Woolies fight breaks out over paper towels

By | March 12, 2020

Bulk buyers who think heading to the supermarket late at night is a way to get around restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic may need to reconsider their sneaky scam.

Two men recently attempted to buy extra paper towels and tinned food at Woolworths on Wednesday night, but their plan was foiled by an eagle-eyed assistant.

The pair had been shopping at the Marrickville Metro Woolies just after 10pm when they tried to slip past the watchful eye of an employee by using the supermarket’s self-serve.

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A video, supplied to Daily Mail Australia, shows the moment a Woolworths assistant confronted the two men attempting to bulk buy extras.

She can be heard saying: “Are you going to listen or should I call security. We’re not letting anyone bulk buy.”

The exchange continued with one of the men telling the assistant to “call security” while the other defended his position saying he had already paid for two boxes.

Despite the pair’s protests, they were reminded by the assistant the rules existed for the benefit of all shoppers.

“Are you understanding now there’s a situation where everybody’s bulk buying? She said adding: “We can’t let it happen..”

It’s understood the men left the Woolworths after their transaction was refused.

This latest fracas comes just days after two women were charged with affray after a violent fight broke out over toilet paper at a Woolworths store in Chullora in Sydney’s south-west.

Video of the incident, filmed yesterday in a Woolworths store was watched by hundreds of thousands of people after it was posted online.

Staff were forced to intervene to break up the brawl.

On Sunday morning, New South Wales Police said they had charged two women following the altercation.

A 49-year-old woman was allegedly assaulted in the incident. Police said she was uninjured.

As news of a coronavirus pandemic reverberates around the world, Woolworths has announced its latest round of shopper restrictions.

In addition to current limits on toilet paper, hand sanitiser and bulk packs of rice, the supermarket giant is restricting tissues paper towels, serviette and wipes.

Currently, customers are limited to buying a two-pack of tissues, paper towel, serviettes and wipes, two-pack. and toilet paper. These limits are per customer, per shop.

Hand sanitiser is limited to two units per shop while bulk rice purchases (2kg and upwards) is limited to one pack per shop.

“Woolworths is working with suppliers to prioritise the production of smaller packs of toilet paper,” a Woolworths spokesperson said.

“This means more toilet paper packs will be available to more customers online and in stores from next week.”

Woolworths has also introduced changes to its returns policy to help support more customers’ access to high demand essential products in reasonable quantities.

Change of mind refunds and exchanges will not be available for a range of products that have been in higher than usual demand, including toilet paper, tissues, rice and pasta.

Faulty products will continue to be refunded in full, exchanged or repaired as normal.

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