To the surprise of shoppers at the Greenfields store in Mandurah, Western Australia, signs were taped onto shopping trolleys when they arrived at the store. They read: "If you're feeling hot and thirsty please take a free bottle of water. On behalf of all the team here at Greenfields we thank you for shopping with us."
It is believed the free water bottles were a bid to help customers remain cool and avoid heat-related illnesses as the state has been scorching for weeks now, with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing repeated heatwave warnings for the region.
After a picture of the sign was shared online, shoppers claimed that other local Woolies stores had done the same thing, with many applauding the idea. "Great gesture for the community," one person wrote.
Not the first time Woolworths have provided water
Late last year a shopper in Adelaide praised the supermarket after her local store provided water bottles in buckets of ice for customers to help themselves.
Woolworths told Yahoo News Australia it tries to bring a "little good" to customers every day and "this is just one example of the acts of kindness our team members perform". It is understood such gestures are at the discretion of each store.
"It was particularly hot over the weekend. We hope our Mandurah customers enjoyed the gesture," a Woolworths spokesperson said.
Heatwaves continue in Western Australia
The baking weather comes hot on the heels of a record heatwave last week in which parts of Perth climbed above 45 degrees, and Geraldton — a coastal city in the mid west of the state — reached maximum temperatures of over 46 degrees on consecutive days.
Doctors are encouraging Aussies to seek shade, drink plenty of water and remain alert to the signs of health-related illnesses which can be fatal.
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