A supermarket customer has opened up about her experience shopping at Aldi and slammed the employee who warned her and fellow shoppers to chill out before letting them in the store.
As Semra Murphy from Sydney, Australia, explained, she felt attacked when an employee at Westfield Miranda Aldi scolded a huge crowd of shoppers for bulk buying before allowing them to enter the store in the morning.
“The guy that opened the door announced ‘it’s not the end of the world everybody there is no apocalypse happening, chill out,’” Murphy explained.
“I feel this was unnecessary and offensive to everyone there. We are there to buy what we need, other than toilet paper, but if there happens to be some … we might buy some of that because it’s constantly running out.”
After the woman’s post went viral on Facebook, some people were quick to join her in slamming the supermarket while others stood behind the words of the employee.
“I’ve had people try and scream at me about the toilet paper restrictions, I’ve seen a couple have a tantrum because they couldn’t buy more than one large bag of rice. We have every right to be slightly annoyed,” someone wrote.
“I don’t think a staff member saying that is offensive. There have been many reports of supermarket staff being abused, physically pushed. I can only imagine their frustration,” another one argued.
The incident followed shortly after a brawl has erupted at a Woolworths in Chullora, NSW, as three women began fighting over toilet paper amid coronavirus-inspired panic-buying.
In the footage, the women were seen pulling hair and smacking each other before the staff intervened in an attempt to alert the authorities and separate the trio.
“I just want one packet,” one of the women said while the two women who had their shopping cart filled with toilet paper responded by saying: “No, not one packet.”
After the police intervened, the women were sent off home whereas no charges were laid against them.
“We just ask that people don’t panic like this when they go out shopping. There is no need for it. It isn’t the Thunderdome, it isn’t Mad Max, we don’t need to do that,” police inspector Andrew New said following the brawl.
“There is no need for people to go out and panic buy at supermarkets, paracetamol and canned food or toilet paper.”
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