Aldi shopper shares top tip for slowing down the supermarket’s fast checkout staff

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While no one enjoys queueing at the supermarket, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, it can be just as stressful to feel like you’re the one holding up the queue. It’s something Aldi shoppers know all too well, as the supermarket is renowned for having some of the fastest staff out of all the grocery stores. The checkout staff scan so fast it can be hard to keep up – but one shopper has said it doesn’t have to be. 

The speedy checkout service is one of the many things Aldi has become known for, alongside low prices and bargain deals through its Special Buys. 

However, a trip to the store can finish in a panic as shoppers try to pack up their groceries as fast as they’re scanned. 

The checkout staff race through each shop to get through customers quickly and reduce the waiting times, but it can be stressful once it’s your turn to pack and pay. 

But one mum has revealed her trick to make sure she doesn’t get overwhelmed at the checkout. 

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The shopper posted in the Aldi Mums Facebook page and told fellow fans of the store that she simply asks politely for staff to go a bit slower. 

“You can ask them to slow down, I do,” she commented. “They don’t mind. And never had a rude checkout operator either.”

Others agreed with the post, with one saying: “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.”

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Aldi fans recently commented on a post about the speedy checkouts in the Aldi UK Shoppers group too.

One customer said that the staff must have training to be so fast compared to other supermarkets, noting that it was as if they had a “target”. 

But it appeared they were spot on with their comment as some Aldi workers replied to the post to confirm that they’re told to be extra quick. 

One member who appeared to work at the store replied and said: “That’s exactly what we’re doing, surely no one thinks we all go fast just for laughs haha.”

 

Another agreed: “I have a good friend who works for Aldi, they have a quota of items to put through the till per hour, that’s why they are fast, and that’s a fact, was told by a few staff there FYI.”

Another Aldi worker added: “We’re timed, doesn’t matter how many people are waiting to [sic] us,” after one shopper commented that they seem to rush even when there’s no queue in sight. 

However, others seem to enjoy the rush at the end of their shop because it’s all part of the Aldi experience. 

One posted in the group: “I see it as a challenge and try to pack faster than they can scan.”

Aldi customers have previously shared hacks to slow down the checkout staff or for how to cope with the speed.

Some have even suggested scrunching up the packaging of products so that the barcode wouldn’t scan on the first go. 

Others have also revealed that they shop in pairs, with one person handing items to the checkout worker and the other packing – but that’s harder now that it’s encouraged for only one person per household to shop at a time. 

In fact, one shopper said the fast workers could even be speeding up due to the pandemic. 

Commenting on the post in the Aldi UK Shoppers group, one wrote: “One member of staff told me yesterday they are going quicker as they don’t want people standing there for longer than need be for obvious reasons and I can totally understand why.”

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