I stopped at the Aldi store on Bebington Road today
and before entering the store made a donation to a very pleasant seller of the big issue and we had a bit of a chat. She was in her mid twenties and earning money to feed her two year old son. My wife and I did our shopping and she smiled and waved to us as we entered.
At some point whilst we were inside it had started to rain rather heavily and she was still standing out in the rain. As we left I told her to come and stand under the canopy out of the rain but she said it was not allowed. The shop staff would shout at her and make a complaint and she would lose her authentication certificate and her pitch which she had been allocated.
Big issue sellers buy the magazines to sell on, and are designated a pitch so only one is allowed in that location.
I went into the store and asked the store manager, Steven, if it was his policy or the stores. He told me it was the stores policy but he agreed with it and said, “I would rather them not be there. If you let one out of the rain you will get a dozen standing there”
I phoned head office and was told the same thing there, “It is our store policy, if you let one get away with it we will have loads of people asking for money for charitys and the like.”
So for the sake of one sideways step to stand inside the canopy this poor girl has to stand in the wind and rain, because if she does not turn up and stay she will lose her pitch and go back on to a long waiting list.
How mean spirited of Aldi to have this kind of ‘policy‘ that will not let someone shelter out of the rain.
My ‘policy’ from now on is not to shop at Aldi.