I worked for the Aldi on the East Side of Madison on Lien Road. Often employees would be threatened to be fired if they called in sick. On several occasions, we in fact had employees soil themselves at the register, because the Store Manager didn't find it efficient to get up and use the restaurant.
The real reason why the food is cheap? Because staffing is a small fraction compared to other grocery/food stores. Meaning there will only be 3-5 employees in the building per shift. (Yes that includes a manager). The food is cheaper, because Aldi restricts staffing to the extreme without reasonable pay. The founder of Aldi's children now own the business. They are the 3rd wealthiest family. Which begs the questions.. how come your employees aren't given any perks, appropriate pay, PTO?
They work very hard, and most days are called in on their days off. There is no work life balance for this company. It's just work. 84% of the time closers leave around midnight-2am, even though You are scheduled until 8pm. But wait it gets better. After getting done at 2am, you are expected to return at 6am to unload the truck within an hour.. with 2 employees on staff.
Mileage for helping other stores (If needed)