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Discount giant Aldi 'took government subsidies'
The Local ^ | 7 May 12 15:26 CET | (The Local/jcw)

Posted on 05/09/2012 4:19:46 PM PDT by Olog-hai

German discount supermarket giant Aldi, which has consistently made its owners the richest men in the country, has been taking government subsidies to train employees, it emerged at the weekend.

But weekly magazine Der Spiegel said many details remain shrouded in secrecy even by the government, to protect the commercial interests of Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd—separate but associated companies.

Information officially requested from the Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG) did show that Aldi training was being paid for with government funds, but details were scarce. …

(Excerpt) Read more at thelocal.de ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Germany; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: aldi; subsidies

1 posted on 05/09/2012 4:19:51 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai; Clintonfatigued

Aldi is the parent company for Trader Joe’s.


2 posted on 05/09/2012 4:22:53 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The stench of Earth Pimp-age is permeating over the internet...)
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To: GOPsterinMA

I’m assuming Aldi is also the parent company of the Aldi stores all over the place around here (at least in west central Florida).


3 posted on 05/09/2012 4:39:17 PM PDT by G-dzilla
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To: GOPsterinMA
I have shopped at Aldi's twice ... maybe three times .. since I became aware of them ... ohhh ... I don't know, 10 or 15 years ago ?

I've bever seen more than one girl at a bank of 4 cash registers .. even with a crowd.

4 posted on 05/09/2012 4:40:00 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: G-dzilla

They are. They seem to be taking on Save-A-Lot.


5 posted on 05/09/2012 4:42:43 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The stench of Earth Pimp-age is permeating over the internet...)
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To: knarf

The one I’ve been to is new and clean...but come to think of it, they only have one register open at all times.

You’re right!


6 posted on 05/09/2012 4:44:04 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The stench of Earth Pimp-age is permeating over the internet...)
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To: knarf

“I’ve bever seen more than one girl at a bank of 4 cash registers .. even with a crowd. “

And you had to bag it yourself. That’s how they keep their prices on most items dirt cheap.


7 posted on 05/09/2012 4:45:09 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Olog-hai

Is this supposed to be some kind of scandal? In the US, thousands of companies and millions of people take advantage of government training programs.


8 posted on 05/09/2012 4:48:05 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: GOPsterinMA; G-dzilla

Aldi Nord is the parent of Trader Joe’s. Aldi Sud is the parent of Aldi in the US.

In Germany, Aldi Sud tends to have the Catholic areas, Aldi Nord the Protestant. And they split up the rest of the world between them after they split Germany.


9 posted on 05/09/2012 5:06:23 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: PAR35; G-dzilla

That’s really interesting - divided by religion. Wow.

Thanks for the scoop.


10 posted on 05/09/2012 5:17:12 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The stench of Earth Pimp-age is permeating over the internet...)
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To: iowamark

I know at our home owned grocery store they take state money to employ Down’s Syndrome and disabled adults but I don’t care.

It is better than them living on disability and they have the dignity of working and being productive citizens unlike a lot of able bodied people who just choose to live off the government completely.


11 posted on 05/09/2012 5:27:25 PM PDT by tiki
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To: knarf

Aldi can get crazy, with a queue going halfway to the back of the store, but in maybe ten minutes after that, other employees show up at cash registers. All is scanned and usually the cashiers keep chitchat to a minimum.

Anyhow is this even a scandal, any more than government programs aimed at training various menial workers in general?


12 posted on 05/09/2012 5:34:08 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: Olog-hai

I’m just shocked. You mean they actually have corruption and a good old boy network in Germany?


13 posted on 05/09/2012 5:34:49 PM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: tiki

Over the past several years, I’ve made it a point to get to know some of the Downe’s workers. They’re very shy, but really respond to being acknowledged and complemented for their work.

They really are trying hard.


