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A concerned mother has issued a plea to Coles to keep its checkout displays "G-rated" after a recent visit to a Tasmanian store.
On Tuesday, the woman was finishing up her grocery shopping at Coles in Kingston when she noticed X-rated products on the checkout display.
In a photo shared by the shopper, two boxes of Durex and SKYN condoms are displayed at the checkout alongside healthcare products including paracetamol, ibuprofen, sunscreen and Band-Aids.
'I found it really triggering'
Speaking with Yahoo News Australia, the shopper confirmed she had never seen condoms displayed at the checkout at her local Coles, nor any other supermarket she has visited.
The busy Tasmanian mum said that she was unable to give feedback to staff while at the Kingston store as she didn't want to cause disruption.
"It was quite busy and I don't like confrontation or 'making a scene'. I found it really triggering seeing them there so thought others might too," she explained.
She has since reached out to the Coles customer service team to share her feedback.
Shopper makes public plea
The Tasmanian woman suggested that perhaps condoms be displayed elsewhere to keep the checkout displays suitable for everyone.
"Hi Coles. Just wondering if you'd consider keeping checkouts suitable for all ages?" she asked in a Facebook post.
"I know a lot of people complain these days and I'm not complaining. Just suggesting the idea that checkouts stay G-rated for those who don't want to see these and also for the children who don't need to know what these are yet," she added.
Coles responds: 'Range is based on customer feedback'
Coles' mixed selection of products available at checkout is popular for people who have forgotten to grab items when shopping, such as healthcare items.
Additionally, Coles places these items at checkout for those who may be embarrassed to carry personal items around the store.
A Coles spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia that the range of products at checkout is based on customer feedback and sales data.
"Coles offers a selection of items conveniently located at the register that includes drinks, snacks and healthcare items," said the spokesperson.
"This range is based on customer feedback and sales data that shows proven demand for last-minute medicinal and family planning products."
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