The “lazy” and “shameful” act of an ALDI customer with an expensive roast beef has been criticized by social media users.
Sharing in a popular Facebook group, an ALDI shopper posted a photo showing how the customer had left a $38 rib roast in the bottled water section of the supermarket.
It appears that the customer had decided that they no longer wanted the premium piece of meat, but rather than return it to the deli section, they “selfishly” left it in the non-refrigerated beverage aisle.
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“This very expensive rack of ribs, which cost $38, a very expensive cut of meat, had to be thrown away after alerting a member of staff,” wrote the shopper who shared the image on the Aldi Fans Australia page.
“Ninety-eight percent of customers do the right thing and put it back where it belongs, the other 2 percent don’t give a shit.
“ALDI tries to keep prices low for customers, but it is only a matter of time before prices go up just because of irresponsible people.
“If I ever see anyone do this, I’ll take matters into my own hands. It’s time for these people to shop somewhere else, not ALDI.”
The shopper went on to say that the refrigerated meat section was only a few feet from where the roast beef had been dumped.
“Some people can be so irresponsible: they are in such a hurry that they cannot walk eight meters and put it back in the refrigeration section,” he added.
Dozens of ALDI fans agreed that it was a “low act”.
‘Such waste is horrible’
“I’m not saying I’m perfect and have put items back in the wrong places, but never food that would go bad,” said one.
Another added: “The worst: an animal has died to give this and other meat. Such waste is horrible.”
A third wrote: “They are lazy people and those same people are the ones who complain about the price increase.
“People don’t understand the costing method in a supermarket. Wasted products, stolen products, even discounted due to use by – all of these things add up and affect the cost we pay at the checkout.”
One more said: “This is one of my biggest pet peeves! She is pure laziness. I can’t stand it. If you don’t even bother to put it back in the right place, at least try putting it in the fridge.”
Another wrote: “Not to mention the poor animal they killed so they can now throw it away.”
Several retail workers also weighed in on the discussion, saying it was a common problem faced by supermarket staff.
“I work at ALDI. You’d be surprised how much this happens, people also decide they don’t want refrigerated items and just leave them in the frozen section,” said one.
“But they don’t realize if they do, it still can’t be sold, we can’t sell something that’s been frozen when it shouldn’t be.”
Another said: “I used to work at Coles and this happens all day…sometimes customers only have to walk 10 steps to return cold or frozen food. But no, they throw it on the shelf to go to waste.”
Another added: “Happens at Woolworths and Coles too, it’s not just ALDI.”
ALDI encourages customers who no longer want an item they have put in their cart or basket, especially a refrigerated item, to return it for others to enjoy to avoid unnecessary food waste.