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Next time you're doing your shopping, spare a thought for the staff members keeping supermarkets running.
The dedicated employees work hard to keep the nation fed – and face more challenges than you may expect.
KentLive spoke to workers at Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s to get the lowdown on what their jobs are really like.
The workers dished the dirt on what really annoys them – including customers who whinge about plastic bag charges or let their kids throw tantrums.
Meanwhile, others spilled on perks like getting first dibs on free food.
Here are their most eye-opening confessions.
A former Morrisons employee was brutally honest about some of the hidden truths about the popular supermarket.
This is what they said:
"Sometimes I don't even know where things are"
We have to take you to the thing you're looking for.
I don't want to accompany you to the right aisle to help find the exact item you're looking for, but I have to.
Sometimes I don't even know where things are – especially the obscure stuff.
"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…
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"But the worst are the ones who graze as they shop"
The ones that pick at French sticks and eating half a bag of cookies before they get to the till are absolutely shameless.
Then you have to touch the grubby packaging when you put it through the till. Great.
"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.
"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:
"My lunch isn't a free Tesco meal deal, let me assure you"
Going on lunch and finding yourself short of a few quid so you opt for that Tesco Everyday Value thick sliced bread that your managers generously left in the staff room.
"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.
"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.
"The Tesco fleeces are so incredibly comfortable"
They aren't the most flattering items of clothing to wear, but they are amazingly warm in those chilly winter months.
"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:
"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.
"Never say 'Oh actually, I've got the 3p'"
You're not being helpful because it complicates everything. Once we've put in the till what you've given us, you can't give us extra because that would mean calculating in our heads what change to give you back.
Have you ever tried doing maths after a mind-numbing day of scanning produce, lady? HAVE YOU? It just can't be done.
"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.
"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.
"We know you know what 10 items or less means"
No it's not okay for you to bring your entire monthly shop through my basket-only till, the sign is there for a reason, people. You aren't special.
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