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Dita Von TeeseOn the cover of Playboy, December 2002. Cover of a book by Midori, featuring Dita Von Teese in bondage.
Dita Von Teese (born Heather Sweet on September 28, 1972 in Rochester, Michigan) is a popular American burlesque artist.
Von Teese is fond of wearing elaborate lingerie such as corsets and stockings, and, in her words, "puts the tease back into striptease" with long, complex dance shows complete with props and characters.
She was featured in Playboy magazine in 1999, 2001 and 2002.
She is also a leading fetish model and has been compared to Bettie Page. She also acts, in such movies as Romancing Sara, Matter of Trust, in which she is billed as Heather Sweet, and also in two films by Andrew Blake: Pin Ups 2 and Decadence.
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On December 3, 2005, von Teese was married to American musician Marilyn Manson in a non-denominational ceremony at Curteen Castle in Kilsheelan (County Tipperary), Ireland, the home of Gottfried Helnwein. The wedding was officiated by surrealist film director and comic book writer Alejandro Jodorowsky. They reportedly exchanged vows in front of approximately 60 guests, including Lisa Marie Presley, and she wore a royal purple silk taffeta gown by Vivienne Westwood plus a tri-corned hat and matching corset. The two have been a couple since 2000.
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The two have been a couple since 2000. Previously, Aldi Süd in Austria did a pay-as-you-go service called “yesss!”  with Connect Austria's One. They reportedly exchanged vows in front of approximately 60 guests, including Lisa Marie Presley, and she wore a royal purple silk taffeta gown by Vivienne Westwood plus a tri-corned hat and matching corset. This phone offer is available on either a “starter set”, which is a SIM card and €10 (US$ 12.01) worth of credit at €19,99 (US$ 24.02), or a Medion mobile phone  with a SIM card at €59,99 (US$ 72.11). The wedding was officiated by surrealist film director and comic book writer Alejandro Jodorowsky. They offered rates of €0,05 (approx US$ 0.06) per minute/SMS to other Aldi Talk customers and €0,15 (approx US$ 0.18) to landlines and other mobile phones. On December 3, 2005, von Teese was married to American musician Marilyn Manson in a non-denominational ceremony at Curteen Castle in Kilsheelan (County Tipperary), Ireland, the home of Gottfried Helnwein. On the 7th December 2005, based on their well known brand, Aldi (both Nord and Süd) in Germany introduced a pay-as-you-go mobile phone company Aldi Talk, piggybacking on the e-plus network.
. Recently the similar Lidl chain has grown faster than Aldi; its major difference in business practice is that it stocks a few name brands. She also acts, in such movies as Romancing Sara, Matter of Trust, in which she is billed as Heather Sweet, and also in two films by Andrew Blake: Pin Ups 2 and Decadence. In Germany Aldi is occasionally jokingly called Feinkost Albrecht (approximate translation: Albrecht Deli). She is also a leading fetish model and has been compared to Bettie Page. stores are the only ones to offer customer toilets. She was featured in Playboy magazine in 1999, 2001 and 2002. Aldi's U.S.
Von Teese is fond of wearing elaborate lingerie such as corsets and stockings, and, in her words, "puts the tease back into striptease" with long, complex dance shows complete with props and characters. and British supermarkets. Dita Von Teese (born Heather Sweet on September 28, 1972 in Rochester, Michigan) is a popular American burlesque artist. close around 19:00 weeknights, earlier on Saturday, and most remain closed on Sunday, in contrast to the late or 24-hour opening times of many U.S. ISBN 0060591676. and U.K. Dita Von Teese, Burlesque and the Art of the Teese, Regan Books, 2006. On the other hand, Aldi stores in the U.S.
