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> Bringing Home The Bacon In Byres Road, Customers resort to nicking cheap meat
post 30th Sep 2011, 06:58am
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Evidence that the recession is biting into Glasgow's squeezed middle classes emerged today after it was revealed that well-heeled shoppers in some of Glasgow's most affluent areas have been helping themselves to low-price items at city Tesco stores.

Tesco branches in affluent areas of the city, including Merchant City and Byres Road, have had to resort to putting electronic security tags on items such as bacon (2) and mince (2.50) after thefts of some meat products reached epidemic proportions. Such tagging measures have previously been reserved for higher-value and luxury items such as DVDs and televisions.

Liberal Democrat councillor for Hillhead, Ken Elder, whose party is part of the UK coalition government imposing deep cuts, said:
"I am surprised and disappointed ... having to remove the security tag from your pork chop seems a bit excessive."

A Tesco spokesman said:
"It is not a universal rule to tag raw meat products, and the decision would have been taken by managers at local level. For years certain products have always been tagged, [and] if any store has an issue with meat theft, action will be taken."

One local customer responded with dismay, saying:
"Perhaps, due to the recession, those who can't afford to feed themselves are resorting to theft. Some people just can't afford to pay for things and these measures are a result of for that."

Meanwhile, just a few miles away in the Tesco store in the poorest constituency in the UK, Glasgow North East, the bacon remains tag-free ... for the time being!

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- GG   Bringing Home The Bacon In Byres Road   30th Sep 2011, 06:58am
- - Strangelove   Yeesh! The brand of bacon I prefer goes for ab...   30th Sep 2011, 07:31am
- - RedSkywalker   I object to your use of the word "just" ...   30th Sep 2011, 08:31am
- - Melody   Oh ah love it Martin. The thought that those who ...   30th Sep 2011, 08:38am
|- - Guest   Perhaps Springburn Tesco should have security guar...   30th Sep 2011, 11:11am
- - TeeHeeHee   I pay 1.90 for pack of 8 rashers (125g) which wor...   30th Sep 2011, 08:45am
- - *bette*   Morning folks, thought for today, I have recently ...   30th Sep 2011, 08:50am
|- - Alex MacPhee   QUOTE (*bette* @ 30th Sep 2011, 10:36am) ...   30th Sep 2011, 11:09am
- - bilbo.s   It´s April 1st. right ? Or has the Daily Sp...   30th Sep 2011, 08:52am
- - Springfield   Definitely agree with RedSkyWalker ... theft is th...   30th Sep 2011, 09:01am
- - Jupiter   There is no doubt in my opinion that the west end ...   30th Sep 2011, 09:16am
- - droschke7   theft is indeed theft, whether it's a packet o...   30th Sep 2011, 09:44am
- - kenb   the nurses flats they were the days say no more...   30th Sep 2011, 09:46am
- - wee davy   search me, kenb! (go on, a dare ye lol) ye...   30th Sep 2011, 10:01am
- - Guest   The two most popular items that people, usually dr...   30th Sep 2011, 10:09am
- - Jupiter   Kenb,many of the nurses were from the Highlands an...   30th Sep 2011, 10:19am
- - *greta*   Hi, whilst I do agree with the fact that theft is ...   30th Sep 2011, 10:24am
- - amclpreston   The poll... If someone is stealing to feed their ...   30th Sep 2011, 10:49am
|- - Alex MacPhee   QUOTE (amclpreston @ 30th Sep 2011, 12:35...   30th Sep 2011, 11:12am
- - Jupiter   There is one big drawback when stealing from a sho...   30th Sep 2011, 11:10am
|- - *bert millers son*   I blame the tourists.... first they are throwing t...   30th Sep 2011, 11:13am
- - 0141black   Of course, the fact that the local Tesco manager c...   30th Sep 2011, 11:15am
- - stratson   One of the local Govanhill girls way back in the l...   30th Sep 2011, 11:30am
- - wee davy   QUOTE (*greta* @ 30th Sep 2011, 11:10am) ...   30th Sep 2011, 11:31am
|- - TeeHeeHee   QUOTE (wee davy @ 30th Sep 2011, 12:17pm)...   30th Sep 2011, 12:01pm
- - wee davy   QUOTE No excuse for theft. Mind you if my kids we...   30th Sep 2011, 11:34am
- - Alex MacPhee   Perhaps supermarkets could have a special counter ...   30th Sep 2011, 11:58am
|- - wee davy   QUOTE (Alex MacPhee @ 30th Sep 2011, 12:4...   30th Sep 2011, 12:35pm
- - MM   In the recession of the late 1970/early 80s we mov...   30th Sep 2011, 11:59am
- - thunder badger   The poll never mentioned anything about feeding ki...   30th Sep 2011, 12:44pm
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