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Brisbane women fight over baby formula in supermarket

A frustrated shopper has taken to social media to expose behaviour she claims to see on a daily basis – women fighting over baby formula.

Taken at a Coles supermarket in Toowong, inner Brisbane, the footage shows women frantically cramming multiple tins of milk powder into shopping baskets.

Cindy Emma posted the video to her Facebook page, where fellow shoppers vented their anger at people who exceed the store limit of four tins per person.

 

A frustrated shopper has taken to social media to expose behaviour she claims to see on a daily basis – women fighting over baby formula (pictured)

A Coles spokesperson responded to Ms Emma’s concerns, saying they ‘expect our stores to enforce the 4 tin limit per customer’.

Ms Emma believes the customers she sees fighting over tins milk powder ‘every morning’ do not find it difficult to get around the rules.

‘Let’s be honest Coles and staff don’t limit, if they do as your store manager told me they change clothing and return. Every day!’ she wrote.

‘I see the same people every day at the same store at opening time running to the baby section frantically trying to beat each other to it,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

Taken at a Coles supermarket in Toowong, inner Brisbane, the footage shows women (pictured) frantically cramming multiple tins of milk powder into shopping baskets

Taken at a Coles supermarket in Toowong, inner Brisbane, the footage shows women (pictured) frantically cramming multiple tins of milk powder into shopping baskets

Cindy Emma posted the video to her Facebook page, where fellow shoppers vented their anger at people (pictured) who exceed the store limit of four tins per person

Cindy Emma posted the video to her Facebook page, where fellow shoppers vented their anger at people (pictured) who exceed the store limit of four tins per person

‘I have been told by staff they can be back with in minutes sometimes wearing a different outfit buying more always using cash to pay. 

‘The shelves are empty 30 seconds after store opens. I definitely think more should be done about it as its obviously being sent out of Australia for large profits. So there’s a tax issue too.’

Lack of confidence in food safety in China has created an underground industry of online sellers known as ‘daigou’.

Daigou buy much sought-after products such as baby formula and sell them to Chinese buyers via apps such as WeChat.

Ms Emma believes the customers (pictured) she sees fighting over tins milk powder 'every morning' do not find it difficult to get around the rules

Ms Emma believes the customers (pictured) she sees fighting over tins milk powder ‘every morning’ do not find it difficult to get around the rules

'Let's be honest Coles and staff don't limit, if they do as your store manager told me they change clothing and return. Every day!' wrote Cindy Emma

‘Let’s be honest Coles and staff don’t limit, if they do as your store manager told me they change clothing and return. Every day!’ wrote Cindy Emma

Supermarkets worldwide have tried to deal with the problem by imposing sales limits, but demand often sees shelves stripped of formula, leaving none for local mothers.

On Tuesday a Hobart mother posted photos of Facebook of a Chinese woman buying 16 tins and taking it outside to a van packed with baby formula.

A Coles spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia they had nothing to add to the comments made on the Facebook post.

Lack of confidence in food safety in China has created an underground industry of online sellers known as 'daigou' who sell milk powder (pictured, stock image), leading supermarkets in Australia to impose limits on sales per person

Lack of confidence in food safety in China has created an underground industry of online sellers known as ‘daigou’ who sell milk powder (pictured, stock image), leading supermarkets in Australia to impose limits on sales per person

A Coles spokesperson responded to Ms Emma's concerns, saying they 'expect our stores to enforce the 4 tin limit per customer' (pictured is Coles at Toowong Village)

A Coles spokesperson responded to Ms Emma’s concerns, saying they ‘expect our stores to enforce the 4 tin limit per customer’ (pictured is Coles at Toowong Village)

 

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