Chinese want formula

By Country News

Chinese shoppers are involved in a sophisticated network targeting rationed infant baby formula product in Australian supermarkets, the ABC is reporting.

Some Australian shopping chains have been limiting sales of baby formula to ensure parents of infants were able to find the product they want.

The ABC has been monitoring shoppers in Adelaide and reported seeing Chinese shoppers communicating by phone, posting lookouts and posing as shoppers to monitor baby formula stock.

In some cases shop staff reported being abused when they challenged shoppers taking multiple products.

The ABC said formula that normally retails in Australia for about $30 a can sells overseas for upwards of $45 through the personal shoppers.

Meanwhile, angry customers who serve up death threats, abuse and violence to fast-food workers are being targeted in a new campaign designed to end the disrespect.

The union representing fast-food workers and retail staff, SDA, has launched the ‘No One Deserves a Serve’ campaign to put an end to the abuse after a survey found 87 per cent of fast-food workers had been subjected to verbal abuse or aggressive behaviour.

Some of the 1000 fast-food workers surveyed reported that they had received death threats, threats of rape and had cigarettes and hot coffee thrown at them.

Nearly three quarters of those who took part in the survey were women, while 41 per cent were 17 or younger.

The union’s campaign begins with an advertising blitz to spread its anti-abuse message over the festive season.