Tesco has been putting security tags on bottles of milk, tea bags, alcohol and sugar amid a surge in “thefts” over the cost of living crisis.
A shopper also spotted security tags on cheese and a pack of lamb chops in Aldi and the Coop.
Tesco Extra in Pool in West Cornwall said that they have seen a surge in thefts of milk as the cost of living crisis is deepening.
I went to get some milk this morning, I couldn't get my usual "discount", they've started putting security tags on the bottles. ☹️ pic.twitter.com/swW23xzlVk
— Ray Norshine (@Ray_Norshine) November 22, 2022
A spokesperson for Tesco said that tagging milk is “not” policy and a customer reportedly heard a Tesco worker telling a shopper that milk is being tagged due to theft.
They told Cornwall Live, “I couldn’t believe it at first and thought it was some kind of joke or a mistake but I overheard a member of staff tell a customer that there had been a lot of thefts of milk and this was their way of trying to stop it.”
A shopper wrote on Twitter, “If you think Lurpak is bad – the local Aldi and Coop have started security tagging food.
“There was a GPS protected tag on a pack of lamb chops as well…”
Across the UK some supermarkets have been putting on security tags on packs of Lurpak as it has reached an all time high of almost £9 for a tub of butter.