Bizarre reason supermarket shopper scored two free pies

Brooke Rolfe
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A shopper claimed he was given two free pies out of the blue by a manager of a Woolworths supermarket who took a particular liking to his appearance. 

Corporate Lawyer Lesedi Mphahlele boasted to Twitter about scoring two pepper steak pies for free after a store manager at a Johannesburg Woolworths store, in South Africa, noticed how well dressed he was. 

"Random shout out to the manager of Woolworths SA Craighall who last week gave me two pepper steak pies for R0.00 because 'I was dressed well'," he tweeted on April 15. 

He shared a photo of the two pies and a receipt proving that he wasn't charged any money for them.

Lesedi Mphahlele pictured alongside a photo inside the Woolworths store.
The lawyer encourages his followers to dress nicer for their trip to the grocery store. Source: Twitter/Google Maps

Woolworths South Africa is a separate company to Woolworths in Australia, which opted not to divulge if there were any similar initiatives in place locally.

More than a hundred people responded to his tweet, some begging for more details about the outfit that wowed the manager.

"Would have loved to see the drip fit instead of the pies," one wrote. 

"Not helping if you did not take a pic of how you looked! Lucky you," another said. 

Others said they were sad to think of all the free food they could have missed out on because of their grocery shopping outfit choices. 

"So going to the shops in sweats is keeping me from free food?" one wrote. 

Despite rampant inquisition, Mr Mphahlele kept his cards close to his chest, choosing not to reveal what he wore the day he scored the freebies. 

Photo of a hand holding two pies and a Woolworths SA receipt.
Lesedi Mphahlele shared this photo as proof he received two pepper steak pies for free. Source: Twitter/LesMph

Instead, he encouraged his audience to "just make sure you’re looking ravishing" when visiting Woolworths. 

Some expressed doubts that Woolworths managers in South Africa were allowed to give away items for free. 

Many came to the defence of Mr Mphahlele, explaining that it was up to each manager's discretion to occasionally void the cost of items as part of Woolworths South Africa's customer retention policy. 

Mr Mphahlele responded to the naysayers by asserting it was "clear most people are not familiar with customer retention policies". 

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