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Fact Check: Aldi Cashier Refusing To Ring Up Alcohol

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:44:12 Z)

Twitter user @BelfastBrit0151 posted following tweet and image:

The image in the tweet (archived here) shows a till in an Aldi supermarket with a printed sign affixed to it that reads "NO ALCOHOL IS ABLE TO BE SERVED ON THIS TILL. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE".

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Apparently the image is real since the official twitter account of Aldi UK has reacted to the tweet with the image:

The exact reasons why this particular Aldi employee is unable to ring up alcohol orders on his or her till are not known at this time. It is also not know if the person manning the till in the picture is the actual person unable or unwilling to ring up alcohol. It is also not clear what is meant by "placed in the most suitable positions moving forwards". It could indicate that the unwilling employee has been moved into a different postion but we haven't received any confirmation about this.

We have reached out to Aldi UK and will update this article if/when we receive a reply.

So far Aldi has not issued any press releases or statements about the incident. Their most recent press release is actually about their whisky range winning several awards:

(31st July 2017) Five of discount supermarket Aldi's own label whiskies have been praised by industry experts, and awarded top medals at the renowned Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters - beating off competition from bottles costing more than double the price.

Quite ironic given that one of their own employees is apparently refusing to sell their prize-winning whisky...

About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

Read more about or contact Maarten Schenk

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