'We get filthy looks': Aussie parents hit back over grocery limits

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Aussie parents are being shamed for their usual shopping. Photo: Getty

Aussie parents have taken to social media to hit back over grocery limits, enforced due to the coronavirus outbreak, which are seeing many regularly shamed at supermarkets.

Posting in a budgeting group on Facebook one mum revealed how she had been shopping at Woolworths for her eight children, when another woman shamed her at the register after looking at her items and “shaking her head”.

“(She) then asked the lady at the register if those paper towels were for sale, the lady said, ‘yes you can have two packets’, she said, ‘no I only want one’, and looked at me and said, ‘I am not greedy’,” the post continued.

“I said, ‘WTF come talk to me when you (are) feeding eight kids and not one, stupid b**ch. None of the stuff I bought had restrictions on them and no it’s not for my stockpile, it’s just stuff I could not get last week!”

Shoppers have stripped supermarket shelves bare, leaving the vulnerable empty handed. Source: Getty

The post quickly went viral, spawning hundreds of responses from parents that found themselves in the same situation.

Another mother with eight children, five of which still live at home said she’s had to “shop every two days to try and get what I need”.

“My trolley was full and people were sniggering about me and my panic buying mode — umm this was about a five day worth shop,” another wrote.

While a third said: “We get filthy looks for buying 12 cartons of rice milk last week and again today! I have a dairy-free child and this is a weeks’ worth for us.”

It comes after mum of 16 Jeni Bonell hit back after also being shamed at the shops for buying ‘too much’ toilet paper. 

Jeni hit out online in a post by writing: “OH NO YOU DON'T. No lady, you don't get to stand behind me in the checkout line in the grocery store, with your voice dripping sarcasm and your crinkled brow, as you "loud-enough-for-me-to-hear-you" say, "Welllll, there goes ALLLLLLL the toilet paper now ….. Hmmmmpffff", she wrote. 

The mum refused to apologise for buying toilet roll for her family saying: “it’s undoubtedly bigger than yours”.

Jeni Bonell has hit back after being shamed for buying toilet roll. Photo: Facebook/The Bonell Family

While Jeni said she believes the world is now suffering from a pandemic, she claims there’s also another one taking over worldwide and that’s a ‘lack of manners with a symptom of unkindness that seems to accompany it”. 

“We just need to encourage others to not ‘panic buy’” and to make sure we look after each other,” Jeni told Yahoo Lifestyle.

“There are pensioners out there and disabled folks who can’t get what they need and there are larger sized families who clearly just need more because we have extra people to use it. If we work together then everyone can have sufficient supplies.

“The virus is scary enough without adding fear of going to the grocery store because of the looks and comments you get just buying what you need for your family We all just need to be kind to each other.”

Supermarkets enforce grocery limits

Woolworths had already restricted the sale of toilet paper when the supermarket revealed new limits on more items last week.

Shoppers are limited to one two-kilogram bag of rice per transaction.

A Woolworths spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia the restrictions to rice would only apply to large bags (2kg and over) and smaller bags would not be limited.

Customers will also be only allowed to purchase two bottles of hand sanitiser per transaction and will need to collect them from the customer service desk.

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