John, I can’t figure out the self-checkout lines at my neighborhood Home Depot either. But despair not — just go to Lowes instead (there appears to be one in Suffolk County). My father-in-law is a contractor and he avoids Home Depot like the plague, in favor of Lowes. And pace Jay Nordlinger’s paean to Wal-Mart, my wife finds Target to be immensely preferable. Maybe the giants have gotten arrogant and lazy, and the competition is taking advantage.