Woolworths customer's 'genius' shopping bag hack: 'Feels illegal'

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A Woolworths customer's shopping bag hack for when you forget your shopping bags has divided opinion online.

The shopper, Anita Birges, was Big Brother's first ever "intruder" on the reality show back in 2001, and is now popular on TikTok for sharing her decluttering and cleaning hacks.

On Wednesday, Ms Birges shared a video which is designed as a shopping, recycling and money-saving hack all in one.

Woolworths shopper shares shopping bag hack on TikTok
A Woolworths shopper shared a video designed as a shopping, recycling and money-saving hack all in one. Source: TikTok/@miseenplace_au

In the video, captioned "What to do when you forget shopping bags", Ms Birges is shopping at Woolworths and says she has forgotten her reusable bags.

Instead of purchasing bags when she reaches the checkout, she walks over to the supermarket's soft plastics recycling bin and retrieves several bags for free.

"Here's a little hack for you. I forgot shopping bags today, so I came over to the recycling area and grabbed a whole bag full," she says.

After collecting a handful of bags for her groceries, Ms Birges says: "So, there you go – saving hack, recycling hack and shopping hack all in one."

Woolworths' in-store soft plastics recycling bins are designed to recycle items that can't be recycled at home to help keep plastic bags and packaging out of landfill.

Soft plastics returned to Woolworths stores are then recycled by the supermarket's partner REDcycle and transformed into benches, bollards and other items that can be used in their stores and car parks.

Woolworths customers applaud 'genius' hack

Fellow Woolworths shoppers were quick to share their thoughts on the little-known shopping hack, with many claiming it is "genius" and a "great idea".

"Can't believe I didn’t think of this, no more juggling!" wrote one impressed shopper.

Woolworths shoppers exit supermarket with bags
Woolworths shoppers were quick to share their thoughts on the little-known shopping hack, with many claiming it is "genius" and a "great idea". Source: AAP

"That's just big brains time! You mean you don't just buy more and add them to the cupboard full of bags?" wrote an amused shopper.

While a third joked: "On the next episode of this feels illegal but it's not..." chimed a third.

Shoppers divided over shopping bag act

Not everyone was a fan of the shopping bag hack, however, with some viewers concerned about hygiene issues.

"I don't think I could use bags that I had no idea who used them last or what was in them," said one shopper.

"I couldn't use bags someone else has," echoed a second.

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