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Have you ever witnessed the Tesco battle?

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7SunshineSeven7 Wed 01-Feb-17 09:58:20

It happens in the fruit and veg section and in the fridge section.

The reduced stuff gets put out later on at night and its like everyone loses their mind. Elbows go flying, people start swearing. I saw an old man push into a woman with his trolley for some grapes. The poor worker putting the stuff out has a deep, harrowing look in their eyes as they try to throw the stuff down and get away!

It is insane. 10/10 would recommend. grin

CherryChasingDotMuncher Wed 01-Feb-17 10:00:59

There are supermarket workers on MN who say they've refused to do the yellow stickering as it's so brutal and people are so rude. My grandad actually follows the Whoops man around the store, with a cohort of other tight arses people blushgrin

RacoonBandit Wed 01-Feb-17 10:03:14

Had a chat with a morrisons worker who was putting out the reduced stuff once. He said they draw lots as all the staff fear for their lives. confused

7SunshineSeven7 Wed 01-Feb-17 10:05:46

I've been that worker putting the stuff out. I used to sticker it all up in the back, get to the space it was going, throw it down and literally bolt out of the way. Sometimes I still have flashbacks that that dark time. grin

Brankolium Wed 01-Feb-17 10:05:46

Yes, total and utter madness.

In my local Tesco Extra people queue up for half an hour waiting for the reduced stuff to be put it out in those tall trolleys with shelves. It's gets so crazy that they have a staff member at the front of the queue letting people in one at a time. They queue for ages, with the queue itself snaking round one end of the shop, and they get antsy if you need to squeeze past because they think you're trying to push in. All for a tiny reductions on random things.

My other local Tesco is much more normal and civilized and the things they reduce are actually useful. I prefer this shop!

ALemonyPea Wed 01-Feb-17 10:07:13

You should try the M&S one, its middle class craziness. Handbags at dawn.

SleepFreeZone Wed 01-Feb-17 10:07:50

I just started shopping at Lidl and Aldi. It's so much more civilised.

GoesDownLikeACupOfColdSick Wed 01-Feb-17 10:09:11

I actively avoid the things with yellow stickers. I'd rather it was that bit fresher!

7SunshineSeven7 Wed 01-Feb-17 10:09:54

A queue! Never heard of that one.

I like watching people loiter around the shelf were stuff gets put. They fake like they're not interested and looking around at other stuff but their eyes keep glancing frantically to the shelf so they can dive in at the exact right moment.

CaoNiMa Wed 01-Feb-17 10:13:28

Mealy-mouthed, miserly, curmudgeonly behaviour in the extreme. I can picture the sort of person who would do this. All morals and politesse out the window for the sake of 20p off a Ginsters pork pie that's past its sell-by date. Grim.

DJKKSlider Wed 01-Feb-17 10:14:56

I used to do reductions for the Bakery in ASDA.
It is not a place to work if you have even the slightest misanthropic leanings.

The people there, some regulars, were little more than animalistic.
Two women grab the same baguette, its like trumps launched the nukes.
Refusing to lower a price for someone leads to thepreats of bodily harm.
I was insulted, threatened, belittled, patronised etc all by people trying to save 5p on an iced bun.

"I'm a doctor, your just a shelf stacker, I'll have you sacked"
"If you're a doctor why do you need to save 5p on an iced bun?"

"I know you're store manager, if you doing reduce this I'll get you sacked"
"Do you know john then?"
'Yes"
"Our managers name is Steve"
"You think you're clever don't you? I'll be out side when you finish tonight"
"You don't know what time I finish"

So on and so on.
Horrible. Glad I left.
My colleagues were alright though.

gaelicgirl100 Wed 01-Feb-17 10:16:53

I did the fresh food stock control for a year or so in tesco years ago. My hours were part time so my job was solely reducing prices.
It was mental, you definitely needed a sense of humour.
But I got to know the regulars who'd follow me around, sometimes we'd need security input if it was around xmas.
the approach from tesco was that it was cheaper to get it sold for pennies that bin it and pay to get the food removed (compacted in a massive smelly machine, no skip dipping!)

