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The Madcap
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There's this store opening up in my hometown called "Aldi." Upon looking at Wikipedia, apparently they're based in Germany, and most of the locations are in Europe.

I really have never seen or heard of one until now. It looks like a grocery store which is fine and dandy. But what confused me was before the structure was built, and it was just an open field, some people in my town actually protested out there, holding up signs saying to "Stop Aldi" and has a web address to petition and shit to prevent it from being built there.

Anyways, since so many of you guys are from Europe, I figured I'd ask you guys if you know anything about the stores or if you've been to one. And if so, what's so special about them? Or what would cause people to protest them? I looked online and didn't really see anything "protestable."

Or maybe you're from the US and are around one of their US locations. I don't know how many are in the US, but I've never heard or seen one.
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Is Aldi the one where the checkout operators are fast as hell?
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I've seen a few around where I live, I've never actually been inside one, so I don't exactly have an opinion on the store.
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I cannot imagine how far back in time the south is if this is the first Aldi store you've seen. It must really be the 1950s down there.
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They're actually pretty good if you don't mind trying non-label brands. You can get some pretty decent stuff for cheap, from food to the random shit you always want to have but probably won't use.

I wouldn't say there's anything exceedingly special about it, but it's a decent store. Its main competitor is Lidl, if you've heard of them. They're both pretty much the same, although personally I think Aldi is slightly better for deals on things that could be useful.
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Is Aldi the one where the checkout operators are fast as hell?

Yeah, I think the checkout staff have competitions to see who can get the fastest times, which is good for efficiency of course.
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I cannot imagine how far back in time the south is if this is the first Aldi store you've seen. It must really be the 1950s down there.


You live in Maryland which is a southern state
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It's a standard supermarket, it's just dirt cheap. They're good for buying stuff like toiletries etc
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I wish there was an Aldi closer to me, their food is so cheap.
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Aldi and Lidl are really common in Europe. They sell mostly generic products so it ends up being pretty affordable. My dad loves them.

Are the folks protesting specifically against the Aldi chain, or generally against building a store on that piece of land?
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Probably just complaining about another big corporation taking away business from the locals. If it's anything like lidl you are in for a treat, amusingly named German brand rip offs for half the price, every item ever produced by JML, and a ever changing selection of items you don't usually find at the supermarket, such as £30 electric guitars, ski's, bags of cement or flavoured dildos.
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They're like Lidl except there isn't an Aldi two minutes from my house.

I was there earlier and it was £1.89 for four pink lady apples. I could probably get a metric tonne of chocolate from that place for £1.89. So shopping there isn't advised if yer on a diet.

I've applied for a job there in the past, I understand they don't treat their workers well and overwork them though (this is lidl I'm talking about, I kinda think of them as the same thing).
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#17
Never heard of it.

Edit: seems to be an Eastern thing.


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They used to sell chocolate made with 80% cocoa, which you'd think would make it really rich, but it was actually the nicest chocolate I've ever tasted, and it was cheap!
From what I understand their staff get paid a fair bit more than the average supermarket staff and the company offer decent incentives for speed through checkouts and stuff like that.
I don't have any idea why people would be protesting over it though, unless it's just the general reduction of green space?
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you make it sound as if they import a load of German teenagers to work the tills as well
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you make it sound as if they import a load of German teenagers to work the tills as well

Every Aldi I've ever been to is full of everyone but Germans. Seriously, everyone there is foreign. It makes me feel better about being a filthy immigrant myself.
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you make it sound as if they import a load of German teenagers to work the tills as well

Yes, and each Aldi store comes with it's very own trio of these guys:

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Aldi is owned by the same people that own Trader Joe's. Its' a similar concept; lots of frozen foods, boxed stuff, pre-packaged things.

It's where all the Somalians in Minneapolis shop. It's like Little Mogadishu.
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#23
Aldi is ****ing awesome. 99c Arizona tea for 79c. Mostly generic brands, but it's so ****ing cheap and awesome.
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If you mean worse, as in, have better education, more money, and are just flat out better people than you which makes you jealous and suicidal, then yes, we are worse.


You guys also have that whole defensivism thing going for you.

So...there's that.
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Sorry, I know different parts of the world have different things going on, but Aldi is a household name here. It's strange to hear someone who has no idea what it is.

It's a store that stocks awesomely cheap generic brands. Whenever I move out and have to do groceries, you damn well know it will be at Aldi. Buy in bulk and save money. Win win!

Anyone who protests it are dumbasses. Yeah, go ahead, pay more for your junk.
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Aldi is ****ing awesome. 99c Arizona tea for 79c. Mostly generic brands, but it's so ****ing cheap and awesome.

as he ^ said, Aldi's are awesome; good generic food for cheap.

Sadly, US ones don't have the goofy German named products.

And if you go, bring a quarter, you'll need one for the shopping cart lock. You get it back after the cart is put back though.
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You guys also have that whole defensivism thing going for you.

So...there's that.


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You guys also have that whole defensivism thing going for you.

So...there's that.

If you insult a persons hometown you're probably going to get some kind of backlash.
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I was being facetious.
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If you mean worse, as in, have better education, more money, and are just flat out better people than you which makes you jealous and suicidal, then yes, we are worse.


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Neat.
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It's pretty good, I like how they don't pack your items into plastic bags. They just scan them through and slide them down the moving ramp and you have to pack them into your trolley or your own plastic bags yourself.
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#37
Is store with cheap, decent tasting off-brand foods.
I like.

They don't do bags or anything though.
You've gotta bring your own boxes or smth to keep the items in.
You can also use the empty ones you find on shelves.

It feels really lower class, but
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They don't do bags or anything though.
You've gotta bring your own boxes or smth to keep the items in.

They have bags over here, but we're a first world country.
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