Over the last few months supermarket giant Aldi has been installing self-checkouts in some of its stores.
The self-service tills have divided shoppers, with some loving them – and others preferring to stick to the normal staffed tills.
That’s not stopped people from trying to slow down the checkout staff, though, who are renowned for their speedy scanning in stores.
A new technique for slowing down staff has now gone viral, and it’s divided shoppers almost as much as the self-checkouts.
One shopper who proudly shared their own trick on Facebook faced a bit of a backlash from others, who say the lightning-fast checkouts were one of the main benefits of shopping at the supermarket, and even went as far to say they should be banned from the store.
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A photo shared on an Aldi Facebook group shows individual items spaced out all the way down the conveyor belt, forcing the checkout staff to wait for them to slowly reach the till before being able to scan them through.
It was captioned: ‘In your face Aldi. Just so we got time to pack’ and really divided opinion in the comments below, as people were torn over whether the tactic was genius or infuriating.
One person responded to say: “People like you packing their bag at the register is so annoying and selfish. Try packing at the bench like everyone else.”
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, reports the Mirror.
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.”