If you're planning a big meal this Bank Holiday or just keen to get the weekly shop out of the way so you can enjoy the rest of your weekend then these tips might come in handy.

There's a long list of secrets only people who have worked in supermarkets will know but now we can reveal 11 of them to you.

Whether you hate queuing at the till or cringe whenever you're asked for ID, these truths could totally change the way you shop in supermarkets.

Our sister publication Kent Live spoke to a former Tesco employee who revealed 11 things that every supermarket worker wishes shoppers knew.

The dread of asking for someone's ID - and then finding out they're 30 anyway

Feel flattered I'm asking you to prove you're old enough to buy that bottle of vodka, because I'm not doing it for fun.

I know it's three minutes until we open, but I can't unlock the doors just because you're standing there

You're early, that's great. But unfortunately when we open at 7am, that means 7am. I'm sorry if it's raining, or you're cold. But looking at me with a face like thunder isn't going to speed this process up.

Huffing and puffing in the queue won't make me go any quicker on the checkouts

I'm not deliberately going slow - it's just busy in here.

These supermarket secrets could change the way you shop

The Tesco fleeces are so incredibly comfortable

They aren't the most flattering items of clothing to wear, but they are amazingly warm in those chilly winter months.

The frustration of people gathering around you as you knock 30p off a pack of mince

Those yellow stickers are coming out, and its like shoppers can smell them a mile off.

The mindless game you play trying to squeeze another box of dolly mix on the shelf so you can finally get it off cage


We all know those huge cages can get in the way, but getting the products off them is the real task.

My lunch isn't a free Tesco meal deal, let me assure you

Going on lunch and finding yourself short of a few quid so you opt for that Tesco Everyday Value thick sliced bread that your managers generously left in the staff room.

That sigh you give when a customer pleads with you to knock some pennies off

The last box of 10 pack fish fingers has been opened - it's probably just a damaged box but hey, I'll knock 10 per cent off to avoid the drama.


The 5p charge for a carrier bag is definitely not my fault

Rolling your eyes when a customer blames Tesco for the 5p plastic bag charge - I'm all for saving the planet, but don't take it out on the messenger.

Supermarket workers quickly learn loyal customers' routines

Clocking onto loyal customers' routines

That's right, Barbara. I see you doing the weekly shop at 7pm every Wednesday.

I saw you last week, and the week before that, and the week before that...

I hate the self service tills more than you

And impatiently waving your product in front of the scanner isn't going to make my life any easier.

I hold the power to unlock these bad boys, and the red light flashing above you has already told me you need my help.