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Detective: Aldi spies on staff private lives
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Detective: Aldi spies on staff private lives

Published: 07 Jan 2013 07:37 GMT+01:00
Updated: 07 Jan 2013 07:37 GMT+01:00

A former detective for the budget supermarket Aldi has claimed the chain deploys detectives and secret cameras to spy on its workers, according to a Der Spiegel published on Monday. The firm denies the accusations.

The unnamed detective who worked for years for Aldi gave the magazine a detailed description of the tasks he was asked to carry out. Alongside normal duties of watching out for thieves in the shop he was also told to keep a close eye on the staff.

Three years ago for example, the detective said he was asked by management in Dornstadt in Baden-Württemberg to install mobile miniature cameras over the lockers in the staff changing rooms. When he refused he claims he was threatened with the loss of all his surveillance duties.

"I was tasked with reporting all irregularities," the detective told the magazine. "So [I had to say something] if a member of staff was working too slowly, or if I heard about them having a relationship with another member of staff, or received other details from their private lives, for example their financial situations."

Aldi denies the detective's accusations, claiming that surveillance of staff members to check up on their productivity was strictly forbidden in their detectives' contracts. Orders have never given to detectives to "report 'irregularities' such as private details," an Aldi representative wrote in a statement.

Aldi has always denied secretly watching its staff, particularly after a scandal in spring 2008 when Aldi's competitor Lidl was criticized for having systematically watched staff members using cameras and detectives.

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11:35 January 7, 2013 by pepsionice
Anybody that was laid off by Aldi over the past decade....has a day in court now. I'd be thinking that each single one of them will have to be hired back or paid back-wages.
14:51 January 9, 2013 by raandy
I have no doubts he is telling the truth. Isn't this the chain that gave its employees only a few minutes to use the toilet?

They always seemed a little paranoid to me, The last time I shopped there I left the six pac of water in the carriage when I swung it around to the counter the female clerk got off her stool and got on her knees and looked under the water from the bottom of the carriage. Try that where I come from I thought.
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