Coles T-bones thieves! Supermarket is forced to put security tags on MEAT
- Coles has put security tags on pre-packaged items to prevent theft at its stores
- Its covert security officers are ‘catching hundreds of thieves every week’
- Australian supermarkets lose $3.4bn a year to thefts at self-service check outs
Supermarket giant Coles has been forced to put electronic security tags on meat to stop thieves.
A New South Wales shopper posted a picture of $30 Australian Lamb Cutlets circling the ‘lock symbol’ on the top left of the image to a Facebook group.
The Griffith man captioned the image: ‘Not a mark down but the things retailers have to do to stop theft and protect profit.’
The security tags were noticed by a New South Wales shopper, who posted a picture of Australian Lamb Cutlets circling the ‘lock symbol’ on the top left of the image to a Facebook group
The post on Marked Addicts Australia Facebook page has since drawn the attention of many social media users.
‘No wonder they put alarms on them at $30 pkt. They are almost same as a packet of ciggies,’ one person wrote.
‘If you try to remove the tag, it sets off an alarm on the tag,’ said another.
A former Coles employee told news.com that shoppers ‘put the meat in fresh produce bags to avoid the security tags on the meat.’
‘It’s crazy,’ she said.
A Coles spokesperson said most customers do the right thing, but it’s not fair that a small number of people get away with doing the wrong thing.
‘Like a number of retailers, we work with police to reduce shoplifting,’ a spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.
‘There are also trained covert security officers in our stores nationally and they’re catching hundreds of thieves every week and reporting them to police.
‘Electronic article surveillance (EAS) tags are one of a range of security measures we have in place to reduce theft from our stores.’
Australian supermarkets lose $3.4billion a year to rampant thefts at self-service check outs.
Supermarket giant Coles says it has put electronic tags on pre-packaged food items to prevent theft and its covert officers are catching hundreds of thieves every week (stock)