A pair of shoppers at a WA Coles store has divided the internet after being spotted stripping the outer leaves from iceberg lettuces and filling their trolley, presumably so they could get it for free.
While it is a common practice for people to remove the limp leaves from an iceberg lettuce they are planning to buy and putting them in a bin provided by the store, this duo took the practice to the next level — going through every lettuce on display to strip the leaves.
Supermarkets often provide cast-off lettuce leaves free to people who feed them to their pets such as chickens or guinea pigs.
A head of lettuce is currently selling for $5.50 at Coles.
James Longstaff posted vision of the incident to his TikTok account on Sunday night, with the video garnering more than 5000 views and more than 850 comments in the first 24 hours.
The video has outraged many, including one user who commented: “Lettuce is sold by “each” not weight, so they’re actually stealing from everyone who buys a lettuce after them.”
Another wrote: “I would have had to say something. They just have no regard for anyone.”
“You’re allowed to take the lettuce scraps from the bins for free at most grocery stores but you cant fill a trolly (sic) taking it off the lettuces!!”
People were also concerned about poor hygiene and many wondered why the women weren’t being called out by staff and other customers.
While the women were wearing facemasks, they weren’t wearing gloves while they were handling all the lettuces.
“They aren’t even wearing gloves,” one person commented. Another wrote: “now u know why u should wash ur fruit & veg before consumption!”
Not everyone was bothered, though. One user commented that the women had saved people a job: ”I mean does anyone actually eat that first layer anyway 😂”
Coles has been contacted for comment.