’s ridiculous!!"

Another user puppet_life wrote: "Same here, I was working earlier this evening and was aware they're not playing any music at the moment but now you come to mention it, I didn't hear the tannoy used once either."

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