For connoisseurs, Publix is the grocery store “where shopping is a pleasure”. The popular supermarket chain was founded in 1930 in Winter Haven, Florida by George W. Jenkins as Publix Food Store. Ten years later, he opened a bigger store called Publix Super Market. He was hailed as a “food palace” for its many innovations, including marble, air conditioning and fluorescent lighting. Since then it has expanded throughout the Southeast, with more than 1,300 supermarkets known for their healthy options, delicious bakeries full of personalized cakes and the freshest sub sandwiches.But there could be more than meets the eye with this chain.Read on to hear warnings from former Publix employees.
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If the person walking past asks you for help with shopping, you might be inclined to buy some of their items as a good Samaritan. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s a lie.
“I worked at Publix and it was a common scam“, shared Redditor EaglesNest694U, adding that this has been going on for decades. “Most seasonals come in to buy ‘medicine’ and ‘essentials’ which they then sell or return.”
Of course, sometimes people are really in need, so Redditor suggests looking at purchased items to see if they can be easily returned. “Buying rotisserie chicken and bread doesn’t seem to be the items they would return or resell.” In these cases, your generous instincts are probably right.
Publix employees often go above and beyond, offering to carry your groceries and put them in your car. But unfortunately, employees cannot accept tips for this extra help.
Ex-employee Jack Petocz went viral on TikTok when he made a video about his experience working for the grocery chain. “They didn’t want us to bring groceries so they looked like they were customer service, so they made us wear this badge that told customers not to tip us,” he explains. -he.
The badge read “Takeout is our pleasure. No tipping, please.” However, as Petocz notes, “I was doing this job for $8.50 an hour in 100 degree heat.”
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According to a former employee in the produce section, a ton of perfectly good food is wasted in the grocery chain.
“There was a donation truck that came once a week, but each department just threw stuff to save freezer space,” @KeexieWeexie wrote on Twitter. “Our entire store would be prolly [sic] only give 10-20 boxes of assorted food to donations compared to the $1,000 of food thrown away every week (in my department alone!!!).”
The ex-employee says organic products and juices could not be donated, and freshly cut fruit and packaged goods would be discarded the same day. before their expiry date.
If you see a two-for-one discount, you can automatically throw both items into your cart whether you need them or not. But it is not necessary according to an ex-employee.
“Something I learned while working at Publix that I would have spent my whole life not knowing – you don’t have to buy multiples of any item to get the discount 😭 like if they were 2 for $5, just one would be $2.50,” @tinnkky tweeted. This is not the case in all supermarket chains.
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A little kindness always goes a long way, but at Publix it could get an employee a free lunch.
On Twitter, a user said he heard that if you compliment an employee to a manager, that employee will receive a coupon for a free subscription. In response, @marcodupa said: “I can confirm that as a former Publix employee, it’s true. You have to give a name and be specific in your compliment and the employee will receive a “customer compliment” valid for a half-submissive.”
There’s a reason Publix Deli Counter doesn’t use an automated ordering system like wawa– they are all about interacting with customers. But this can lead to a much longer experience, especially if multiple people are online.
“The policy definitely puts too much emphasis on ‘making shopping fun’ and drags the whole process way too many steps,” a former Publix deli employee posted on Reddit.
The same goes for sliced deli meats “because they bring you a slice to taste and they individually stack each slice of cheese on a separate piece of waxed paper,” adds a shopper with the username MajorOverMinorThird.
Of course, once your Pub sub arrives, it will be so good that it will make up for the wait.