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2013-09-23 12:48:01 AM  
Still probably better than working at Wal-mart.
 
2013-09-23 03:10:08 AM  

fusillade762: Still probably better than working at Wal-mart.


Definitely. My mother ran the cash office at a Wal-Mart in Southern California when I was a teenager, and I was 'volunteered' to run many of the in-store fundraisers for Children's Miracle Network. Having to kill vinegaroons in the break room was routine, and we'd find rattlesnakes hiding in the stock boxes at least once a month.

/Good times.
 
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2013-09-23 03:48:47 AM  

Amberwind: vinegaroons


NIGHTMARE FUEL!
 
2013-09-23 04:11:56 AM  
Chaim, you're on oven duty today.
 
2013-09-23 04:12:45 AM  

fusillade762: Still probably better than working at Wal-mart.


Indeed.

At Walmart, you aren't chastised with rats; the rats chastise you.

/ also, I have it on good authority that the way sonic is run; bears a striking resemblance to the way Italy is run.
 
2013-09-23 04:25:02 AM  
The one and only Aldi that I've been to and frequent is staffed by the same group of 20 somethings every time I'm there.

They run that place so well and with such efficiency and good humor, that it's somewhat unnerving.

It wouldnt surprise me a bit if their initiations were a little weird.
 
2013-09-23 04:28:23 AM  
Arbeit macht frei, meh.
 
2013-09-23 04:30:59 AM  

iheartscotch: also, I have it on good authority that the way sonic is run; bears a striking resemblance to the way Italy is run.


Bunga bunga parties?
 
2013-09-23 04:35:41 AM  
funny.mansworkshop.com
 
2013-09-23 04:46:38 AM  

Gordon Bennett: iheartscotch: also, I have it on good authority that the way sonic is run; bears a striking resemblance to the way Italy is run.

Bunga bunga parties?


I don't know about that; but, raw sewage floating around seems a common point. Also, trash service strikes. And last, but not least, general corruption.

/ also, the food could be better
 
2013-09-23 04:52:42 AM  

Amberwind: fusillade762: Still probably better than working at Wal-mart.

Definitely. My mother ran the cash office at a Wal-Mart in Southern California when I was a teenager, and I was 'volunteered' to run many of the in-store fundraisers for Children's Miracle Network. Having to kill vinegaroons in the break room was routine, and we'd find rattlesnakes hiding in the stock boxes at least once a month.

/Good times.


I had never heard of vinegaroons before. That's mildly disturbing...

/but did your mom have to wear a red headband when on her period so that her boss could stalk her bathroom break timing?
 
2013-09-23 04:59:01 AM  
You know who ELSE was German?
 
2013-09-23 04:59:35 AM  

TomD9938: The one and only Aldi that I've been to and frequent is staffed by the same group of 20 somethings every time I'm there.

They run that place so well and with such efficiency and good humor, that it's somewhat unnerving.

It wouldnt surprise me a bit if their initiations were a little weird.


Good humor?

As someone who has lived in Germany, i was always a little jarred by how incredibly unfriendly most checkers were.

But as a female, i admire a culture that doesn't proscribe constant, fake cheerfulness as a gender role.

/rock on with your bad selves, crabby German ladies.
//too bad your bosses are apparently crazy.
 
2013-09-23 05:02:42 AM  

SpdrJay: You know who ELSE was German?


Heidi klum?
 
2013-09-23 05:15:06 AM  

o'really: SpdrJay: You know who ELSE was German?

Heidi klum?


Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern- schplenden- schlitter- crasscrenbon- fried- digger- dingle- dangle- dongle- dungle- burstein- von- knacker- thrasher- apple- banger- horowitz- ticolensic- grander- knotty- spelltinkle- grandlich- grumblemeyer- spelterwasser- kurstlich- himbleeisen- bahnwagen- gutenabend- bitte- ein- nürnburger- bratwustle- gerspurten- mitz- weimache- luber- hundsfut- gumberaber- shönedanker- kalbsfleisch- mittler- aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm?
 
2013-09-23 05:30:56 AM  
THIS EXHIBIT IS CLOSED
 
mhd
2013-09-23 05:48:55 AM  

o'really: As someone who has lived in Germany, i was always a little jarred by how incredibly unfriendly most checkers were.


Yes, even for German service industry standards. Not too long ago some chain apparently asked their employees to use some standardized "thank you for shopping xxx, have a nice day" phrases, which actually felt a bit jarring at first. Although to be fair, the supermarket in question (Aldi) didn't really rank worst in that regard, as their employees tend to be paid above average, and usually are rather fast at serving you. If you're done in a jiffy, you don't really mind that there's no ode to the customer... On the other hand, when the chain smoking checker just waves her nose piercings at you while slowly trying to locate the proper bar code...

