An Australian supermarket is cracking down on vegetable thieves after a clip from a Melbourne store shelf went viral.
An Australian supermarket has cracked down on vegetable thieves after a clip from a Melbourne store showing nothing but broccoli stems went viral.
A sign placed in front of a broccoli stall has warned shoppers not to break the heads of the broccoli to reduce the weight of the vegetable.
Shoppers were warned that staff would now inspect vegetables at the till.
Shared to Twitter via 3AW Breakfast, the sign said: “ATT customers. Don’t break the broccoli stems.
“This falls under theft. All broccoli purchases are checked at the cash registers. Thank you, management.”
It is not clear in which supermarket the sign was placed.
Melbourne woman Jenn Shaw recently filmed inside a Coles showing a series of broccoli stems broken off and dumped on the display table.
She suspected the method had been adopted as a cost-cutting strategy for households bearing the brunt of the rising cost of living.
She captioned her video: “$11.90/kg of broccoli in Melbourne. Shoppers leave stalks on shelves,” which she uploaded to TikTok on Monday.
More than 35,000 people have watched the clip since then, many sympathizing with the people who felt compelled to remove some of the vegetable to save money.
“I always break mine off because it weighs less and costs less,” one person wrote in a comment.
“No disrespect, but at that price I’d do the same,” said another.
Someone else claimed that a grocer near them had a sign saying that if you remove them, you’ll pay double.
A Coles spokesperson said it was “disappointing” that some people were removing stems from their broccoli.
“It’s disappointing to hear that a small number of customers have removed the stems from broccoli in our stores, as the whole vegetable is edible and packed with nutritional value,” they told news.com.au.
“As part of our Together to Zero strategy, we will continue to work on ways to minimize food waste by educating customers on how to get the most out of their fresh produce.
“A good example is a recipe from Curtis Stone that has heroes’ shaved broccoli stem as the main ingredient.”
Supermarket tightness in Australia could also weigh on the price of cucumbers, tomatoes and berries, as farmers warn it could be months before prices return to normal.
A labor shortage and rising production costs have put a handbrake on the supplywarning farmers that their crops are at risk of rotting in the fields because they have no workers to pick them.
AusVeg spokesman Tyson Cattle told Nine that flood-affected areas in Queensland had also increased price pressures.
“The reality is that it will take 12-16 weeks for supplies to return to normal,” he said.
“The production costs are considerable. Fertilizer costs, chemical costs, fuel costs as you can see, labor costs, all these different effects have critical implications for growers to be able to plant their crops.
“That will clearly have a flow-through effect on Australian consumers.
Mr Cattle called on the government to speed up farm work visas and scrap plans to scrap the coalition’s agricultural visa, given the slump of backpackers in Australia.
“When we get the labor, all of a sudden we can have the confidence to plant more product,” he said.
Agriculture Secretary Murray Watt met with industry stakeholders on Tuesday to discuss the challenges facing the sector.
Mr Cattle told Nine that he had met with the new minister “a few weeks ago” and hoped he could work with him to “find a solution”.
“It’s really getting to a critical point to find a solution,” he added.
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