Woolworths shopper's expletive-laden tirade at staff as children watch on

An irate woman has been filmed hurling abuse at Woolworths customers and staff members in another tense supermarket scene amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Video from the supermarket’s Cabramatta store in Sydney’s west shows the woman unleashing an expletive-laden tirade towards a shopper and workers.

“You f****** idiot, f*** you!” she screams.

A security guard tries to remonstrate with the woman but she continues with her spray before grabbing a shopping bag from a male customer’s trolley and flinging it away.

She then marches off with two young girls, believed to be her children.

It is unclear what the altercation was triggered by.

A Woolworths spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia none of their staff members were injured during the incident.

The woman can be seen grabbing a shopper's bag and throwing it across the store. Source:  Facebook
The woman can be seen grabbing a shopper's bag and throwing it across the store. Source: Facebook

The incident is the latest in a long line of ugly scenes inside supermarkets, where an influx ofoppers and ultimately a shortage of products has led to tensions repeatedly boiling over.

The video was shared on Facebook using the hashtag #leavethestaffalone, and comes the same weekend police in NSW were given the power to fine people who cough and spit on workers.

The new fines had previously been rolled out for emergency or healthcare staff.

The retail workers' union said its members had "borne the brunt of a huge upsurge in customer abuse" during the pandemic.

There have been several reports of supermarket employees being abused by fiery customers amid frustration surrounding the availability of certain products.

A Woolworths worker breaking down in tears drew nationwide attention after an irate customer abused her, while a teen Coles worker was also the target of abuse for not wearing gloves while on shift.

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