/ Don't really buy the stories of that "disgruntled manager".
 
2013-09-23 05:50:52 AM  

o'really: Amberwind: fusillade762: Still probably better than working at Wal-mart.

Definitely. My mother ran the cash office at a Wal-Mart in Southern California when I was a teenager, and I was 'volunteered' to run many of the in-store fundraisers for Children's Miracle Network. Having to kill vinegaroons in the break room was routine, and we'd find rattlesnakes hiding in the stock boxes at least once a month.

/Good times.

I had never heard of vinegaroons before. That's mildly disturbing...


erk. nor me. there is a massive spider living in our garden which I live in constant fear I will forget about and walk into its web. i still think il take that over the whip scorpians though

/ickle. i keep thinking about whip scorpions. there's one on me! no there isnt. yes there is!
 
2013-09-23 06:44:48 AM  
I give Aldi credit for remaining European in the face of American shopping habits.  If I had a quarter for everytime I said, "Hey lady, they charge you for pastic bags to keep costs down.  How do you think they can sell milk for $2 a gallon?", I'd be able to use ALL of their shopping carts.
 
2013-09-23 07:19:17 AM  
Former trainees at discount chain Aldi Süd say they were wrapped in clingfilm and chained to posts as a punishment for "being cheeky."

And they say that the Germans have no sense of humor... lol
 
2013-09-23 07:21:34 AM  

bark_atda_moon: I give Aldi credit for remaining European in the face of American shopping habits.  If I had a quarter for everytime I said, "Hey lady, they charge you for pastic bags to keep costs down.  How do you think they can sell milk for $2 a gallon?", I'd be able to use ALL of their shopping carts.


I love my local Aldi.  I've found very few products that aren't as good as the regular grocery stores (ground and frozen meats, mainly), and the lack of bags isn't a big deal at all.

Am I the only one that grabs empty cardboard boxes as I shop?  They're much more efficient than bags, and they're easier to recycle.
 
2013-09-23 07:23:04 AM  
Only on Fark could you learn that Aldi and Trader Joe's are the same company, slightly different demographics.
 
2013-09-23 07:23:29 AM  

Maul555: Former trainees at discount chain Aldi Süd say they were wrapped in clingfilm and chained to posts as a punishment for "being cheeky."

And they say that the Germans have no sense of humor... lol


What does "being cheeky" mean anyhow?  Looking at my bum?
 
2013-09-23 07:25:18 AM  

tetsoushima: Maul555: Former trainees at discount chain Aldi Süd say they were wrapped in clingfilm and chained to posts as a punishment for "being cheeky."

And they say that the Germans have no sense of humor... lol

What does "being cheeky" mean anyhow?  Looking at my bum?


I think it's the British version of "mischievously funny", or something like that...
 
2013-09-23 07:37:53 AM  

UNC_Samurai: bark_atda_moon: I give Aldi credit for remaining European in the face of American shopping habits.  If I had a quarter for everytime I said, "Hey lady, they charge you for pastic bags to keep costs down.  How do you think they can sell milk for $2 a gallon?", I'd be able to use ALL of their shopping carts.

I love my local Aldi.  I've found very few products that aren't as good as the regular grocery stores (ground and frozen meats, mainly), and the lack of bags isn't a big deal at all.

Am I the only one that grabs empty cardboard boxes as I shop?  They're much more efficient than bags, and they're easier to recycle.


they're seen as a bit pikey (naff... low rent... dyagetme?) in the UK. but then maybe it's the company I keep
 
2013-09-23 07:45:12 AM  

UNC_Samurai: bark_atda_moon: I give Aldi credit for remaining European in the face of American shopping habits.  If I had a quarter for everytime I said, "Hey lady, they charge you for pastic bags to keep costs down.  How do you think they can sell milk for $2 a gallon?", I'd be able to use ALL of their shopping carts.

I love my local Aldi.  I've found very few products that aren't as good as the regular grocery stores (ground and frozen meats, mainly), and the lack of bags isn't a big deal at all.

Am I the only one that grabs empty cardboard boxes as I shop?  They're much more efficient than bags, and they're easier to recycle.


I got horrible food poisoning from two different kinds of canned soup from Aldis. As I recall I bought them on the same day. While they were different flavors (and presumably, lots), both cans had the end result of draining me of any fluids. I was actually so dehydrated from the second incident that I had to go on fluids at the hospital and also get several injections to stop the explosiveness of it all. One can, you can attribute to an isolated event. When you have it happen again with the same brand, different flavor, yea... I will never buy/eat soup from Aldis ever again.

Of course, I do not think that there are Aldis out here in BFE South Dakota, but who knows...

/god that was some bad food poisoning
//make my own soup now; only keep a few cans of Campbell's on-hand for the days my lupus is acting up and cutting vegetables and the like hurts too much
///slashies & css!!
 