Playboy's Sexy 100 February 2003. Some (but by no means all) of its German outlets, particularly those in shopping centres, now stay open until the revised legal closing time of 20:00. 84 March 2002. Aldi stores often have fairly limited opening hours, such as were restricted by law (until 18:30 weeknights and 14:00 Saturdays) in Germany until these laws were relaxed somewhat in 1996 and 2004. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. However in other countries, such as Britain, France, and the U.S., Aldi stores are far smaller than those countries' typical supermarkets or hypermarkets, and tend to be free-standing, purpose-built structures. 78 March 2001. The company's stores in Germany are similar in size to those of competing supermarkets, and they can often be found in shopping centres or elsewhere where retail units of this size are common.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Aldi stores worldwide are approximately the same size. 75 September 2000. Aldi does accept MasterCard, Bankcard and Visa in Australia for an additional 1% surcharge. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Like most German retailers, Aldi does not accept major credit cards. 74 July 2000 (pages 68-69). Debit cards are also accepted in the USA.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. These include the system of metal gates and turnstiles forcing customers to exit through the checkout, the practice of charging for shopping bags, and the fact that Aldi until recently accepted only cash (since 2004, German stores have begun to accept the Maestro debit card). 72 March 2000. and Britain. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Many Aldi practices are common in German supermarkets but largely unique to Aldi in markets such as the U.S. 70 November 1999. Many consider it to be derogatory to shop at Aldi, and as a result a lot of students will not admit to shopping there if they do.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. In the United Kingdom, Aldi (just like it's rival Lidl) is often the centre of jokes regarding the wealth of a person, particularly with the younger generation. Playboy's Girlfriends September 1999 (pages 76-81). Despite this, and the strong price competition between such British retailers on precisely the basic goods Aldi sells, the firm apparently remains profitable. 69 September 1999. In countries such as the UK, where the level of service and presentation of mainstream supermarkets is arguably lower than in Aldi's native Germany, Aldi's public reputation does not appear to have improved in the same way. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. This shift in public perception was boosted by a series of cookbooks that only used Aldi ingredients, which led to the emergence of a kind of Aldi fandom into the German mainstream.
67 May 1999 - Mizuno (pages 28-29). Many individual consumers "discovered" that the poor reputation of Aldi's products was apparently undeserved. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. After German reunification, many German middle class families had to cut down their spending and Aldi's popularity and public acceptance grew. 66 March 1999. Being held in such low esteem by many did not seem to dent Aldi's profits however. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Loyal German soccer fans, ashamed of their favorite team's performance, were known to wear Aldi bags over their heads as a gag.
64 November 1998 (pages 84-85). Aldi's customers were alleged to be only poor people who couldn't afford to shop elsewhere. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. In West Germany, before about 1990, Aldi shops were often ridiculed as being cheap shops selling poor-quality goods. Playboy's Body Language October 1998. However, in Australia select stores do have hand baskets available. 62 July 1998 (Mizuno, pages 14-15). Aldi generally does not offer hand baskets.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Many, if not most customers, however, ignore this rule, not least because it would force them to join the queue to leave the store even if they hadn't purchased anything. Playboy's Real Sex February 1998. This is why Aldi stores in Germany insist that customers use a cart; the customer is expected to bag groceries at a separate bench. 58 November 1997 (Mizuno, pages 8-9). Once products have been scanned, they are put directly in the shopping cart, which has a special dock on the counter for this purpose. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. An advantage of this was that the cashiers could already type in the prices of all the articles on the conveyer belt even if the customers were blocking the process by not putting the articles quickly enough back into their shopping cart.
Playboy's Lingerie Model Search February 1997. Aldi was, however, a latecomer to barcode scanners, and many stores only added them in 2004; previously, cashier clerks would manually enter a three-digit code for each item from memory (Aldi Nord) or the price (Aldi Süd). Cashiers save additional time by preparing the most likely amount of change while the customer is still searching for money in his/her wallet. Products have very long barcodes covering several sides of the packaging to speed this procedure. Aldi's checkout procedure is highly standardized, with checkout operators sitting down in swivel chairs, passing products through a two-sided barcode scanner.
Aldi do not have publicly listed telephones in stores to minimize the time checkouts are unutilised. However, in the USA, Aldi advertises regularly via weekly newspaper inserts and Aldi television commercials have begun airing on the TBS network, and in the UK print and television ads appeared in mid-2005. It claims this is a cost savings that can be passed on to consumers. Aldi has a policy in Germany of not advertising, apart from a weekly list of special prices called Aldi informiert (Aldi informs) that is distributed in stores, by direct mail, and sometimes printed in local newspapers.
