I used to work in Aldi, people always ask the reason we scan so fast but it's not why you think

ALDI is as known for its speedy checkouts as it is its bargain prices with customers forever trying to keep up with the high-speed checkout process.

But apparently, there's a good reason why checkout staff are moving at a rapid pace, and it might not be what you think.

A former staff member made the claim on Reddit and explained their reason why, no matter which store you go to, Aldi cashiers work in overdrive.

"You actually have to hit a percentage of 83% or higher on item per minute scanned," they reportedly claimed.

Adding that management would "get upset" if you "didn't get 95% or above."

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And apparently, at least according to this ex-staffer, if customers are loading the items too slowly it brings down the staff member's "percentage" which just means they have some making up to do.

When this happened, the former employee said they would "hit the suspend key at least once to pause the transaction" to maintain their record of 150% and less than 5% voids.

They added: “Also, had to have less than three seconds when starting a new transaction. If you ever notice, they always put the item to be scanned by the scanner, then unsuspend it. You can get a 0 seconds between customers.”

The percentage system seemed to throw some people off and many asked for clarification, according to Daily Star.

So to simplify it, they said: "The way I took it was: 60 seconds in a minute. If I scan 60 items in a minute, that should be 100%."

Generally, the German supermarket chain asks for 83%, but some stores set their own, often higher, targets, the worker claimed.

And "if you didn’t meet the 83%, you went to a training class" they alledged, and you could even be fired.

"That’s why they go so fast. They’re literally being timed. After every shift was a paper that had all the totals. And almost every time, ‘you hit 91%, but you should have hit 95%’."

Some people took aim at the unfair system and argued that it might not always work for customers.

Particularly those with "One person said: "I mean people with disabilities and pensioners with health and mobility issues."

Another reportedly argued: "I'd rather Aldi added 1p to the cost of everything and allowed their cashiers to operate like human people instead of machines.”

To which another staff member replied: “I've previously been an Aldi cashier, and I understand that I can scan items faster than some people can pack them/put them in their trolley. Particularly older people.

And added: "The actual life pro tip for when we are too fast is to simply ask us to slow down.

"I got asked by some people to slow down, and I was happy to because of course customer service/experience takes precedence over efficiency.”

Meanwhile, mum stunned by Aldi shopper’s heartwarming gesture – which she only realises when she goes to pay for her £100 shop.

Plus this woman says 'I work in a supermarket and all customers say the same stupid thing at the checkout – along with other annoying things.'

And, mum issues warning as her son gets livid red marks & huge welts on his back after using Aldi Shampoo for sensitive skin.

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