A Woolworths worker from Melbourne has shared a common in-store act from indecisive shoppers that leaves supermarket staff infuriated.
But it's not just Woolworths staff bothered by the act as Bunnings, Kmart and Big W employees expressed their frustration too.
Taking to Reddit, a Melbourne based Woolworths worker pleaded with customers not to dump products from different aisles while shopping in-store.
"Dear Melbourners please stop doing this," they wrote.
In a photo shared by the poster, a large bottle of Mildura fruit juice can be seen dumped on the shelf.
"The juice was out of the fridge section for too long, had to toss it," they said.
According to the poster, the customer probably changed their mind after taking it from the fridge but didn't bother walking it back.
The image shared shows what looks to be an empty drink can left carelessly on the shelf next to a selection of baby wipes.
There's also a used wipe taken straight from an unopened pack, the poster confirmed, presumably used by a customer before being left. They branded such behaviour as "disgusting".
People react to 'feral' supermarket act
Customers abandoning goods in the wrong aisles has been an ongoing peeve for workers, many confirmed in the comments.
"Yes I remember when I worked at Woolworths, we had to bin heaps of perishables that people would dump on shelves. Huge waste," one replied.
"ABSOLUTELY! People can be lazy, disgusting pigs and it does my head in," wrote another.
Another worker said they'd found fish ordered from the deli discarded in the chips aisle.
"If anyone reading this has done that, you're f***ing feral," one person responded.
Bunnings, Kmart and Big W staff chime in over discarded rubbish
Other retail workers claimed similar scenarios unfolded at Bunnings, Kmart and Big W while they worked there.
"I have faced my fair share of half-eaten snags dumped on shelves," a former Bunnings worker revealed.
"What kind of monster wouldn’t finish a Bunnings snag," someone commented."I see this all the time at Woolies and Coles, people will leave their McDonald’s drinks on a shelf."
In Big W, it's apparently common to see opened ice coffee bottles laying around the store.
"I've tidied some shelves and found ice coffees that had been tossed to the back. They're always warm with half of them pressurised and ready to go off. That stuff smells extremely rancid," one revealed.
Some finds, however, were far more shocking than someone's half-eaten snack.
A former Kmart worker claimed it wasn't uncommon to find human faeces in the store.
"I used to work at Kmart many years ago in the early 2000's. We found actual human sh** out on the shop floor on three separate occasions that I can think of," they said.
"People would steal a nappy to put on their baby and they'd change the baby right there on the floor, leaving the dirty nappy either on the floor or even worse, they'd hide it amongst the clothes or merchandise."
"How the hell do people do that and not get caught? That’s disgusting," one person retorted.
Woolworths responds to rubbish left on shelves
A Woolworths spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia waste bins can be found in all Woolworths stores, predominantly at the entrance or exits of the stores.
"As a fresh food retailer, we have high standards for cleanliness and hygiene across our stores and are disappointed by all reports of littering," they said.
"Our stores are cleaned by professional cleaners daily and our team members conduct spot checks across the store several times a day."
"The vast majority of customers do the right thing and are respectful of our stores," they added.
"As our team members work hard to serve our customers and replenish stock, we ask that customers be mindful of their impact and take any rubbish with them."
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