Security barriers are being erected in Tesco supermarkets to stop shoppers snatching reduced items off staff while they are stacking shelves.
The bargain yellow-stickered products are in greater demand than ever due to the cost of living crisis and some stores have started putting up the barriers, complete with "do not enter" signs, so their workers are protected while carrying out their jobs.
Originally introduced to ensure staff were safely socially distanced while fulfilling their duties during the Covid-19 pandemic, the security barriers are now serving a different purpose, with Helen Dickinson, of the British Retail Consortium, pointing out: "We have seen violence and abuse against shop workers go up during the pandemic but, instead of it alleviating since then, it’s getting worse."
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Food prices continue to soar and even Tesco's famous lunchtime meal deal has risen from £3 to £3.40 for Clubcard holders or from £3.50 to £3.90 for anyone without a Clubcard.
The cost of a bag of pasta, meanwhile, has increased from 38p to 61p, while vegetable oil has gone up from £1.56 to £2.58, which represents a hiking up in excess of 65%.
Alison Garnham, chief executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, has declared that such figures should represent a "siren warning" to new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
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She told Metro: "These are grim figures for millions of hard-pressed families and they are a siren warning to the new Government – the pledge our new Prime Minister made to uprate benefits with inflation must be honoured if low-income households are to get through this winter. 600,000 London children are already living in poverty.
"More will join them if the Government reneges on the promise to ensure benefits match inflation. That would make us a country and a capital filled not with hope as the PM envisages, but with hungry children."
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