A mysterious bag of Coles bakery items have been discovered dumped on the side of a road.
The sight was enough to stop a customer in their tracks while walking in Sydney’s west on Tuesday.
Taking to social media, the witness labelled the scene “such a waste”.
Several dozen bags of bakery bread were seen inside two clear plastic bags, which had been left on a grassy roadside verge.
The bags appeared to be those typically used when food is being transported for donation.
“So sad to see all these Coles bread loaves and hot cross buns just randomly dumped,” the distressed social media user wrote on Facebook.
“Massive bags full. Who would do this? Such a waste! And so disrespectful to just dump them outside someone's property.”
Coles responded to the complaint saying it was “disappointed” at what she saw and wanted to “follow up further”.
Others questioned why the woman presumed Coles was to blame for the dumping of its products.
She responded arguing the supermarket may have a better chance at determining who the person responsible was.
“Any possibility of figuring out who dumped it is a win for the no waste movement. Looks like it's been packaged by Coles and taken away,” she wrote.
“Whoever did, dumped it.”
Coles investigating how bread came to be dumped
A Coles spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia they suspected the bread had come from its Entrada supermarket store in North Parramatta - which is responsible for some of the highest numbers of donations to food charities.
“Coles is proud to partner with SecondBite and Foodbank to donate unsold, edible food from our supermarkets and distribution centres,” the spokesperson said.
“During 2020 financial year, nearly 14,000 tonnes of unsold, edible food (the equivalent of 28 million meals) was donated to SecondBite and more than 887 tonnes of unsold edible food (the equivalent of 1.6 million meals) was donated to Foodbank from our stores and distribution centres.
“Our Parramatta Entrada store alone donated 47,841 kilograms worth of food to our charity partners in 2020, the equivalent of 95,682 meals.
“We were concerned to see this photo and are investigating how this bread came to be dumped.”
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