As the cost of living crisis shows no sign of abating, and costs of food and household groceries continues to soar, many people have been driven to the edge of desperation, and led to increased shop-lifting for food.
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Owing to these tough circumstances, as reported by Metro, some Tesco Express stores have been found to have started putting security tags on chicken. Here are all the details.
Tesco’s security tag on chicken
While putting security stickers on shopping items is nothing new, the practice of putting security tags on essential everyday items began due to the cost of living crisis, and the subsequent spike in shoplifting.
A supermarket giant such as Tesco now putting security tags on chicken worth about £5 a packet, indicates just how far the state of the economy has crumbled.
The security tags on chicken were spotted by Tesco shoppers at the store in West Ruislip, west London, over the weekend. These tags were seen on bagged roast chicken, and a Tesco-branded Piri Piri half-chicken. Stealing these items will raise an alarm, and so stores are hoping these extra measures will deter thieves.
Security measures on meat
Earlier this month, Tesco Express instituted other security measures that saw meat products including sausages and bacon being locked away, with customers now having to contact the store employees if they want to buy any.
Similar measures have also become common in other supermarkets as shoplifting offences are soaring in Britain and people have been pushed to the brink to survive with very little at their disposal.
Metro: ‘Security tags spotted on £5 packets of chicken in Tesco store amid cost-of-living crisis’