Over the weekend, I had a 10-minute conversation with a friend about a new grocery store that was opening up in our neighborhood. We chatted about the pros and cons of the various chains, and when I got home I subscribed to AARP and cried myself to sleep.
This is the kind of thing that happens when you get older, you spend a lot more time running errands and having opinions about said errands. Which isn’t to say that you can’t have fun. One dad is proving that you can use your knowledge of grocery stores for the greater good, by creating a viral video of himself doing an impression of a cashier at one of the trendy new chains.
If you live in certain areas, the Aldi grocery store chain has likely taken it by storm, largely because of its highly affordable prices. Travis Cunningham and his wife recently became customers of their local Aldi, and after their first experience, they noticed something that had them laughing their butts off.
Aldi requires customers to bring their own bags and bag their own groceries, but that doesn’t mean the cashiers don’t have a hand in it. In fact, after they scan the customer’s items, they place them back in the cart so the customer can leave the line and bag them up. The idea seems to be to improve efficiency and make the lines move faster, and the cashier the Cunninghams had was not messing around.
“I was taken aback by how quickly they scanned and the means in which they placed the items in the cart,” Travis told Today. “I thought the worker was just having a bad day and Taylor could tell I was about to say something and basically held her hand over my mouth. I wasn’t angry, I was basically laughing wondering if this person just hated canned goods or was going for a high score shooting them into the cart.”
Travis and his wife, Taylor, were so amused, that when they got home they filmed Travis doing an impersonation of their cashier, using their kid’s play grocery store, plastic food items, and shopping cart as props. People are here for it.
The resulting video has gone crazy viral, garnering over 18 million views on Facebook alone. Travis kicks it off by saying, “Welcome to Aldi,” and then spends the rest of the video haphazardly tossing each item into the cart with zero regard for anything but speed.
Travis insists he means no disrespect to the grocery store chain, and that it’s all in good fun.
“We shop at Aldi. We certainly meant no disrespect to the employees or company,” said Taylor. “As far as the impression goes, that’s just a normal night at our house. We have lots of fun and sometimes that fun turns into over-the-top impersonations that lead to tears from laughter.”
Finally, a reason to feel good about grocery shopping.