When you shop at Aldi you can expect two things: bargain buys and lightning fast checkout staff.
Paying up a the end off your weekly shop becomes a personal challenge to try and bag the items as quickly as the cashier is scanning them – and it’s one you’re likely to lose.
With a queue of keen spectators looking on, many shoppers crack under the pressure – but one mum has revealed she simply doesn’t give them the chance.
Aldi customers have previously shared hilarious hacks to slow down the checkout staff, including one who advised scrunching up the packaging around the barcode so it wouldn’t scan first time.
Others said they preferred to work in teams, with one slowly handing the items over one at a time at the till while the other packs.
But sometimes if you don’t ask, you don’t get – and that’s exactly what one mum said she does in a discussion on the Aldi Mums Facebook page.
“You can ask them to slow down, I do,” she said. “They don’t mind. And never had a rude checkout operator either.”
And it turns out plenty of others have been doing the same, as another said: “I always ask the checkout workers at my local ALDI to slow down a bit, so I don’t get overwhelmed.
“They always say yes and it’s always very pleasant, never had a problem.”
But for others the sheer panic of racing to pack was all part of the Aldi experience, as reported by Kidspot.
One argued: “Keeping up with the ALDI checkout workers is a game for me. It should be an Olympic sport.”
A second added: “Sometimes they go slow for me then other times it’s like a tornado and I can’t get the shopping fast enough into the trolley.”
When Aldi was asked why their cashiers scan items so quickly, we were told staff members are “encouraged” to be as efficient as possible, which helps to keep the prices low.
Bosses also claimed their checkouts are 40 per cent speedier than rivals – but said their checkout assistants were also trained to alter the rate they scan to match the pace of the shopper.