Sharing on Facebook, the shopper says: ‘I have COPD, Chrones Disease, a back injury, double knee replacement, hearing impaired, amongst other things, always shop at my local Coles ~ AND ~ when I went last week, one of the ladies had put a 20 pack of Quilton out the back for me. . . . . . .
‘When she saw me hobble in, she went and got it for me ~ so bloody grateful.’
Other shoppers have also called on supermarkets to make this a permanent option for elderly shoppers and those with a disability during the coronavirus crisis.
Says shopper Sharon on Facebook: ‘It is time Woolworths to think about those in the community who can not push and shove to get toilet paper ahead of people more determined to get their toilet paper at all costs.
‘How about having some of your stock in your supermarkets put aside for those who can produce a pensioner card, or disability card. Not all of our most vulnerable can get to the shops at 8 in the morning and try and get toilet paper.
How about starting to do something other than put some toilet paper on the shelves and leaving it at that. Start thinking about those who need you to step in and be more compassionate.’
Meanwhile other shoppers are calling on the supermarkets to waive delivery fees on orders for the elderly and those with a disability.
‘People with disabilities, the elderly, single parents on low incomes can't compete with the able bodied people in the hunt for the essentials,’ says customer Julia on Facebook. ‘Most of them can also not afford to pay the delivery fee, since their orders are usually small.
‘Removing delivery fees for items such as toilet paper, tissues, hand sanitiser, and other sanitary items for the duration of this crisis would go a long way in helping these vulnerable groups of people, and I am sure it would be greatly appreciated.’
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