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While we’re all used to self checkouts in grocery stores, a new convenience store in China has taken things to another level by automating the entire store.

Called BingoBox, the store is stocked with daily essentials — snacks, beer, and anything you might need on a late night grocery trip, all that’s missing is a regular staff.

Shoppers scan a QR code to enter the store, and pay for items via mobile payments. While an unmanned store sounds like a burglar’s dream, BingoBox utilizes sensors to ensure that every item leaving the shelves is paid for.

While BingoBox isn’t 100 percent run by robots yet — a remote customer service is available and the store is restocked daily — it’s definitely pretty close.

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