A shopper’s complaint about Woolworths offering pre-cut vegetables for ‘dumb’ and lazy customers divides opinion – so which side are you on?
- Shoppers are divided in a debate over pre-cut and packaged vegetables
- Major supermarkets offer a range of products that are pre-cut for consumers
- Many expressed concern about the plastic packaging in which the products are sold
- Others championed the products as a lifesaver for the elderly and disabled
An irate customer’s complaint about Woolworths’ packaging of pre-cut vegetables such as onions has sparked a heated debate on social media.
In a spray full of expletives, the shopper said they were frustrated to see “dumb” consumers buying the prepackaged products because they “can’t cut vegetables themselves.”
The customer also targeted Woolworths, criticizing it for offering a product wrapped in more plastic, asking, ‘How useless are c****s these days?’
The annoyed patron also shared a photo of Woolworths’ prepackaged vegetable shelf containing individual plastic containers of pre-sliced potatoes, sliced scallion and diced onion, as well as mixed boxes of chopped corn, carrot and beans.
Many agreed with the rebellious home cook and couldn’t believe the extra cost of the individually packaged vegetables compared to whole produce.
“How little time do you have not to cut vegetables?” a fellow incensed chef asked under the Reddit post.
Debate started after a shopper posted this photo of plastic boxes filled with pre-cut vegetables next to a power-laden rant, complaining about the amount of plastic packaging used.
‘All I can understand in that lot – are the pumpkin cubes – I’d buy them if I wanted to make a pot of pumpkin soup… But pre-sliced scallions? You just need scissors,” said another.
But others pointed out that pre-cut vegetables were helpful for the disabled and the elderly.
“Lots of comments here calling on people to be lazy, but this is actually a godsend for people with disabilities and fine motor skills,” one commented.
Woolworths (pictured) designed the products for fast-paced lifestyles and tired consumers who may not have time to cut their own vegetables, and the products are often in the Metro stores
“Some people just can’t hold a knife and cut vegetables, making fresh things accessible to them. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. There seems to be a lot more to complain about than this,” said one commenter defending the pre-cut products.
“It’s all well and good to say this if you’re healthy, but what about all the elderly? Many have severe arthritis and can’t chop/stir anymore,” said another.
But even those who were fans of the pre-cut vegetables were dissatisfied with the amount of plastic used to display and transport them.
“The plastic waste is exorbitant, harmful, largely unnecessary and otherwise problematic,” claimed one user, though still championing the need for pre-cut vegetables.
‘Definitely a nice product, but the packaging could be better. A little wax paper and some glue and you’re golden,” suggested another.
“When I was recovering from an illness, I could cook with these things on my own and not be dependent on my parents. The plastic sucks, I agree, but it’s not about being too lazy or anything guys,” said a grateful customer.
When contacted by the Daily Mail Australia, Woolworths did not comment on the online debate, but noted that it designed the products for fast-paced lifestyles and tired consumers who may not have time to cut their own vegetables.
The products are most commonly found in the Metro stores.
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