Residents in Ilford have been warned by a local shopper to sanitise any earrings they may have bought from their nearby Sainsbury’s supermarket after claiming to witness some rather unhygienic behaviour from another shopper.
Taking to Facebook, the local shopper claimed she was in her local Sainsbury’s when she saw another shopper picking off earrings from the rack and inserting them into her earlobes before putting them back on the rack.
The person who put up the post did not clarify exactly which Sainsbury’s store in Ilford she had allegedly witnessed this behaviour, but said the incident took place on Tuesday, March 15 during the day. There are two Sainsbury’s stores in Ilford, including one large supermarket and a smaller Sainsbury’s Local.
The witness claimed: “I was in Ilford Sainsbury’s earlier today and a woman was trying on earrings from the rack, actually taking off the backs and putting them into her ears she tried on a few”.
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The witness then claimed that she went up to the woman who was trying on the earrings and informed her that “she can’t do this due to hygiene protocol”, but the woman just “shrugged her shoulders” and continued to place the earrings in her ears.
She added: “I informed customer services with regards to this. I’m not sure if any action was taken as by that time I had to dash.
“So just in case you buy any earrings from the rack in Sainsbury’s near women’s wear please do sanitise them before wearing them”.
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The good samaritan continued to advise readers of her post that they should sanitise their earrings anyway, not just the ones they buy from Sainsbury’s but also from “any shop really where the jewellery is on display like such”.
The reactions to the post said it all, with one person responding with an GIF that simply spelled out the words “that’s disgusting”.
One person responding to the post was clearly baffled by what she had just read. She said: “Why do people do that? Don’t they understand the risk?”
Another person reacted to the post saying: “Unbelievable, especially when Covid is still about and other Sainsbury’s stores still aren’t allowing you to try clothes on in store”.
Thanking the witness for coming forward, one said: “I honestly try not to buy earrings from racks in supermarkets, there should be signs up for customers or they should wrap them up with clear cellophane like some shops do”.
Asked for comment, a Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “We have strict hygiene processes and are investigating this incident.”
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