Have you ever been shopping and heard an associate make an announcement over the PA system?  Usually, it is to page someone or ask for a price check.  However, you should know that there are certain "codes" to listen for because if you do hear them, you should leave immediately.

It is one thing for there to be a "clean up on isle 11" and it is quite another if you hear an associate or manager speaking in code over the store speaker to quickly convey an important message to staff all while keeping shoppers calm.

A website called Quora just asked the question of retail workers and managers what those super-secret code words we sometimes hear actually mean.  I was surprised to know that there are lots of them and some will having you exiting ASAP.

Shelly Osburn has been a retail associate at Walmart since 2018 and she shed some light on the code's meanings.  If you are shopping and you hear these codes now you will know what they are warning the employees about:

Photo by Joshua Rawson-Harris on Unsplash
Photo by Joshua Rawson-Harris on Unsplash

Decoding the codes you may hear while shopping.  Here is what some of the most important codes mean:

What Code Word PA Warnings Actually Mean

We've all been shopping and heard PA announcements. Some are nothing more than "clean up on isle 3" but some PA announcements can be in code and they can mean real danger. If you hear some of these, leave your cart and the store immediately.

Let's hope you shop happily and without any of these codes being called. It is good to know what they mean so you are armed with an understanding.  Of course panicking will never help anything so remain calm, that is when you will make your best decisions.  By the way, since were are talking about stores, I was thinking about some of the stores we all knew and loved yet they are gone forever.  Do you remember shopping at this stores as a kid?

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