She writes: ‘Hey Woolies. Can you please relax the limits on any kind of beans and lentils of just 2 tins. I feel as a vegetarian I’m being “discriminated” against. Why such a strict limit on these but not meat?
‘Could you please lift the limits to at least 2 types of each kind of beans or lentils so I can at least buy 2 tins of lentils and 2 tins of red kidney beans and 2 tins of black beans in 1 shop.
‘At the moment I have to increase my potential exposure to Covid19 as I now have to shop more often since we get through at least 2 tins every 2 days. I’d like to be able to reduce my exposure and shop less! Please increase the limits a bit!’
But while restrictions are in place on canned items at Woolworths, there are no restrictions on fresh fruit and vegetables - meaning Kate, and other vegetarians, can stock up as much as they like.
Speaking to New Idea Food, a Woolworths spokesperson said: ‘Last month we made the difficult but necessary decision to place limits on a wide range of in-demand items to help ensure as many customers as possible had access to essential food and groceries.
We understand the limits have been frustrating for many customers and have been working hard behind the scenes to increase our supply so we can remove them as quickly as possible.
‘In recent weeks, we’ve removed limits on packaged meat, fresh milk and breakfast cereals as supply has improved and we expect more products to come off in the weeks ahead.’
Kate’s plight didn’t attract a lot of sympathy on Facebook, with many questioning whether it was in fact discrimination.
Said one: ‘Yeah nah, that's not discrimination in any way, shape or form.’ Added another: ‘OMG!’