2013-09-23 08:29:06 AM  
I hope their fork lift driver, Klaus, is okay...
 
2013-09-23 10:25:41 AM  
My mom is German and I libved there as a kid when my dad was sationed there in the army. So there are certain German products I like because I was raised around them. The nice thing about Aldi is when I find those products there, they are really fresh like I remember as a kid. When I buy the same product at traditional U.S. retail outlets and specialty stores it isn't nearly as fresh and flavorful. I guess through their supply chain they are able to get the product shipped overseas and put on their shelves a lot quicker than stores that have to deal with outside importers and distributors.
 
2013-09-23 11:14:49 AM  
Pfft, the worst story I heard involving hazing a new employee at a grocery store was the thrown into the cardboard baler and the machine cycled. The new guy didn't know the ram didn't go all the way down and there was room for a person if the machine is empty. He crapped himself, literally, and the rest of the crew was fired.
 
2013-09-23 12:08:55 PM  

433: Amberwind: vinegaroons

NIGHTMARE FUEL!


I used to catch them all the time when I lived in El Paso. They're super cool!
 
2013-09-23 12:59:02 PM  

Lady J: they're seen as a bit pikey (naff... low rent... dyagetme?) in the UK. but then maybe it's the company I keep


Its the locations they choose. Tesco and Sainburys' were fighting over the "good" areas so Aldi and Lidl went for the "lower rent" areas that were at the bottom of the native supermarkets lists.

/but yes if you want to see some realy strange people Aldi and Lidl are the place
//its like a beacon for care in the community
 
2013-09-23 04:00:01 PM  

Norfolking Chance: Lady J: they're seen as a bit pikey (naff... low rent... dyagetme?) in the UK. but then maybe it's the company I keep

Its the locations they choose. Tesco and Sainburys' were fighting over the "good" areas so Aldi and Lidl went for the "lower rent" areas that were at the bottom of the native supermarkets lists.

/but yes if you want to see some realy strange people Aldi and Lidl are the place
//its like a beacon for care in the community


Huh, the article i read about why tesco failed in america mentioned choosing low rent, low desirability locations as a major factor.
 
2013-09-23 04:05:29 PM  

o'really: Norfolking Chance: Lady J: they're seen as a bit pikey (naff... low rent... dyagetme?) in the UK. but then maybe it's the company I keep

Its the locations they choose. Tesco and Sainburys' were fighting over the "good" areas so Aldi and Lidl went for the "lower rent" areas that were at the bottom of the native supermarkets lists.

/but yes if you want to see some realy strange people Aldi and Lidl are the place
//its like a beacon for care in the community

Huh, the article i read about why tesco failed in america mentioned choosing low rent, low desirability locations as a major factor.


Nevermind, noticed you were referencing the uk.
 
2013-09-24 01:45:51 AM  

Norfolking Chance: Its the locations they choose. Tesco and Sainburys' were fighting over the "good" areas so Aldi and Lidl went for the "lower rent" areas that were at the bottom of the native supermarkets lists.


Never mind Tesco and Sainsbury's. I see them in places where Iceland and Costcutter fear to tread.
 
2013-09-24 09:03:22 AM  

fusillade762: Still probably better than working at Wal-mart.


How did I know a knee-jerk WalMart hater would say something like this.  The discounters in Germany use the exact same tactics as WalMart.  That's how they came to dominate the market

o'really: As someone who has lived in Germany, i was always a little jarred by how incredibly unfriendly most checkers were. But as a female, i admire a culture that doesn't proscribe constant, fake cheerfulness as a gender role.


All German supermarket cashiers employ the fake cheerful BS when you leave.  "Schön Tag noch"  "Schön Abend", etc.  It's no more genuine than fake salutations in any other country.  They could really care les if you have a schönen Abend.
 
mhd
2013-09-24 09:52:56 AM  

Ebbelwoi: The discounters in Germany use the exact same tactics as WalMart.


Most of them, yes, apart from offering everything under one roof (which was one of the main reasons why Walmart failed horribly in Germany). Aldi has always been special, though. While pretty much every discounter offers their own "value" brands, Aldi does this almost exclusively. This makes it quite a bit cheaper to buy in bulk and the limited range of products reduces storage cost and shelf space.

This also made it very easy to remember all the prices, which is why they were the last shop to switch to cash registers with scanners. Which still wouldn't be possibly to do efficiently without trained personnel, so they had an incentive to keep them around for a while. Which resulted in above average pay, too. Nowadays they do have scanning registers (as they are able to control barcode placement it's still faster than the competition), so that might be worse than back in the days.

A lot of the other Walmart tactics simply don't apply for German personnel. You can't really skimp on their health benefits, for one...
 
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