Now Tesco puts security tags on MILK: Supermarket fits devices to four pint cartons after it tagged meat and cheese as cost of living crisis drives shoplifting of everyday items
- Majority of milk cartons in Tesco Extra store in Pool, Cornwall had plastic tags
- Store has reportedly suffered a spate of thefts of milk, especially four-pints
- Tesco said it was down to ‘human error’ and said it is not their policy to tag milk
Tesco shoppers were shocked to discover that the supermarket has put security tags on four-pints of milk to deter thieves, as prices sour amid the cost-of-living crisis.
The majority of milk cartons in the Tesco Extra store in the village of Pool in Cornwall had individual plastic security tags attached to them this afternoon.
It is usual to see bottles of alcohol and more expensive items bearing the tags, which set off an alarm if anyone tries to leave the store with them still on. But it’s thought this could be the first time that plastic containers of milk have been tagged.
CornwallLive reported that the store has suffered a spate of thefts of milk – especially of four-pint containers.
Dairy products have soared in price over the past year, with a pint of milk surpassing £1 for the first time ever at some Sainsbury’s stores in August.
The majority of milk cartons in the Tesco Extra store in the village of Pool in Cornwall had individual plastic security tags attached to them this afternoon (pictured)
A customer at the Tesco Extra in Cornwall said: ‘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.’
But Tesco denied this was the reason for the tagging, telling CornwallLive it was down to ‘human error’.
A Tesco spokesperson said: ‘We do not have a policy to place security tags on fresh milk. A very small amount of milk was incorrectly tagged today in our Redruth Extra store and these tags have now been removed. We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused.’
In July shoppers took to social media to share pictures of security tags on £3.99 blocks of Aldi cheddar and £8 Co-op lamb chops in Wolverhampton.
In July shoppers took to social media to share pictures of security tags on £3.99 blocks of Aldi cheddar and £8 Co-op lamb chops in Wolverhampton
Meanwhile, Tesco fitted security tags to large cans of baby milk at a Tesco Extra in Streatham, south London, and Sainsbury’s started tagging tubs of Aptamil baby, toddler and follow-on milks.
And earlier this month Tesco had to start using security barriers to protect workers from shoppers waiting to snatch reduced yellow sticker items from their hands before they hit the shelves.
Photos showed workers barricaded behind yellow barriers with ‘do not enter’ signs while tagging items with their reduced price.