TikToker's Aldi checkout hack goes viral: 'Feels illegal'

A TikToker from the US has revealed his Aldi checkout hack, and it's since been viewed almost three million times.

"The next time you go grocery shopping, this hack will change your life," the man, who goes by @1980sgamer, tells his followers. "Just get all your food like usual... Then begin the checkout process by throwing all your food on the belt and then pay for your items."

A TikTok user's Aldi checkout hack has gone viral
A TikTok user's Aldi checkout hack has gone viral with some joking that it 'feels illegal', while others say it's how they've always shopped. Photo: TikTok/1980sgamer

He continues, showing himself putting his groceries straight into his trolley. "Now, you see all these people wasting their time bagging their groceries? Yeah, skip that," he said.

The TikToker then heads straight for his car, telling viewers: "Just head to your vehicle with all your groceries loose in your cart like this. Now for this hack to work, you're going to need two laundry baskets.


"Start throwing your food into those laundry baskets, just keep throwing it in there until you fill it up to the top."

Showing his two laundry baskets filled with food, he said, "And when it's done it should look something like this. So now you can just drive home."

Aldi checkout and laundry basket hack
The TikToker shows he pays for his groceries and simply puts them back into his trolley, before emptying into a laundry basket at his car. Photo: TikTok/1980sgamer

Then, he showed a woman unloading a basket from the car, adding: "And I just saved you a ton of time by skipping the bagging process with this great grocery hack."

The TikToker said it would "make checkout faster and is better for the environment".

"Why does this feel illegal?" one user commented, while another added, "Even better, bring your baskets inside the store... bam... mic drop."

"I do the same!" a third said, with someone else suggesting people use "smaller baskets so they aren't so heavy".

Many people agreed that the two big baskets would be too heavy for them to carry on their own.

"The thing is, I need those bags for the trash cans in the bathrooms," one user joked.

"I'll just keep bagging my reusable bags in the warmth of the store instead of spending more time outside in the winter," another added.

While others suggested this is normal in European countries with one user writing, "In Germany this IS normal."

"Confused in Belgian [because] this is a standard here," another joked.

Some also pointed out that this hack doesn't work if you don't have a car.

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