Everyone’s got a camera: Supermarkets edition

I’m not sure what is going on in some supermarkets.

A week ago, South Australian police announced they were investigating after needles and thumbtacks were found in various food items including strawberries at an Adelaide suburban supermarket.

The incidents were reported by three different customers purchasing groceries at the Woolworths supermarket at The Grove shopping complex at Golden Grove, in Adelaide’s north-east.

Police said metal needles were discovered in a punnet of strawberries and in an avocado, and thumbtacks were found in a loaf of bread.

The discoveries occurred between Saturday, June 27, and Wednesday, July 1, police said.

SA Police said the contaminations appeared to be “deliberate acts,”and are being investigated by detectives from the Northern District Crime Investigation Branch, assisted by Woolworths.

A Woolworths spokesperson said the company will provide SA Police with CCTV footage from the store to help the investigation.

About the same time, a supermarket worker in Toronto was caught cleaning shopping baskets with spit in the middle of a global health pandemic.

Essential workers in Australian supermarkets are required to regularly sanitise their hands and any high-touch surfaces.

Canada has similar rules, but employees are also required to wear gloves – something Australian supermarket employees don’t have to do under the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Hygiene Practices For Supermarkets.

Footage shows the employee, who works at a FreshCo store in Toronto, Canada, spitting into a white cloth he’s using to wipe down the green plastic carriers, before he stacks them up for customers to use.

The clip, which was filmed on July 5, by a customer who said she was “shocked and disgusted” by the act has since gone viral, with many criticising the man.