‘Not sure if it's 1 per person. Apparently staff can't take them.’
The post kicked off a spirited debate amongst the other Woolies shoppers on the forum. While we’ve seen one Aussie shopper already reveal how she scored 10 hot chooks exactly this way - click here for more - others say they’ve only see BBQ chicken discounted.
Said one follower: ‘Ours reduces them to $3.00 and sits them in a trolley at the self check out.’ Added another: ‘They reduce them to $4 at our local store.’
Said a third: ‘My local normally just reduced to $2-$3 about 30 mins before closing.’
Added one more: ‘I got them for $1.25 last week 30 mins before closing. Bought 3, stripped the meat and froze.’
But another customer Angel revealed that she picked up a stash of free chooks just before closing time, as the Woolies staffer suggested.
She said: ‘The deli manager waved us down when we walked in and told us all the chickens were free as they were full and closing in 30mins. So we jumped at that chance and filled up but left a few still there for others.’
Another Markdown Addicts follower backed up the woman’s claim, agreeing that staff can’t take home free chooks.
Said the user: ‘I used to be an assistant manager in Woolworths deli's and he was 100% correct. Staff ain't allowed to take it home as we would have got a staff discount and we can't walk out of the store with an item even if closing as it's classed as stealing.’
Shedding some light on the debate, Woolworths confirmed to New Idea Food that markdowns are at the store manager’s discretion.
A Woolworths spokesperson said: ‘Like all retailers, we work hard to minimise our stock loss with better processes in our stores.
‘This is not only the right thing to do, but also good business.
‘To help manage stock levels and reduce food waste, store managers can elect to mark down roast chickens that have been on display for up to four hours.
‘All markdowns are clearly displayed on applicable products.’
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