Your Aldi does not sound like mine, opening new lanes to cope with customers!!!
I generally use the self scan checkouts these days. I don't like the feeling that I am being rushed through the ones with a checkout operative. They scan faster than I can pack leaving me with a pile of stuff to put in bags then pay while they and the rest of the queue wait for me to finish. At a self checkout* I can go at my own speed.*Is 'self checkout' some kind of automated medical check system?
Did the fires end the drop bear scourge?