It’s one of the most popular supermarkets in the UK, and it’s easy to understand Aldi’s appeal.
The German chain is renowned for its reasonable prices – and speedy checkout operations.
The supermarket’s focus on speedy service is often discussed – with some loving the ruthlessness, while others admit defeat as their shopping flies towards them.
On Twitter, one brutal shopper tweeted: “Maintaining eye contact with the Aldi man while he scans my groceries with insane speed but I am bagging them just as fast. He begins to sweat.
“I throw a yoghurt in my bag like a grenade. A single tear rolls down his cheek. I’ve won.”
Another joked: “Air hockey and ALDI speed checkout bag packing should really have been included in the Olympics long ago..”
But a recent rant about “annoying” shoppers packing at the till caused a storm on social media, North Wales Live first spotted.
Hundreds of people in the Aldi UK Shoppers group , which has almost 170,000 members, waded in to share their thoughts.
The woman wrote: “Why do people that use Aldi not understand you don’t pack a trolley full of food into your bags at the till!!! That’s the whole point! Annoying…very annoying.”
But some disagreed – while others defended their decision to pack at the till, claiming it didn’t matter if you kept up speed-wise.
One said: “I agree. I used to do this pre-pandemic but my store stopped us doing it last year. I now pack straight into my car.”
Another said: “I do as I don’t have time to mess as I shop before work. I keep up with the person on the till so there’s no issue.”
Others admitted they see it as a game – and take pride in coming out on top.
One person joked: “I love playing beat the cashier, I’m quite a pro and normally win.”
The post became a space of pooled knowledge – as seasoned shoppers advised setting out empty bags in the trolley to make packing easier.
But others pointed out that the chain urges shoppers to use the parking bench in order to stop any delays.
One bold shopper wrote: “I will pack mine at the till in my own time, I’m not rushing for any miserable gits and if I can see they are annoyed I will enjoy taking longer.”
But others agreed that it’s better to pack away from the till – for your own sanity.
One said: “I love the fact that I can pack my stuff at my own pace on the wide shelf at the back. So much more civilized than trying to stuff it all in at the till.”
Another agreed, writing: “I don’t really care myself what people do, I’ll happily wait my turn. But I personally go to the packing area after throwing it all in my trolley because my anxiety gets so bad with how quick they scan things, and also worry about people behind me (like you.. who are quite obviously very judgemental).”