Customers have taken to social media to express their shock over finding security tags on various everyday food items in UK supermarkets.
When you pop to your local shop to pick up some butter, chicken, or cheese, you'd think you'd be able to sail through the self-scanner and be in and out in five minutes or less.
However, Brits have been left confused after finding some everyday products slapped with security labels and tags.
On Twitter, Asda, Aldi and Co-op shoppers have posted images of items such as cheese, butter, chicken and lamb chops.
Customers have spoken out about the items seemingly being slapped with orange security-protected stickers or even with a security tag tied securely on top.
"Britain in 2022… Lurpak butter is at £6 a tub in ASDA and even has a security tag on it. Mental!" one user said.
Another wrote: "If you think Lurpak is bad - the local Aldi and Coop have started security tagging food. There was a GPS protected tag on a pack of lamb chops as well... #ThisMorning #CostOfLivingCrisis."
Other Brits have rained in on the social media platform to share their similar experiences at supermarkets across the country.
One shared a photograph of some skinless and boneless chicken thigh fillets from Tesco. "An indictment of the UK under #BorisJohnson & his #ToryCostOfLivingCrisis. My local supermarket has started security tagging foodstuffs like this. #BrexitReality," the caption reads.
Another customer shared a picture of their coffee. "The #CostOfLivingCrisis is real. My local supermarket is now security tagging everyday items, presumably because their price has increased so much. This isn’t chateauneuf du pape, this is instant coffee!" they said.
A third shopper revealed their shock at returning to the shops after a holiday. "Lucky for me I rarely go to supermarket Tesco, back from holiday so went today. How long have we been security tagging meat!" they tweeted.
Despite many customers' linking of the security tagging to the cost of living crisis, a spokesperson for Co-op told LADbible such measures have, in fact, been in place for 'several years to deter crime'.
The spokesperson confirmed: "Co-op has been involved in a small scale trial of new packaging for higher value products such as meat for several years, with the additional security providing a further deterrent if a store locally experiences shoplifting issues.
"The move formed part of our Safer Colleagues campaign which has also succeeded in bringing in stricter sentences for violent incidents against shopworkers."
ASDA declined to comment.
LADbible has also contacted Aldi and Tesco for comment.
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