The Queen Proves She’s Down With The Kids By Asking About Scamming Self-Serve Checkouts

Unexpected item in the bagging area.

The Queen has basically lived forever. I’m convinced she sees all and knows everything. Except apparently that self-serve checkouts are a thing and how to use them.

I was shocked to find out there’s something our monarch doesn’t know about but realised it makes sense- it’s not like she does her own grocery shopping. She probably doesn’t even have a grocery shopper. I bet a basket of fresh produce just magically appears in Buckingham Palace’s kitchen once a week.

When The Queen WAS introduced to the magic that is self-serve for the first time, it wasn’t the usual mess you would expect from an old person trying to use technology. Instead, she proved what a legend she is and asked if it was possible to scam the machine.

Yep, that’s right, Lizzie’s first thought wasn’t “oh how far technology has come” it was “oh snap, I can cheat the system.” Not in those exact words, but basically in those exact words.

The Sun reports that Queen Elizabeth was treated to a tour of a pop-up Sainsbury’s museum in London (is there anything the royal family doesn’t attend?) which maps out the local supermarket chains evolution over its 150-year history.

Regional manager Damien Corcoran was guiding The Queen through the latest self-serve technology when she came out with this zinger:

“And you can’t trick it? You can’t cheat then?” she asked.

“Well, you always can cheat but with the weighing scales we’ve got that should prevent certain items from being undetected,” the manager replied.

I don’t know what her majesty said next, but if there was a thought bubble on this footage it would say something like “hmmm interesting” or show an elaborate plan of her cheating the machines.


While I doubt the queen will be popping down to the local store any time soon (see: magic basket referred to above) I wouldn’t totally put it past her. If anyone could visit the grocer in a full disguise and scan caviar through as a carton of milk, it would definitely be The Queen.

You don’t live forever and not learn a thing or two.

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