Thoughtless shoppers’ glove gaffe

Redwoodtown Countdown. Photo: Matt Brown.

Careless customers given free gloves to help protect them from Covid-19 are ditching them in supermarket carparks.

What started as a courtesy to shoppers “backfired” for a Redwoodtown supermarket manager.

And horrified Redwoodtown residents are urging shoppers to put their used gloves in the bins provided.

Countdown Redwoodtown store manager Daniel Van Royen says he is “disappointed” that gloves were being dropped in the carpark and around the community.

“We’ve put controls in place and are notifying customers,” he says.

Daniel made gloves available at the front door, along with hand sanitizer, for customers to the Redwoodtown supermarket.

“All of a sudden we had gloves blowing everywhere,” Daniel says.

“I thought I was doing the right thing and it backfired a bit.”

In a Facebook post, one Redwoodtown resident says more than 50 gloves had blown up their driveway and onto their garden.

“We too want to remain free of the virus and would prefer not to come in contact with it as we clean up used plastic gloves,” the post says.

Daniel says after seeing the state of the carpark, and the surrounding area, he went and did a tidy up himself.

Now, the gloves have been moved from the front door and are available at the checkout.

More bins have been added to the entrance and exits.

“We get customers breaking rules, but we’re educating them,” Daniel says.

“It’s just like the lockdown rules, 90 per cent are good and 10 per cent aren’t.”

He says customers have got better as they’ve become more accustomed to the lockdown rules.

“We had aggressive customers at the beginning, but that has died down.

“People would reach past for products as we were stocking shelves, breaking our bubbles.”

He says posters on trolleys are proving a useful tool to help educate the public.

“Be self-aware,” he says. “It’s not a normal shop.”

“Queue up patiently and make sure you’re keeping your distance.”

He wants to remind shoppers that there should only be one person per household doing the grocery shop.

And to throw your rubbish in the bin.

“I would rather be at home, safe, with my two kids,” he says.

“But we’re providing an essential service.”

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