But now in a heartwarming new trend, shoppers around Australia have started giving their local supermarket workers bunches of flowers and boxes of chocolates to say thank you for all that they’re doing.
‘Look a bunch of flowers to my local Woolies to say thank you to the girls for all their hard work,’ wrote one social media user. ‘Least I could do when they’re trying their best.’
Said another: ‘Today when I went shopping at my local Aldi I saw a security guard standing at the entrance! I asked one of the workers and she said they've been harassed BIG TIME in the last 2 weeks! I felt really sorry for them. 😔
‘I bought a box of chips and some chocolates as a thank you and told the guy at the register those were for the staff. He was shy to accept it but I insisted and he called upon the manager who happened to be on the register behind him and she thanked me for it. Let's do something nice for those workers, they've been through a lot lately. Just a sweet smile and a thank you would be awesome. 🥰’
Another mum - who also works at Aldi - took to social to reveal how her family had dropped in with a huge bouquet, knowing she’d had a super busy week.
Sharing on the Aldi Mums Facebook page, mum Zoe writes: ‘I am 1 of many hundreds of staff members who work at Aldi.
'We as staff members are here to help you all. I just want to write somethings uplifting that happen to me yesterday while I was at work among the chaos from customers scrambling to get the basic groceries.
‘I was on the main register at work serving some descent customers & along comes my eldest daughter with a bunch of flowers for the whole team at work. Just to say thank you for all the hard work we do & what we cop. It just brought a tear to my eye.’
Said one more: ‘The manager at my local has been beyond amazing to me. Not just now but even before all this craziness kicked in. This has inspired to to send a card and flowers once I get the chance. It’s the little things that can make someone’s day.’
Supermarket employees have also shared how lovely it is to be on the receiving end of such kindness.
Said one: ‘I work at a Woolies and a customer did this for us staff at the front end a few days ago. So lovely to be appreciated!!’