Woolworths employee reveals how conveyor belts work using a sensor

Woolworths employee spills how the conveyor belts really work – but it backfires when cheeky shoppers use it to mess with the staff

  • A Woolworths employee has revealed the secrets of how the conveyor belts work
  • He explained that the conveyor belts know when to stop moving using a sensor 
  • Some clever customers already knew and use the knowledge to mess with staff
  • The Woolworths employee has been sharing insider secrets on TikTok for years

A Woolworths employee has revealed the secret workings behind the stores conveyor belts – but now shoppers are using the insider secret to mess with staff. 

The belts are simply operated by an on and off switch, however there are two little-known sensors at the checkout-end that stop it moving when they sense an object. 

Sydney supermarket worker Liam Kirley shared the information on the stores popular TikTok account, where he often uploads Woolies hacks, tips and secrets.

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A Woolworths worker has revealed how the stores conveyor belts work

Customers have known the secrets for years and have been using the knowledge to mess with staff members

A Woolworths worker has revealed how the stores conveyor belts work, and it turns out customers have known the secrets for years and have been using the knowledge to mess with staff members

Former cashier Liam Kirley (left) is running the page, after he became an online sensation by sharing videos of food hacks and store announcements

Liam Kirley (left) became an online sensation in August 2020 after his food hacks and store announcements racked up millions of views on TikTok

Liam became an online sensation in August 2020 after his food hacks and store announcements racked up millions of views on TikTok, and Woolies customers are still obsessed with his content.

‘So the conveyor knows how to stop there are two sensors [at the end of the belt] and when the product goes there it breaks the beam,’ he said.

However he was shocked by the reaction to what he thought was a Woolies secret.

Many customers were surprised that the conveyor belts are operated by a sensor.

‘Learn something new everyday,’ one woman commented on the informative video.

However, some clever shoppers were aware of the tip and have been using it to mess with Woolies workers for years.

‘I figured this out and I like to mess with the team member by stopping and starting the belt lol,’ one man admitted.

‘Anyone else ever put their finger over the sensor when they were shopping with their parents as a kid or just me?’ another said. 

Top Woolworths hacks: 

1. Small trolleys can be rolled into the self-serve bay

2. If you have more than one of the same product you can leave them in the trolley and staff will scan one and count the remainder

3. The self-serve machine tries to guess what item is on the scales

4. The store has free WI-FI

5. You can create a shopping list by scanning previously bought items on the Woolworths app

6. You can check your digital receipt on the Woolworths everyday rewards app

 (Source: woolworths_au)

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The staff-member recently shared a video revealing Woolies has new fruit and vegetable scales to weigh produce and find out the price before getting to the checkout.

The Scan & Go scales are located in the produce section and are automated in a similar style to the self-serve checkouts. 

Customers love the new feature: ‘This is awesome,’ one woman said.

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