As a result, Aldi earned a great deal of customer goodwill. In contrast to other supermarkets, Aldi prominently listed "before and after" prices on posters in stores for months after the introduction, and generally rounded its euro prices down. Consumers believed that many merchants had used the currency changeover as a cover to increase prices, often substantially; this was later confirmed by independent studies. Aldi also profited from the introduction of the euro in Germany and other countries.
("Top quality at incredibly low prices" is an Aldi marketing slogan.). Aldi has successfully carved its own (actually rather large) niche with this approach: While shoppers may not normally like shopping in a bland or industrial-looking (and possibly congested) store, such utter lack of frills has become part of the accepted norm with Aldi, and consumers appear to be willing to accept it because of the "incredible value" they expect to get in exchange. These and other cost-cutting strategies save Aldi money and arguably the general price level in Aldi stores — as compared to more "upmarket" supermarkets — appears to show that at least some or most of these savings are passed on to consumer. However, due to the efficient checkout system, a long queue does not necessarily translate into longer waiting times than in other supermarkets.
Long queues at the checkout counter are also relatively common, reflecting Aldi's minimal staffing levels, as well as the competitive situation in Aldi's native Germany, where long supermarket checkout lines are part of daily life. When all items on a pallet have been sold, it is replaced. Aldi's "strictly no frills" approach is evident for instance in that typically Aldi stores do not decorate aisles — or even fill shelves for that matter: Pallets of the products on offer are commonly simply parked alongside the aisles, and customers picking up products will gradually empty them. Although Aldi emphasizes low prices, reports from a German consumer watchdog suggest that this does not negatively impact the quality of Aldi products.
American Aldi stores also feature bargain-priced, gourmet foods imported from Germany. Aldi mainly sells exclusively produced, custom-branded products (often identical to and produced by major brands) with brand names including "Grandessa" and "Fit and Active". Aldi is the largest wine retailer in Germany. In the past some of Aldi's early computer offers, created some kind of hysteria in Germany, with all available items sold in only a few hours.
The specials are only available in strictly limited quantities and for a limited timeframe (one week). Although not always available, but regulary put up for sale are clothing, toys, flowers, gifts. Additionally to the standard assortment Aldi also has weekly special offers, some of them on more expensive products such as electronics, appliances or computers, usually from Medion. Also it allowed Aldi to avoid the use of price tags even before the introduction of barcode scanners (see below).
This increases the numbers of sales for each article and also allows Aldi stores to be smaller than supermarkets which cover the same range of products but with more diversity. One reason for Aldi's success is that the number of brands is very limited, you usually don't find more than two different brands for one kind of product and often only one. Aldi specializes in staple items such as food, beverages, sanitary articles and other inexpensive household items.
Aldi Nord operates in. In principle, the two firms share nothing but the name and a similar corporate identity; however, they describe their relationship as a "friendly alliance" and there appear to be agreements between the two insofar that they do not compete directly with each other and (except for Germany) never both operate in the same countries. The companies have since expanded internationally, into other European, North American, and Australian markets. The chains initially covered the respective different regions of the then-West Germany.
Thus today, Aldi consists of Aldi Nord (Aldi North) (where tobacco sales were deemed to be acceptable) and Aldi Süd (Aldi South) (where they were not; however Aldi Süd began selling tobacco products in 2003). In the year 1961, the then-Aldi chain of supermarket stores split into two sister companies (each belonging to one of the brothers) over a dispute whether to sell cigarettes and other tobacco products at the checkout. Back then, it comprised only one small food shop. The company was founded in 1946 by the brothers Karl and Theo Paul Albrecht in Essen, Germany.
. Its spartan stores with low prices on a limited range of goods can now be found in more than a dozen countries. Historically, Aldi is said to have been Germany's first real discount supermarket. The company's name stands for Albrecht-Discount, using the founders' last name.
It is actually two separate companies but is commonly referred to as one. Aldi is an international hard discount supermarket chain based in Germany. Kwiksave (UK Only). Netto (1200 stores).
Lidl (5000 stores). USA. United Kingdom. Switzerland.
Slovenia (where it operates under the name Hofer). Ireland. Austria (where it operates under the name Hofer). Australia.
Southern Germany. Spain. Portugal (coming soon). The Netherlands.
Luxembourg. France. Denmark. Belgium.