A video shared on TikTok this week demonstrates just how far the country has descended amid the cost-of-living crisis. You'll soon see why:
Yes, one shopper was left understandably perplexed after they noticed blocks of Cathedral City cheese being kept in security cases at a Tesco store.
Now, we all know there are certain products with which it makes sense to deter shoplifters from - expensive beauty products, razors, electric toothbrushes, etc. But... cheese?
The OP shared the clip alongside the caption: "When the cost of living goes up… #tesco."
LADbible contacted Tesco for an answer, although the supermarket giant was unable to comment due to the fact that the video doesn't state at which branch the footage was taken.
However, the security measures may have something to do with soaring dairy costs in the UK, with driving factors including Brexit, the Russia/Ukraine war and pre-existing supply chain disruption caused by the pandemic.
According to research from the Institute of Grocery Distribution, food inflation is forecasted to reach 15 percent this summer.
As for Cathedral City, research carried out by Assosia and cited by The Grocer found that the price of the popular UK cheese brand had increased by up to 17 percent in supermarkets across the country.
In the case of the store shown in the TikToker's video, blocks were selling for £4.15 - and this is higher in some other areas and at other outlets, including a Co-op branch where one shopper spotted a hefty price tag of £6.50.
That being said, this is all speculation - plus there are plenty of products that are far more expensive in Tesco, which is why we're still left wondering whether the security boxes for blocks of cheddar are necessary.
Especially after taking into consideration the following point made by one commenter: "110 percent sure it'd cost them more in staff wages to put it in the container than it would if someone just stole it."
But another commenter was on hand to offer up a potential explanation, writing: "Cheese is one of the most shoplifted items in the UK. It comes above batteries and coffee."
Others were just shocked at the whole situation, including this person who said, "Civil unrest is coming," and another who said, "£4.15 for cheese!!! Jesus."
A third added: "It's sad that it's come to that, I am surprised where not being taxed for breathing air."
And then there were of course people who couldn't help but make some cheesy comments, with one writing: "That’s nacho cheese."
You've got to laugh, eh?
Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@amberrosegarcia
Topics: Tesco, Food And Drink, UK News, TikTok, Money