A Tesco boss has said customers have started asking cashiers to stop scanning their food while they shop.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Tesco chairman John Allen said customers have been asking staff to stop once their bill reaches a certain amount as they continue to feel the strain of rising prices. cost of living.
He said there is an “overwhelming need” for a windfall tax for energy companies after seeing supermarket customers “extremely hard-pressed”, as the Manchester Evening News reports.
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On a recent visit to a Tesco store in the UK, John said he witnessed customers asking staff to stop scanning items “for the first time in years”.
He said: “I heard for the first time in many years customers say to check on staff, ‘stop when you hit £40 [€47]’, or something like, ‘I don’t want to spend a dime on that. You know, instead of having everything checked out and settling the bill at the end.
“So I think a lot of people feel a little tight, and a lot of people actually feel extremely stretched.”
He added: “It’s harder for people to mitigate energy than it is with food, and I think there’s an overwhelming case for an extraordinary tax on profits from energy producers that feed back energy prices to those who need help the most.” .
“I think that would be the most important thing that could be done.”
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