A video appearing to show two women stacking their cart with ‘free’ loose lettuce leaves has split the internet, with some commenters outraged at the pair while others defended their actions.
TikTok user James Longstaff posted the video, captioning the now-viral footage “literally ripping the green bits out of every iceberg lettuce…”
The video showed the women in front of a lettuce stand at what appeared to be a branch of Coles in Western Australia.
Iceberg lettuce recently sold for up to $12 a head in some supermarkets.
The two women were filmed taking the outer leaves of iceberg lettuce heads and putting them in their trolley at a supermarket
The women’s cart was already full of lettuce leaves at the start of the video.
While one woman tore the outer leaves off the heads of iceberg lettuce and put them in the cart, the other then put the leaves in plastic bags.
She was then seen pulling out another bag to use as a passerby watched, wondering what was going on.
The video has already garnered over 180,000 views since it was posted on ICT Tac on Sunday.
The exorbitant price of lettuce recently struck a chord with some commentators, who criticized the women for having “no respect for anyone”.
A second pointed out that it’s not the store that loses, but everyone who wanted an iceberg lettuce.
“Lettuce is sold by ‘each’ and not by weight, so they’re actually stealing from anyone who buys a lettuce after them.”
One woman said she couldn’t have held her tongue if she had witnessed it.
“I should have said something. They just have no respect for anyone,” she said.
The women (pictured) were filmed inside what appears to be a Coles supermarket in Western Australia
But some commentators have come to their defense, saying the outer, often wilted leaves of lettuce are free to pick.
People who keep rabbits and guinea pigs as pets often take the outer leaves to feed their animals, with grocery stores allowing buyers to take the torn, unusable pieces for free.
“I mean does anyone actually eat that first layer anyway,” one wrote.
“I know some stores will just give away the large outer sheets of the bin as they are rubbish. Is that what they do here?’, wrote a second.
But others said that even with the grocery allowance, the women had gone too far.
“I was going to say.. I go to Aldi and pick up whatever fell for my guniea pigs for free, but they rip them off here,” one said.
“You are allowed to remove leftover lettuce from the bins at most grocery stores for free, but you cannot fill a cart by removing lettuce,” added another.
At the end of the 24-second video, the person filming the scene flipped the phone over to himself and said “that’s very hygienic,” in a tone that suggested he believed the exact opposite.
The rising cost of living is hitting Australians hard, with the price of food, electricity and petrol hurting the wallets of millions.
But the cost of lettuce in particular has skyrocketed.
Just a few weeks ago, a head of lettuce cost around $2.80. Now it’s easy to find supermarkets that sell it for up to $12.
A photo of chilled iceberg lettuces on sale for $11.99 each in a suburb Brisbane supermarket sparked disbelief and consternation online as suppliers blamed bad weather.
The photo was taken at Seasons IGA Redcliffe, North Brisbane, and was posted by Reddit user BrissieSandy with the caption: “It’s a fucking scandal, it is!”
The price of nearly $12 for these iceberg lettuces sold in a supermarket in suburban Brisbane has sparked disbelief and ironic reactions among social media users.
The National Farmers Federation said the price of lettuce was an outlier, but there were broader pressures driving up the cost of produce.
“We must remember that the price of a single item is not indicative of a general trend,” NFF CEO Tony Mahar told Daily Mail Australia.
“While an iceberg lettuce might cost $12 at a particular store, I can buy a kilo of avocados for $6 at Coles.
“In April, CPI data showed vegetable prices rose 6.6% and fruit 4.9% with further increases expected, and we are seeing this with some items.
“Farmers also face huge increases in input costs like fuel and fertilizer, but the farmgate price is only a small percentage of the final price people pay at the checkout.”
Australia felt the pinch with rising food prices, rising electricity and rising inflation
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