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A Woolworths customer slammed the supermarket giant for a “blatant disregard of hygiene” at one of its Melbourne stores.

He said that he was disappointed to see that staff at his local store had left bins on the grocery shelves next to some self-serve registers.

“It is almost inconceivable that anyone would place rubbish bins at any time on a surface where meat and vegetables are placed, but during a pandemic?” the customer wrote.

“It is inexcusable.”

He also said it was a “blatant disregard for hygiene”.


However, many defended the supermarket, saying that they didn’t see the problem.

“These bins are just for the receipts. How are they any less hygienic than the counter that people are touching?” said one.

“He says, whilst using a touchscreen or keyboard, both of which harbour more bacteria than your average toilet seat,” another commenter said.

“The two registers with bins on the bench are closed. What’s the big deal? The rubbish isn’t going to jump out, on to your meat and vegetables,” a third agreed.

The irritated shopper said he would prefer to see the bins “on the FLOOR”.

A Woolworths spokesperson said that they would pass the shoppers feedback onto the relevant store.

This article originally appeared on Over60.

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