Our supermarkets are just a few of the businesses that have remained open through the coronavirus pandemic.
The dedicated employees have continued to work hard to keep the nation stocked up with their essentials, despite the challenges they’ve been facing.
KentLive spoke to workers at Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s to find out what it’s really like to work there, what really grinds their gears about their customers and what they’re thinking behind their backs.
From customers who ask if their shift is nearly over, to those who whine about carrier bag prices.
While others spill the beans on the perks of the job.
A former Morrisons employee was brutally honest about some of the hidden truths about the popular supermarket.
This is what they said:
“No, we cannot give you things for free”
Even if it doesn’t scan.
We can’t give you our discount either so stop asking.
“Sometimes, we eat the food”
A box of Celebrations has broken and exploded all over the shop floor?
Oh no… guess that’s going somewhere discreet in the warehouse for snack time later…
“Yes, I do have to pay for my lunch – stop asking”
It’s a toss up between a greasy sausage sandwich from the staff canteen upstairs or the very same meal deal you came in to buy yourself.
“If you huff at me, I’ll go slower”
Huffing never got anyone anywhere and it certainly won’t make me scan your shopping faster.
“And if you’re rude to me, I’ll make you explode in my head”
It’s just one therapeutic technique us cashiers like to employ when we really can’t say what we want to to your face. Instead we’ll just smile overtly and make you disappear with our minds…
One anonymous ex-Tesco worker revealed their biggest bugbears about working there and some of the hidden truths.
This is what they said:
The dread of asking for someone’s ID – and then finding out they’re 30 anyway
Feel flattered I’m asking you to prove you’re old enough to buy that bottle of vodka, because I’m not doing it for fun.
That sigh you give when a customer pleads with you to knock some pennies off
The last box of 10 pack fish fingers has been opened – it’s probably just a damaged box but hey, I’ll knock 10 per cent off to avoid the drama.
The 5p charge for a carrier bag is definitely not my fault
Rolling your eyes when a customer blames Tesco for the 5p plastic bag charge – I’m all for saving the planet, but don’t take it out on the messenger.
I know it’s three minutes until we open, but I can’t unlock the doors just because you’re standing there
You’re early, that’s great. But unfortunately when we open at 7am, that means 7am. I’m sorry if it’s raining, or you’re cold. But looking at me with a face like thunder isn’t going to speed this process up.
“The frustration of people gathering around you as you knock 30p off a pack of mince”
Those yellow stickers are coming out, and its like shoppers can smell them a mile off.
A former Sainsbury’s worker vented their thoughts and they really didn’t hold back either.
Here is what they said:
Shall I tell off your child for you?
Oh no, poor little Olivia wasn’t allowed to have the Peppa Pig chocolate lolly.
Thankfully, Olivia has a plan. She’s going to scream and cry for an hour until you give in and almost ram that lolly up her nose.
If you don’t do it, I will. Shut up, Olivia.
I’m only going to pretend to look in the back
Honestly, the only reason any retail worker agrees to go and ‘look in the back” is so they can go to the store room and text their friends about the annoying customer that just asked them to go and look in the back.
Have you ever seen a supermarket store room? I’m more likely to find Oz than I am to find your soy alternative to a Gillette razor.
Never ask me if my shift is over soon
If my shift was over soon I’d be smiling
No, it’s not.
In fact, you just saw me arrive at the till and tell the person on there that it’s shift swap time.
Why would I say that if it wasn’t that I had just started? I’m going to be here for another eight hours you cretin.
My manager doesn’t care either
Oh no, the green pepper you picked up has a slight bruise on it. Well, in that case, put it back and pick up another one.
Don’t come over to me with your pepper and inform me that it’s bruised, because I have never cared about anything less in my life.
In fact, feel free to tell my manager because I guarantee they will look at you like the moron that you are.