As an Aldi regular, part of me feels this woman's pain, but an even larger part of me realizes that speedy checkout is one of the major reasons I frequent the grocery chain.
A Teesside mum says she has been left traumatised by the "aggressive approach" of an Aldi cashier and the "ferocious" speed of the supermarket's conveyor belts."
"Ferocious?" Is this guy the Tasmanian Devil from Looney Tunes??
The shopper was minding her own business, completing her weekly shop with her three young children, when she became embroiled in tense confrontation with a "disgracefully rude" staff member.
She claims the worker refused to slow his scanning even as food fell from the packing area onto the floor "like a slot machine", leaving customers in the Guisborough store "gawping".
I feel like this is a "really-needed-to-be-there" situation.
Like, was this cashier really so obtuse that he didn't realize that he was throwing things on the floor, or were things falling on the floor because an irate shopper was yelling at him and shuffling items in the cart while he was going the normal speed for an Aldi cashier?
The 35-year-old mum maintains that she was loading her shopping "as quickly as possible", but that the worker was taking no prisoners, and "continuously scanning" and "piling the food high".
"Taking no prisoners"?? This is some real journalism right here!
Soon "huge towers" of groceries loomed perilously over the edge of the packing area, as she "frantically reached" to place each item in her bags.
"He could see my struggle and when a tin finally fell, I began crying and shaking" she explained.
Yes, this man enjoyed – nay, RELISHED – her suffering. It's why he's chosen a career in a grocery store: to see mothers-of-three suffer.
"I knelt to the floor to pick up the food while simultaneously trying to watch my children", who are aged 2, 3 and 7.
"I asked the cashier to please stop scanning through more food and that it felt like he was throwing the items at me."
Does anyone feel like this is just a TAD embellished?
I mean, I've experienced the cashier crushing my tortilla chips under a rack of ribs, but it's never been so bad that I've been facedown on the floor in my own groceries, sobbing while the cashier laughs maniacally at me!
She said his response was "blunt and aggressive", as he said that she "obviously wasn't packing quickly enough" and that she was a "liar" for her accusations.
At this point, another Aldi worker swooped in to "diffuse" the tense supermarket altercation, before the cashier finally "walked away".
Again, the level of journalism here is something to behold. So basically, this worker got frustrated after being yelled at and "walked away" without further incident after another employee "swooped in" to deal with the situation.
We don't have his side of the story, so I don't know what happened. Maybe he is a jerk. Maybe he was just having a bad day.
I do feel from the hyperbolic description of the story that if we could watch a video, it would show that things might have happened a bit differently than portrayed here.