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To think reduced supermarket goods are for customers not staff?

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catlovingdoctor Sun 09-Oct-16 16:44:16

I was in an upmarket supermarket chain today and a member of staff, in full uniform, had a trolley load of reduced packs of avocados. They're normally relatively expensive but I thought I'd get some since they were reduced. So I went to take one out the trolley and she literally blocked my arm with her hand, saying it was her own shopping. Surely if she wants to do her own shopping she shouldn't be doing it in company uniform? The stock is there for customers not staff!

00100001 Sun 09-Oct-16 16:44:48

Maybe her shift was over?

MischiefManagedAlways Sun 09-Oct-16 16:48:31

So what was she supposed to do? Take a change of clothes with her every shift? You sound ridiculous.

Cherrysoup Sun 09-Oct-16 16:48:49

Staff can also be customers. YABU.

Manumission Sun 09-Oct-16 16:48:57

All supermarket staff do shopping in uniform after their shift don't they? I often see it. It would be draconian (and self-defeating) for the supermarkets to prevent it.

A 'trolley load' of avocados sounds a lot, though. How many did she have? Did she have other shopping?

I can't really begrudge low- pay workers the inside track on when reductions are made. It's not much of a perk and probably much needed on those wages.

Jizzomelette Sun 09-Oct-16 16:49:33

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MarchEliza2 Sun 09-Oct-16 16:49:40

Surely an off-shift worker is a customer though?

QueenLaBeefah Sun 09-Oct-16 16:50:43

There have to be some perks of the job, surely?

rosesandcashmere Sun 09-Oct-16 16:51:27

If her shift is over and she's doing her shopping she can buy what she wants. Why shouldn't staff be entitled to discounts? It's not like they're earning a fortune! If you want cheaper readily available avocados perhaps shop in a less 'upmarket' supermarket. biscuit

DefinitelyOdd Sun 09-Oct-16 16:51:35

After your shift finishes, you are a customer. Regardless of what you are wearing. You are being unreasonable.

mrsfuzzy Sun 09-Oct-16 16:51:52

a trolley load ?? how many packs is that then ? besides if do you make a habit of taking stuff out of other peoples trolleys if they have a bargain ?grin besides how many avocados can one person eat ? the reduced stuff is there for customers and she is a customer if her shift is finished, although perhaps she should have covered her uniform with a coat or the like.

Sparklesilverglitter Sun 09-Oct-16 16:52:30

If her shift was over or on her break, why should she get changed to go shopping? At that time she would be a customer too

The reduced items are for all customers to buy and shock that includes staff

I'm sure your survive with your reduced avocado OP

Starryeyed16 Sun 09-Oct-16 16:53:39

Yabu we used to get first dibs on reduced Easter eggs when I worked at tesco when I worked there.

DameXanaduBramble Sun 09-Oct-16 16:53:51

You shouldn't have taken from her trolley. If she has finished her shift then it's really not your concern.

Iwasjustabouttosaythat Sun 09-Oct-16 16:54:43

This is the weirdest thing I have ever read, even on MN. Really?

YAB hugely U. You're upset that another person got a discounted avocado before you. You're on a public forum expecting people to be as upset as you are.

Maybe you should stop shopping in "upmarket" supermarkets and just pay the full price for your precious avocados.

ayeokthen Sun 09-Oct-16 16:54:56

I don't understand why you tried to take something out of her trolley if she was pushing it about?

acasualobserver Sun 09-Oct-16 16:55:00

I agree, OP, it is galling when the lower orders behave in such a presumptuous fashion.

Coffeegivemecoffee Sun 09-Oct-16 16:56:05

When on a break or after a shift, why should she get changed to do her shopping? At that time she is a customer too

Reduced avocado are available for all to buy OP even staff

I highly doubt she had a "trolley load" of reduced avocado 😂 I'm sure your get over it op

00100001 Sun 09-Oct-16 16:56:52

I think the guy at my Tesco is VU, he works there, does the reductions out back, takes all the ones he wants andnoits them in the stock room, and then takes them to the shop floor for the customers. Then he finishes his shift a few hours later and pays for them.

DameXanaduBramble Sun 09-Oct-16 16:57:11

What would have been wrong is if she has saved them somewhere. End of shift? It's avocado fair game and you lost.

CozyAutumn Sun 09-Oct-16 16:57:23

If she came in to the store as a customer then she was just that, just as much as you were.

People who work in retail get enough crap already without grumpy customers keeping an eye on what they buy after their shift or when they are on their break. Mind your own.

00100001 Sun 09-Oct-16 16:57:57

ayeokthen she probably thought it was the reduced stuff being wheeled out to put in the shelves smile

PikachuLovesMilk Sun 09-Oct-16 16:58:29

It's got to be waitrose!

TallulahTheTiger Sun 09-Oct-16 16:58:50

Well of course YANBU avocados aren't for plebs like supermarket workers... Does she even know how to take the stone out without stabbing herself in the hand?!..... gringrin

EveOnline2016 Sun 09-Oct-16 17:02:27

Supermarket workers tend to be making minimum wage, why bar something that could be keeping them above water.

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