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Tesco locks £2.25 chocolate bar away — and people are not happy


Story from Jam Press (Choc Security Boxes) Pictured: The chocolate bars in anti-shoplifting security boxes. Chocolate bars worth just ??1.25 put in anti-shoplifting security boxes in Tesco Chocolate bars worth as little as ??1.25 have been put in security boxes to prevent shoplifting in Tesco. Daily Milk, Galaxy and Milkybars have been locked away in the plastic containers. The boxes have stickers on them saying ???Ask the staff???. Customers cannot just take a bar off the shelves, supermarket workers have to get one for them. The cheapest chocolate in the boxes are Milkybars, as reported by NeedToKnow. They are ??1.25 for Tesco Clubcard holders or ??1.55 without. The Galaxy bars are ??1.35 and the Daily Milk are ??2 with a Clubcard or ??2.25 without. They were spotted at a Tesco store in Newham, east London - where there are 16 stores across the borough. Former cop Norman Brennan fumed: ???Tesco now put chocolate bars behind plastic security barriers. ???Shoplifting is so out-of-control that the cost of loss in the past year is two billion pounds.??? The ex-British Transport Police officer said: ???And it will go up and up and up.??? Local Stephanie Hayden said: ???Disgusting.??? Sharon Rae McGilvray joked: ???Funny how they haven't done it with fruit and veg.??? Luke Senior said: ???How long before shops are forced revert to the old style with shop assistants, human or robotic. ???Having to retrieve everything for customers like either Argos or a giant vending machine???? Duncan Gray said: ???At ??2 they should be locked in a vault in the basement.??? Another added: ???As a Londoner since birth, I can confirm that this place is going to the dumps.??? One said: ???This is a whole another level of low.??? It follows a rise in thefts from shops amid high inflation during the cost-of-living-crisis. Last month thefts were carried out at Greggs in Archway and a Boots in Chingford. Tesco has been approached for comment. ENDS

One Tesco store has taken drastic action (Picture: Jam Press/@CrimeLdn)

A Tesco branch in east London has placed a selection of popular chocolate bars under lock and key in an attempt to deter shoplifters.

Pictures shared online over the weekend showed a variety of sweet snacks placed carefully into locked cases in a store in Newham, with the plastic boxes ensuring that shoppers cannot take their pick of the selection without first notifying a staff member.

The bars in question include Dairy Milk, Milkybar and Galaxy – though the share size bags of chocolate were not seen to be kept in the plastic casings unlike their sister products.

The lock boxes all bear a sticker reading ‘ask the staff,’ with the most expensive chocolate bar locked away being the Dairy Milk Creations bar at £2.25, a popular treat that pairs popping candy with fruit-flavoured jellies and sugar-coated cocoa candies.

However, the Clubcard price ensures that customers can pick this up for 25p cheaper at £2.

Elsewhere, Tesco lists the price of a Milkybar at £1.55, with the Clubcard price coming in 30p cheaper through the loyalty programme.

Share bags weren’t locked away, though (Picture: John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)

Amid the current economic climate, in which just about everything seems to be sky-rocketing, the UK has seen rising levels of shoplifting.

When it comes to food, data from the Office For National Statistics (ONS) shows that the overall price of food and non-alcoholic beverages rose by approximately 25% between January 2022 and January 2024. Comparatively, prices rose by 9% in the 10-year period preceding that.

As such, in 2024, the Association of Convenience Stores’ Crime Report showed that shoplifting was on the up, with the figures demonstrating 5.6 million recorded incidents of shop theft over the last year. Notably, the 2023 report reflected 1.1 million.

Similarly, in April 2024, further ONS data showed that recorded offences had risen to the highest level in 20 years.

And in 2023, more than 430,000 offences were noted in England and Wales, demonstrating an increase of one third from the previous year – the highest figures since the police records began in 2003.

Milkybar was similarly under lock and key at Tesco in Newham (Picture: Bloomberg via Getty Images)

While, of course, stealing is not encouraged, social media users have argued that the prices of the chocolate bars are incredibly high.

‘£2.25 for a bar of chocolate. £2 if you sell them all your personal details,’ @ZahZay1922 wrote. ‘Who’s the thief here?’

Others have argued the measures themselves are extreme. ‘This is a whole other level of low,’ @ludwig05269026 wrote on X, formerly Twitter, while @Brit_banter added that this symbolised ‘the point of no return.’

This isn’t the first time supermarkets have locked away prized goods. Last year, a Co-op store in Norwich made headlines after it hid away its olive oil stocks following a string of thefts.

The bottles at the shop, found on Sprowston Road, were displayed in security cases that could …read more

Source:: Metro

      

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