Violence breaks out in a supermarket aisle as a mother is ‘smacked in the face with a tin’ by frenzied baby formula ‘daigou’ buyers who are stripping shelves across Australia
- Mother said she doesn’t feel safe at supermarket amid claims she was assaulted
- Catherine Urriola encountered chaos at a Woolworths in south-east Melbourne
- Ms Urriola filmed about 30 shoppers scuffle towards unpacked baby formula
- She claims a fellow shopper ‘violently assaulted’ her with a tin of baby formula
A mother-of-one believes she is no longer safe shopping at her local supermarket after claiming a fellow shopper ‘violently assaulted’ her with a tin of baby formula.
Catherine Urriola, 34, was left traumatised after encountering ‘chaotic scenes’ in the baby formula aisle at Woolworths in Dandenong, south-east Melbourne, on December 8.
Ms Urriola, a sales representative, captured video footage of the desperate shoppers scuffle towards boxes of baby formula stationed in the middle of the aisle.
Catherine Urriola, 34, was left traumatised after encountering ‘chaotic scenes’ (pictured) in the baby formula aisle at Woolworths in Dandenong, south-east Melbourne
Ms Urriola captured video footage (pictured) of the desperate shoppers scuffle towards boxes of baby formula stationed in the middle of the aisle
The tins, which were yet to be stocked onto the shelves, continue to cause headlines across the country as shoppers pack supermarkets for the sought-after product which is popular on China’s black market.
The video footage shows a number of shoppers walk hastily towards the boxes, while Ms Urriola narrates the scene.
‘Look at this, look. Unbelievable,’ she said in the video.
The shoppers seem unimpressed with Ms Urriola’s filming, with one man waving a shopping bag towards the screen.
The man rips open the boxes while Ms Urriola questions whether he is disregarding the two-tin limit.
Ms Urriola said the man then ‘violently’ pushed her and shoved a tin of baby formula into her face.
The shoppers seem unimpressed with Ms Urriola’s filming with some waving tins at her screen
She said she decided to film the mob because she ‘couldn’t believe’ what she was seeing.
‘I decided to go into Woolworths later one night, it was about 8.30pm. I just wanted to grab a few things, but I noticed all these shoppers running through the store,’ Ms Urriola said.
There were about ’30 crazed shoppers’ who were trying to reach the baby formula.
Amid the ‘baby formula crisis’ major supermarkets Coles and Woolworths were forced to implement a two-tin restriction on the products, to ensure there was enough formula to go around.
Baby formula is a lucrative market, with some people earning in excess of $100,000 per year after shipping off tins to willing buyers in China.
Ms Urriola said a man then ‘violently’ pushed her and shoved a tin of baby formula into her face