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8 Things Aldi Employees Wish You Wouldn’t Do

It's easy to keep workers at your neighborhood Aldi happy. Just be kind—and don't take the cashier's cart!

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CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 12: Customers shop at an Aldi grocery store on June 12, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Aldi has announced plans to open 900 new stores in the United States in the next five years. The $3.4 billion capital investment would create 25,000 jobs and make the grocery chain the third largest in the nation behind Wal-Mart and Kroger. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)Scott Olson/Getty Images

Use Your Phone in the Checkout Line

Aldi cashiers have to hit high targets for scan performance—that’s why they’re all moving so fast. If you’re on your phone or distracted during checkout, it makes their job harder.

See what else cashiers secretly wish we’d all stop doing.

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CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 12: Shopping carts sit outside an Aldi grocery store on June 12, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Aldi has announced plans to open 900 new stores in the United States in the next five years. The $3.4 billion capital investment would create 25,000 jobs and make the grocery chain the third largest in the nation behind Wal-Mart and Kroger. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)Scott Olson/Getty Images

Take the Cashier’s Cart

The carts are free to use at Aldi, but you need to deposit a quarter to get one (yes, you will get that quarter back). If you didn’t walk in with a cart, then you shouldn’t walk out with one. The cart next to the cashier is definitely not for shoppers to take.

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ALEXANDRIA, VA - AUGUST 24: Groceries which were purchased from an Aldi store are seen in a shopping cart August 24, 2009 in Alexandria, Virginia. The German discount grocery chain, which launched 100 new stores in 2008 alone, recently opened its 1000th store in the U.S. Its no-frills approach has led to increased profits as U.S. consumers continue to struggle during the recession. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)Alex Wong/Getty Images

Abandon Your Cart

Yes, Aldi’s system is efficient. But they only have a few checkout lines open at a time. If you loaded up a cart but can’t wait in line, please don’t abandon your cart. Let an Aldi employee know that you’re leaving so someone can put those items back on the shelf.

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A man seen holding an ALDI North shopping bag with the logo in Herten, Germany, 04 April 2017. ALDI North has introduced a new branch conept. Photo: Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa | usage worldwide (Photo by Rolf Vennenbernd/picture alliance via Getty Images)picture alliance/Getty Images

Bag While They Ring You Up

Let’s revisit the Aldi golden rule: Don’t be distracted at the checkout! That includes bagging your Aldi Finds while cashiers are trying to scan your items. Instead, wait until after payment and bag in the designated bagging area.

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A cashier of food discounter ALDI wears a face mask as she serves a customer in Duesseldorf, western Germany, on April 29, 2020 amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - From April 29, 2020 in Germany, masks are needed to enter shops, which began to open last week after the government declared its outbreak under control. Nose and mouth coverings are already compulsory on buses, trains and trams. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP) (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)INA FASSBENDER/Getty Images

Forget Your ID

Aldi asks all customers to show identification to purchase alcohol. Be ready to show an ID when you purchase our favorite Aldi wine, regardless of your age.

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CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 12: Customers shop at an Aldi grocery store on June 12, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Aldi has announced plans to open 900 new stores in the United States in the next five years. The $3.4 billion capital investment would create 25,000 jobs and make the grocery chain the third largest in the nation behind Wal-Mart and Kroger. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)Scott Olson/Getty Images

Stay Past Closing Hours

It’s no surprise that Aldi stores want close promptly at the end of the day. If you stay beyond closing time, you’re inconveniencing the employees. Be courteous and plan your shopping trip accordingly!

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CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 12: Customers shop at an Aldi grocery store on June 12, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Aldi has announced plans to open 900 new stores in the United States in the next five years. The $3.4 billion capital investment would create 25,000 jobs and make the grocery chain the third largest in the nation behind Wal-Mart and Kroger. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)Scott Olson/Getty Images

Use Produce Bags for Random Items

Aldi provides bags for its produce and meat items. But employees find customers using them for all sorts of things that don’t belong there. It’s wasteful and it slows the checkout process down. This is what Aldi employees won’t tell you.

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MORENO VALLEY, CA - MARCH 24: Shoppers leave with a full grocery cart as crowds wait in line to get into Aldi food market during the grand opening on March 24, 2016 in Moreno Valley, California. Aldi is opening its first 8 stores in Southern California.(Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)Gina Ferazzi/Getty Images

Ignore the Workers

The employees at Aldi work hard. The job is demanding, physical and now dangerous, because of COVID-19. It seems like this should go without saying—but be nice to them. Just a bit of kindness goes a long way.

Sher Castellano
Sher Castellano is the plant-based chef, endometriosis advocate and former health coach behind the award winning blog With Food + Love. Sher creates recipes to help you feel better, and explores topics of chronic illness, women's health and infertility with her honest writings. With Food + Love was a finalist in the 2015 Saveur Magazine Food Blog Awards.

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