Originally Posted by Steve Kroll
I stopped going there several years ago because they charged customers a quarter to use their shopping carts.
I actually made 50 cents off the carts when I went there yesterday. I offered a quarter to a lady after she was done emptying her cart into her car and she refused the quarter and let me have the cart. Then after shopping, I returned the cart to get my quarter back and I noticed someone had abandoned a cart with a quarter in it, so I returned both carts and made 50 cents.
For those who've never been there, you have to stick a quarter into a cart to unlock it so you can use it. Keeps the staff from having to round up carts.
I also like how efficient (German afterall) the checkout is. The clerks don't fart around bagging up groceries. Instead the items get scanned and placed directly into your cart and then you can push the cart over to these tables so that you can neatly place them in bags (have to bring your own). Some Aldi stores keep a bin of boxes from their products so that you can grab a few to put your groceries into. If they don't have a bin like this, you can peruse the shelves and look for almost empty boxes and take the items out and throw the empty box in your cart.