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To have stolen the shop assistants reduced food?

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Caravanoflove Fri 12-Feb-16 18:57:09

So I was in our local small supermarket tonight and two shop assistants were marking down food. One says to the other 'oooh look at these lovely steaks, reduced to 70p- I'll have them.'
She proceeded to hide them at the back of the bottom shelf of the chiller behind the lamb joints and commented to her colleague 'I am doing well tonight'.
When she'd gone I had a ferret and found a whole stash of lovely very reduced goodies. It was a very good hiding place you would never have found them without knowing they were there.
After much deliberation over the morality of the situation I put the steaks in my basket but left the rest.
It was a bit hairy at the till as she was called to help but luckily I got a different till assistant.
So AIBU for 'stealing' her bargains? I feel probably as she's in a low paid job it's a perk of the job. On the other hand, I am skint and will generally actively seek out the reduced produce.

bluespiral Fri 12-Feb-16 18:59:25

You didn't steal anything from anybody. Of course yanbu.

CowPatRoberts Fri 12-Feb-16 19:01:19

And she would have gotten away with it to, if it wasn't for that meddling CaravanOfLove!

And no, it's survival of the fittest when it comes to the reduced section.

Caravanoflove Fri 12-Feb-16 19:01:24

Perhaps I should have got the rest then!

Floggingmolly Fri 12-Feb-16 19:02:11

Were they marking them down to an especially low price, just so they could buy them themselves? If so; they're the ones stealing, not you.

3WiseWomen Fri 12-Feb-16 19:02:35

I somehow doubt that she was allowed to do that (hide the reduced food from customers).

You didn't steal anything and there is no reason that you shouldn't have benefitted from those bargains.

MsJamieFraser Fri 12-Feb-16 19:04:20

I personally would not have done, whose to know her circumstances, and I doubt she would have risked her job over a piece of meat.

Arkhamasylum Fri 12-Feb-16 19:04:22

They were for sale. You didn't steal anything. You didn't con anyone.

MissFlight Fri 12-Feb-16 19:04:29

They weren't hers in the first place, you didn't steal them, you bought them smile

Foxsox Fri 12-Feb-16 19:04:33

Most companies prefer a sale to go to a non-staff customers so in actual fact she was likely breaking the rules hiding stuff for herself.

CowPatRoberts Fri 12-Feb-16 19:07:11

I have to say your supermarket sounds much more civilised than ours, you practically have to wear boxing gloves when going in here if you want to get anything vaguely desirable!

Aeroflotgirl Fri 12-Feb-16 19:12:22

Good on you, serves them right grin, good on you for buying those incredibly marked down goods.

Damselindestress Fri 12-Feb-16 19:16:21

YANBU. They were for sale, you weren't stealing and shop assistants aren't supposed to hide the reduced food from customers. When I worked at a supermarket picking up bargains was a perk of an otherwise awful job but only after my shift, I didn't squirrel them away!

HelsBels3000 Fri 12-Feb-16 19:20:55

grin serves her right.
On another more serious matter my friend got sacked for legitimately marking down a cooked chicken and buying it himself - apparently it was gross misconduct. I think it should have gone on sale and he could have bought it at closing time or something.

greenfolder Fri 12-Feb-16 19:21:35

She knows she is not supposed to do that so you are saving her from herself really.

Babymouse Fri 12-Feb-16 19:21:52

She shouldn't have hid them. I used to work at the shoe department in a big department store where coworkers tried to do this, but it was definitely a big no-no. Someone was fired over it.

OttiliaVonBCup Fri 12-Feb-16 19:25:38

I think, not sure if it's the same here, that supermarket workers get discounted food at even lower price at the end of the day.

At least they did in Switzerland.

But no, don't think you did anything wrong here.

ohtheholidays Fri 12-Feb-16 19:27:34

You didn't do anything wrong OP,her on the other hand we had a few members of staff do similar when I worked for one of the big supermarkets when I was a teenager and they got the sack.

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Fri 12-Feb-16 19:27:36

You weren't stealing and not being unreasonable - you should have taken the steaks but moved everything else so that it was visible to other shoppers.

Caravanoflove Fri 12-Feb-16 19:29:52

I wonder how it would have went if I had got her at the till.
I don't think they were falsely marking down goods, just saving them so they could buy them at the end of their shift.

Longdistancelove Fri 12-Feb-16 19:32:11

You didn't steal anything.

In a company I used to work for, staff caught doing this would be facing a disciplinary.

Iwanttokillthem Fri 12-Feb-16 19:32:48

I thought you meant actually stole from behind the counter or something. You didnt steal it. It was for open sale in the normal chiller cabinet so anyone could pick it up. You were lucky.

Enjoy your steaks.

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Fri 12-Feb-16 19:33:11

But they were hiding them? If you'd got her at the till and she would have dared to say anything, you could have just said that next time you'll report to the supervisor that food for sale is being hidden.

It's not ok for shop assistants to do that. If the shop wants them to have the marked down food it can be put in the back away from customers to be bought by the sales staff.

ProcrastinatorGeneral Fri 12-Feb-16 19:33:23

You placed a product in your basket, and paid before you left. Absolutely fine. She was a dick for trying to hide stuff.

catsinthecraddle Fri 12-Feb-16 19:33:40

of course YANBU

just lucky you found the hiding place, I might start rummaging in my supermarket now!

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