Honestly, the worst part of the job was the nerve damage in my hands from the fridges, not seeing ppl trying their hardest to feed their family on a tight budget.

scaryclown Wed 01-Feb-17 10:16:56

Its like a zombie apocalypse in my local. dead eyed people staring at anyone who looks like they might be going to price up reductions..peering through the double doors etc.

I've seen people loading uo their trolley and when their back is turned to get more, others taking it out. Some are networked with each other on mobiles and call people over frkm other parts of the store, or even in from the nearby estate if there is a lot..eg our local had about 800 pork pies one day.. it was like a factory holiday for the estate..

Whats weird is that a lot of them are paying £1 for a small ready meal that costs less to make in bulk..so its less about cost saving than just being a vulture. Its a bit frightening. ..

Only1scoop Wed 01-Feb-17 10:24:25

I broke me leg once and was in Asda in a wheelchair....innocently parked near the full priced bread selection perusing tiger bread. OH then nipped to find some donuts.

Unknowingly, a large reduced rack was being wheeled out next to me....I was actually wheeled out of the way by someone saying "I need to reach that loaf"shock

Only1scoop Wed 01-Feb-17 10:25:37

Scary grin

HappyFlappy Wed 01-Feb-17 10:26:09

've seen this phenomenon, but don't get involved as I fear for my life and limbs - annoying as I love a bargain .

It's like watching seagulls round a tip!

quarkinstockcubes Wed 01-Feb-17 10:26:14

Dh went recently to an out of town store and spotted something and put it on his basket. An elderly woman approached him to tell him that the reduced items were only for local people and she knew he wasn't local hmm

Backt0Black Wed 01-Feb-17 10:26:16

Its the 'touchers' I cant bear.

If I'm walking past I'll have an 'at a distance 'reccy' at whether there is anything 'fun' I could use that day. But NO...there is always a 'toucher' who has to pick up every item, slowly, methodically, as if handling the olympic torch, read all the packaging, mentally calculate the amount its been reduced by, convert that in a percentage saving. And then do it all again with VERY item.

Look - do you even like 'tofu' NO????? then put it fucking well down, it DOESN'T MATTER HOW CHEAP IT IS!!!!!!! argghhhhhhh

Backt0Black Wed 01-Feb-17 10:26:36

*EVERY item (rage made for poor typing)

MusicToMyEars800 Wed 01-Feb-17 10:26:59

in my local Tesco express when they put all the reduced stuff in one place, it's like night of the living dead a horde of people all clogging up the whole isle, it's like they are trying to get to the food!! I mean it's great that you can get a £3.00 pack of berries for about 20p but it just ain't worth it, I avoid like the plague at that time of the evening.

7SunshineSeven7 Wed 01-Feb-17 10:27:24

Only1scoop shock The cheeky git, what did you say? Should have smacked them with a baguette.

Taking stuff out of a trolley when they turn for more is pretty normal behaviour here. You have to use your child as a look out, sit them in the trolley so they can fight off any thieves!

7SunshineSeven7 Wed 01-Feb-17 10:31:05

See I don't get it either, a lot of the time its only 10p off! Its still over £1. Its not even worth it!

I saw an organic free range goose(I think that's what it was) in the Asda the other day, it was marked down from £13.99 to £12.49. Who is spending that in the reduced section?!

Only1scoop Wed 01-Feb-17 10:31:26

I was so shocked I don't think I actually spoke....OH couldn't believe it when he returned with his donuts.

HollywoodStunt Wed 01-Feb-17 10:32:34

Being on a really low income I get the need to bargain hunt but Tesco's reductions are so small it's not worth it. There's stuff reduced by only a penny ffs

MusicToMyEars800 Wed 01-Feb-17 10:33:14

it's like they haven't eaten for weeks and are desperately trying to get to the food!! << that's what my previous post should've said, clearly I haven't had enough caffeine yet grin >>

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