Getting cashback now finally an option in French supermarkets

Having the option of withdrawing cash from your account while paying for your groceries at the supermarket till is finally an option in France as of Monday.

Getting cashback now finally an option in French supermarkets
Photos: AFP

“Any cashback?” is a question Brits, Americans and perhaps readers from other countries will be used to hearing at supermarkets back home. 

But for food shoppers in France this query remains pretty unknown, relying instead on ATM machines and actual banks to get their hands on cash from their accounts.

Fortunately, French supermarket chain Casino has clocked on to this very handy service available for over a decade in other countries and from the end of September will allow customers at 150 of its supermarkets to withdraw money while paying for their groceries.

Supermarket shoppers will be able to draw out between €10 and €50 while paying their food bill with their debit or credit cards.

Casino already rolled out the cashback service in 80 of its Géant hypermarkets in France in May 2018 but this latest expansion represents the true arrival of the helpful withdrawal service across l’Héxagone.

“Geant Casino is the first supermarket in France to offer a free cash withdrawal service. Launched this summer in 80 hypermarkets, the service will also be deployed at the end of September in 150 Casino supermarkets equipped with self-service tills,” reads Casino's tweet above. 

“Our goal is to support our customers as much as possible and to make their day-to-day lives easier,” said Casino, adding that they do intend to “compete with the banks”.

Not that the service has become an instant success just yet.

“At the moment we record a dozen transactions a week,” Eric Chabert, store manager at a Géant in Paris’s thirteenth arrondissement, told Le Parisien.

A total of 500 more cash registers in Casino supermarkets will offer the cashback service by the end of September.

Other countries that already have cashback services at their supermarkets include the United States, the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Poland, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand.

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French supermarket boss found dead after being charged with bullying his staff

The boss of a Leclerc supermarket in eastern France has been found dead after he was charged with bullying members of his team.

French supermarket boss found dead after being charged with bullying his staff
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The 58-year-old boss was found dead on Thursday in the French town of Belfort in the north eastern region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté after he had been charged with harassing his employees the previous Wednesday.
An investigation has been opened into the cause of death, local prosecutor Emmanuel Dupic confirmed to the French press. 
On Wednesday, the two owners, including the man found dead, of the Leclerc supermarket in the town of Héricourt and the commercial director had been charged with harassment against 25 employees.
A fourth person, the financial director, had been charged with complicity in psychological harassment.
According to local newspaper L'Est Républicain, the man was found dead after he had been released on bail. 
The owners and the commercial director of the store are suspected of “humiliating [staff members], threatening behavior and remarks that have led many employees to suffer from burn-out or take sick leave, allowing employers to declare them unfit for their positions and fire them,” said the local prosecutor. 
The situation came to light after an investigation took place in 2018 when 14 employees dismissed from this store filed a complaint with the police.
The investigation revealed that “significant moral harassment had been ongoing for nine years, with daily pressure on employees that led to physical and psychological distress”, according to the prosecutor.
Pregnant women and disabled staff were forced to carry out duties, including carrying heavy items, or work schedules unsuitable to their situations.