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Bunnings customers are praising the kindness of staff after one Melbourne mum found a gift for her children randomly placed on a shelf at her local store.
Sharing her find on social media, she said she was surprised to find the free, wrapped gift with a note which read: “You found a Bunnings Blow-Up Hammer - I’m yours!”.
“At our local Bunnings today, one of the staff handed my daughter a free colouring kit with pencils, a ruler, and a pencil case. I also found in a random aisle this blow-up hammer sitting on a shelf,” she wrote.
Sharing her find to the Markdown Addicts Australia Facebook page, she was pleasantly surprised that her find wasn't a one-off.
Others also shared they had randomly found hidden Bunnings-branded children's toys at their local stores too.
“I love how interactive they are with kids, our local one told my boys last week that there's a hidden crown somewhere in the store, if they find they get a free building block set,” one mum from Lake Macquarie said.
“Needless to say they wouldn't leave until they found it.”
While some Bunnings shoppers responded saying they’d never heard of these secret in-store gifts before, others said the kids' scavenger hunts were certainly a real thing, depending on where you live.
“We found a Bunnings drink bottle on their outdoor settings, it had a tag on it saying finders keepers! The lady on the till said we can just take it,” one impressed Bunnings customer confirmed.
“We have found a few things, football, pencil case, toy hammers,” another mum said and went on to say her two local stores in Queensland often hide items for kids to find.
“They often leave goodies in the kids' trolleys too,” a third mum said.
Bunnings hand out free gifts to kids
While some mums said the staff at their local store loved sending kids on a treasure hunt, others said staff at their stores happily handed out gifts at the door.
“My daughter is Bunnings crazy!! She is only 3.5y but she screams in excitement at the top of her lungs when we go there. A lady gave her a Bunnings bear & a blow-up hammer once,” one mum said.
“The lady on the door gave our four-year-old a Bunnings truck last time we went in for behaving nicely and using his manners, he was ecstatic,” confirmed another.
Customers said they had been given everything from 10 pin bowling sets to toy trucks to children’s Bunnings-branded fluro ‘Tradie’ vests.
Bunnings respond to secret in-store gifts
Bunnings have confirmed that staff at each individual store across the country may offer different in-store initiatives from time to time, as part of their continued customer service.
“Our team are always looking for ways to provide great service and will often go above and beyond to make sure customers have the best shopping experience,” a Bunnings spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia.
“We host a variety of free D.I.Y. workshops, kids activities, and in-store events that are organised and run locally through each store.”
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