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On The Fringe [Mar. 12th, 2010|10:05 am]
Tony Grist
There was some sort of drama going on at Aldi yesterday afternoon. At one point all three staff decamped to the locked staff room- where they keep the money-  leaving us customers waiting patiently at the tills and wondering, whimsically, whether we'd get away with it if we ran to our cars with our shopping and drove off. Then they came out again- and the girl who arrived at our till was weeping copiously. I've been served by grumpy people before now, but never one in floods of tears. Ailz- who is good at this sort of thing- asked her what the matter was and if we could help- but she wasn't saying much- except that the guy who had made her cry- and who we'd already seen having a shouting match with a customer- was subbing for the regular manager. I left feeling (a) that I wanted to get away as fast as I could and (b) that I should have done something... like...like...I don't know what.

[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-03-12 08:46 pm (UTC)
I don't believe I saw enough to justify a complaint. The girl at the till might have done something that warranted a reprimand- and her tears could have been unjustified. I know from having done it all too often, that it's dangerous to make assumptions on fragmentary evidence.
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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2010-03-12 09:15 pm (UTC)
Fair enough. I based my comment on my years of experience as a retail employee, and what I've seen of public versus private behavior on the part of managers and employees both. Basically, my take is this: if the guy is publicly shouting at customers and if he's sending an employee out onto the floor in tears, that says to me that he's out of control. Maybe the girl earned a ticking off, but he should have allowed her to go wash her face with cold water before he sent her back to the till. Maybe the customer shouted at him first, but it's his obligation as a manager to keep his own temper or take the argument into the back office where it won't disrupt other customers' shopping. Both in the amount of time you were in the store? Not good.

However, that's my take. If you feel you haven't enough to go on to complain, that's your judgment call. You were there, after all.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-03-12 10:13 pm (UTC)
Aldi keep prices down by employing very few staff. This is a big store and- as far as I could see- there were only three people on duty. That's got to be stressful.

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