Aldi shopper's 'genius' trick to slow down speedy checkout staff slammed as selfish

Aldi shopper’s ‘genius’ trick to slow down speedy checkout staff slammed as selfish

Anyone who has shopped at Aldi or Lidl will know their checkout staff scan your items at 100mph.

It takes some practice to build up to the speed required to pack your purchases in any kind of sensible order.

So one shopper devised a method which forced checkout staff at the German budget chains to slow down.

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The shopper posted a video on Facebook of her leaving large gaps between items she placed on the conveyor belt.

It may have made one shopper’s Aldi experience a little more relaxing but it’s increased the stress of other shoppers.

Aldi says a quicker checkout turnover frees up staff to do other work in the store, thereby reducing the critical number of staff.

Aldi checkout staff revealed they have a method to thwart the tactic
(Image: Facebook/Aldi Fans Australia WS)

Lower staffing costs means the products they sell are cheaper. Some shoppers also like the speed with which Aldi and Lidl reduce their checkout queues.

Understandably opinion on this shopper’s hack has divided opinion.

“People like you packing their bag at the register is so annoying and selfish. Try packing at the bench like everyone else,” as reported by News.com.au.

Another snapped back: “If you can’t handle it, go to [Australian chains] Woolies or Coles OR actually use the bench supplied for packing which is away from the checkout.” And a third added: “I despise when people do this.”

But not everyone was so critical, as others thanked them for sharing the tip and even suggested they would try it themselves next time they visit the shop.

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One wrote: “Ohhhh I love it! Packing at Aldi should be an Olympic sport!”

And a second said: “Round of applause – this is genius.”

However, two members of the Facebook group who said they work at Aldi revealed that it’s a trick many customers try to employ – and they have their own methods to overcome it.

One staff member replied: “I have customers do this, I just put my arm up to move the belt, let it all build up then start scanning.”

And another said they do exactly the same, writing: “When I worked at Aldi and people did this, I would hold the first item back from the sensor with my arm until everything piled up.”

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