An Australian mother was outraged when a group of four shoppers bought up an entire pallet of hard-to-find baby formula at a Melbourne supermarket while staff stood by and watched, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.
Citing the Sydney Morning Herald, the report quoted Jessica Hay, who was planning to buy milk powder for her three-and-half-month old son, as saying she witnessed the scene in a Woolworths supermarket Saturday.
Hay said the group descended on the store’s supply of about 50 cans of A2 Platinum baby formula and put them in their trolleys.
One of the four people was standing by the shelf, guarding the remaining cans of A2 Platinum and clearly trying to prevent other people from buying them, while the rest headed toward the checkout counter, Hay said.
Although Hay does not feed her son with A2 Platinum, she said her blood was boiling on behalf of the mothers who would now have a problem finding the formula for their babies.
“If they were with babies, it would be understandable — they need to feed their kids too,” she said.
“But it felt like a smooth operation, like they did this all the time.”
Hay posted photos of what she saw online, and they soon triggered an intense discussion among more than 10,000 Australian netizens, some of whom seemed as angry as Hay.
Local media said a can of A2 Platinum can be resold on Taobao.com, the e-commerce platform of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., at a price double or even triple that in Australia.
The bulk-buying group could look forward to a total profit of about A$1,500 (US$1,060).
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