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Aldi has come under fire after huge crowds of shoppers were spotted crowding a store in Sydney’s Covid-hit western suburbs for a ‘special buys’ sale.
Shock jock Ray Hadley accused the supermarket chain of being ‘irresponsible’ for continuing to host the sales events.
‘It’s like a plague of Western Plains locusts when people queue up to get there,’ Hadley said during his radio show on 2GB.
‘Pull your heads in!’
Hadley’s outburst came after a listener sent a photo of a packed Aldi in Blacktown where shoppers queued for a special offer on Bonds undergarments.
The crowds were seen just a day after an apartment building in the suburb was sent into total lockdown under police guard to deal with a Covid outbreak.
Aldi has since said it is removing select special buys from all stores in lockdown areas.
Hadley called out Aldi Australia’s CEO, demanding he appear on his show and admit the promotion is a bad idea.
‘Can the Aldi CEO Tom Daunt – don’t be daunted by my words Tom – come on here and be a bit brave, have some balls and say ‘yeah, you’re right Ray’,’ the 2GB host said.
‘Irresponsible cr*p, it is.’
‘During the pandemic, it isn’t in anyone’s interest, including ours, to drive peak periods of trade or encourage queues,’ a spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.
‘We wouldn’t knowingly participate in any activity to drive behaviours that contradict the public health orders.’
Ray Hadley has slammed Aldi for continuing to use their ‘Special Buys’ promotion during the pandemic that have seen shoppers swarming the discount tables for bargains. Shoppers are pictured during a sale in May
The ‘special buys’ include the best prices for products available at the German giant, which have become appointment shopping for Aussies.
‘In addition to our core range of everyday grocery products, twice a week, we offer our customers a range of Special Buys™ that can include anything from electronics, like LCD TVs and DVD players, to clothing and furniture,’ the Aldi website reads.
‘A new range of Special Buys™ comes out every Wednesday and Saturday, and in keeping with our promise of smarter shopping, all our Special Buys™ offer exceptional quality and value for money.
‘Stocks are limited, so to ensure you don’t miss out, we recommend visiting ALDI as early as possible when new Special Buys™ go on sale.’
Hadley says the campaign should be suspended to stop people flocking to the buy table like ‘locusts’ given the ongoing pandemic.
The highly-infectious Delta variant has wreaked havoc on Sydney, particularly the city’s west and south-west, with Hadley saying residents are at risk with crowding the shelves.
Source: Daily Mail