TikTok video showing women filling trolley with lettuce leaves goes viral

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A video appearing to show two women piling their trolley with ‘free’ loose lettuce leaves has divided the internet, some commenters outraged at the pair while others have defended their actions. 

TikTok user James Longstaff posted the video, captioning the now-viral footage ‘literally pulling off the green pieces of every iceberg lettuce…’

The video showed the women at a lettuce stand in what appeared to be a Coles branch in Western Australia

Iceberg lettuce has recently been selling for up to $12 a head in some supermarkets. 

TikTok video showing women filling trolley with lettuce leaves goes viral

The two women were filmed taking the outside leaves from heads of iceberg lettuce and putting them into their trolley in a supermarket

The women’s trolley was already full of lettuce leaves when the video began. 

While one woman pulled the outside leaves off the heads of iceberg lettuce and put them in the trolley, the other then put the leaves into plastic bags. 

She was then seen pulling another bag off to use while a passerby stared at her, wondering what was going on. 

The video has already garnered more than 180,000 views since it was posted to TikTok on Sunday.  

The exorbitant price of lettuce lately struck a chord with some commenters, who blasted the women for having ‘no regard for anyone’. 

A second pointed out that it’s not the shop that’s losing out, but everyone who wanted an iceberg lettuce. 

‘Lettuce is sold by “each” not weight, so they’re actually stealing from everyone who buys a lettuce after them.’

One woman said she would not have been able to hold her tongue if she had witnessed it. 

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‘I would have had to say something. They just have no regard for anyone,’ she said. 

The women (pictured) were filmed at what seems to be a Coles supermarket in Western Australia

The women (pictured) were filmed at what seems to be a Coles supermarket in Western Australia

But some commenters jumped to their defence, saying the outer, often wilted leaves on lettuce are free to take. 

People that own rabbit and guinea pigs as pets often take the outside leaves to feed their animals, with grocery stores allowing shoppers to take the ripped, unusable pieces for free. 

‘I mean does anyone actually eat that first layer anyway,’ one wrote.

‘I know some stores will just give away the big outside leaves from the bin as they are rubbish. Is that what they are doing here?’, a second wrote.

But others said, even with the allowance from the grocery store, the women had taken it too far. 

‘Was going to say.. I go to Aldi and get all the stuff that has fallen off for free for my guniea pigs, but they out here ripping them off,’ one said.

‘You’re allowed to take the lettuce scraps from the bins for free at most grocery stores but you can’t fill a trolley taking it off the lettuces,’ another added.

At the end of the 24-second video, the person filming the scene turned the phone back to himself and said ‘that’s very hygienic,’ in a tone that suggested he believed the exact opposite.   

The rising cost of living is hitting Aussies hard with the price of food, power and petrol hurting millions of people’s wallets.

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But the cost of lettuce in particular has skyrocketed. 

Just a few weeks ago, a head of lettuce cost around $2.80. Now, it’s easy to find some supermarkets selling it for as much as $12. 

A picture of refrigerated iceberg lettuces on sale for $11.99 each at a suburban Brisbane supermarket sparked disbelief and dismay online as suppliers blamed bad weather.

The photo was taken at the Seasons IGA Redcliffe, in Brisbane’s north, and was posted by Reddit user BrissieSandy with the headline: ‘That’s a bloody outrage, it is!’ 

The almost $12 price tag of these iceberg lettuces being sold in a suburban Brisbane supermarket has led to disbelief and some wry responses among social media users

The almost $12 price tag of these iceberg lettuces being sold in a suburban Brisbane supermarket has led to disbelief and some wry responses among social media users

The National Farmers Federation said the price of lettuce was an outlier but there were wider pressures forcing up the cost of produce.

‘We need to remember the price of one single item is not indicative of a general trend,’ NFF CEO Tony Mahar told Daily Mail Australia.

‘While an iceberg lettuce might be $12 at a particular store, I can buy a kilo of avocados for $6 from Coles.

‘In April CPI data showed vegetable prices went up 6.6 per cent and fruit 4.9 per cent with further increases expected, and we are seeing this with some items.

‘Farmers too are facing huge increases in input costs like fuel and fertiliser but the farmgate price is only a small percentage of the final price people pay at the checkout.’ 

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