'Ridiculous': Shoppers outraged by Woolies employees' shocking restocking tactic

Tom Flanagan
News Reporter

Woolworths employees have been caught on camera brazenly throwing boxes of food along aisles in a Queensland store.

Footage filmed at the supermarket giant’s Banyo store in Brisbane on Saturday evening shows several members of staff launching cardboard boxes through the air in the frozen food section with some sliding several metres along the floor.

One male worker even flings a box with such force it is sent tumbling down the aisle. Another two employees kick boxes towards the freezers.

It is unclear what foods are inside the boxes.

The footage was captured by bewildered shopper Michael Langanis who shared the footage to Facebook, calling it “ridiculous”.

“This is what they call stocking the shelves?” he asked.

Workers throw and kick boxes around Woolworths in Banyo. Source: Facebook

“Meanwhile there are still customers in the store dodging flying boxes full of groceries we purchase.

“Imagine what they get up to when no one’s there!”

Woolworths employees ‘didn’t care that customers were watching’

Mr Langanis told Yahoo News Australia he couldn’t believe the workers appeared to think their behaviour was normal.

“I was just shocked at what was going on and found it humorous and couldn’t believe they were serious,” he said.

“Just no care at all that people were watching them or walking past.”

Others were similarly shocked, lambasting the actions of the staff.

“This is horrific. That stores is in shambles,” one person said.

“It’s pretty shocking. Especially to do this in front of customers!” another said.

‘At odds with standards we expect’: Woolworths spokesperson

A Woolworths spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia that team members are trained to “handle all products with care”.

“This footage is clearly at odds with the standards we expect,” the spokesperson said.

“We are addressing this with the store team and reiterating the importance of moving stock carefully and safely.”

In July, Australia Post employees came under intense scrutiny when they were filmed launching parcels inside a warehouse.

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