14 posted on 05/09/2012 5:41:09 PM PDT by EggsAckley ( There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply ! ! ..)
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To: PAR35

That is hilarious! Aldi supermarkets here is a strange unique operation I go there once in a while


15 posted on 05/09/2012 5:52:48 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: GOPsterinMA
There are cultural differences ~ for example, in Bayern you might ask "What does that cost", but in Cologne it could be "What will that cost me" ~ used to know both expressions so that I could whip them right out there and sound native ~ but you have to learn to listen to what the clerks are saying to know which one to use ~ there has been mixing in modern times!

Aldi's divisions may have more to do with transportation links in the 1950s though.

Go to their European websites and wander through checking out the stuff for sale. The basic trick with Aldi is they LIMIT THE NUMBER OF DIFFERENT ITEMS SOLD in the stores, and run special deals as they can be arranged ~ so maybe camping tents in December and snow shoes in June.

16 posted on 05/09/2012 6:04:31 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: EggsAckley

Of those who work at this store 2 are very friendly and like to talk and one is very quiet but he loves it if you acknowledge him by name.


17 posted on 05/09/2012 6:59:45 PM PDT by tiki
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To: Olog-hai

Do most of my shopping at Aldi’s in FL. Can save over 50% of what similar items would cost at Publix. Stores are much smaller, no name brands, everything is a house brand, quality varies widely - some excellent, others not so much, don’t carry a lot of items. A lot like shopping in a 1960s supermarket.


18 posted on 05/09/2012 7:08:08 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

My favorite thing about ALDI? NO music, dead silence. I loathe being distracted by tasteless, tired garbage “rock and roll” from the 1960s - 1990s.

Who ever decided that blaring bad music makes people spend more?


19 posted on 05/09/2012 7:47:48 PM PDT by oprahstheantichrist (The MSM is a demonic stronghold, PLEASE pray accordingly - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
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To: Olog-hai

What I do know- is mushrooms are on sale for .69cents per 8 oz this week in my area. Making mushrooms $1.38 a pound. Great for dehydrating....Walmart is well over $2 a lb...


20 posted on 05/10/2012 3:15:33 AM PDT by Freddd (No PA Engineers)
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To: muawiyah

Thank you for the info - very interesting!


21 posted on 05/10/2012 8:09:19 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The stench of Earth Pimp-age is permeating over the internet...)
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To: GOPsterinMA
The company(s) say they split the company between the two brothers on account of the issue of selling cigarettes at the cash register.

Guess one of them wanted to keep them in a locked cabinet and the other probably thought the behind the clerk racks (like we used to see everywhere) were better.

They don't sell cigarettes in the US, and I'd guess that's due to the risk factor ~ people steal them.

My mother always liked Aldi but my wife didn't. Then, we both grew older and found Aldi's smaller stores, and reduced variety made it much easier to shop. We do not need to buy any product we feel is inferior though, so we might sometimes go to a Giant or Safeway.

We also shop at a nearby Trader Joe's. They also have the cheap wine ~ but the Aldi's stores have a simply incredible wine selection for a little store that sells groceries.

So, mom was right.

22 posted on 05/10/2012 8:23:16 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: tiki; EggsAckley

i agree..a decent use of tax revenue in the private sector


23 posted on 05/10/2012 8:35:28 AM PDT by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: muawiyah
“Guess one of them wanted to keep them in a locked cabinet and the other probably thought the behind the clerk racks (like we used to see everywhere) were better.”

I don't know. Which one?

“We do not need to buy any product we feel is inferior though...”

Agreed. I only buy a few things at Aldi. I find the quality of the produce is very, very low for example. OTOH, the hot dogs, potato chips, etc. are fine for a BBQ.

“We also shop at a nearby Trader Joe's. They also have the cheap wine ~ but the Aldi’s stores have a simply incredible wine selection for a little store that sells groceries.”

Here in Msssholechusetts, I think there are only 3 TJ’s that are “allowed” to sell alcohol. The Aldi I go to - dry like the desert.

“So, mom was right.”

They tend to be!

24 posted on 05/10/2012 8:40:40 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The stench of Earth Pimp-age is permeating over the internet...)
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