Internet Backs Worker With 'Personal Policy' of Giving Customers Free Item

A worker took to Reddit to reveal as a teen working in a supermarket, they would give away one free item per customer by not ringing it up, garnering much support and appreciation across the internet.

The now-viral post, which has 39,800 upvotes, was shared to the subreddit "Antiwork" on February 17 by u/TEE-R1. It's titled, "My personal free diaper policy."

The original poster (OP) revealed: "When I was a teenager, I worked the checkouts at a local supermarket. I didn't like it, and I didn't like the bosses, so I installed a personal policy that everyone coming down my checkout would get one item for free. I just didn't ring it up. Sometimes I'd make the beep noise for fun."

The Redditor also revealed diapers were free, and they would give out one free packet per customer. The worker relayed that no one said anything about it. However, it gave the OP "an enormous sense of well being."

Worker at checkout
The internet is backing a worker who had a "personal policy" of giving customers one free item. Here, a cashier checking out products in a supermarket. JACOBLUND/GETTY

In a comment, the OP also revealed they would "extend the policy" at Christmastime, and they were even "more generous." They concluded: "It honestly made the whole experience so much more bearable for me."

Around $106.64 was spent on groceries per week in 2020 per household, according to Statista. The website also reports the average annual household food expenses in 2020 amounted to $7,316 a year.

Over 2,500 comments came rolling in as a response, and many seem to appreciate what the Redditor did. Some also recounted their own stories as well.

One Redditor recalled a cashier not ringing up their box of diapers on one occasion. "She didn't even look up at it," they added. "Now I'm wondering if it was on purpose."

Some people did the same thing when they were cashiers as well. "I did that as well, diapers and female hygiene products would accidentally pass the scanner without being scanned," a Redditor claimed. "There are probably more of us who don't care to rob other working-class people blind for our corporate overlords."

Another person admitted giving away free items was "the only thing that got me through working at a grocery for two years. Helping people and stealing from corporate simultaneously, what could be better?"

One user revealed as a cashier they would give anyone nice discounts. They admitted they "were allowed to change prices up to $20 total per customer if they complained. But nice people usually don't complain, so I'd just do it anyway."

Acts of kindness were recounted, with one Redditor recalling a time when their son was sick and they "couldn't afford medicine for him." They said the pharmacist "put the medicine in a bag, stapled it shut, and walked me to the door."

Other people praised the OP, saying, "You are the Robin Hood of the checkout," and "You're the real MVP."

One Redditor revealed that behavior like this is why "we humans are on Earth for. Good for you!"

Approval from even more Redditors came in, with one user saying the post "made me smile and warmed my cold, black heart."

Newsweek reached out to u/TEE-R1 for comment.