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Tesco criticised after security tags placed on £2 sweets in Barking store

10:00 18 October 2016

The £2 Jelly Babies and £3.15 Wine Gums were given security tags by the Barking Tesco to prevent theft

The £2 Jelly Babies and £3.15 Wine Gums were given security tags by the Barking Tesco to prevent theft

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Supermarket bosses have admitted that they went too far after security tags were stuck on confectionary worth just a few pounds.

The security tags at the Barking Tesco were placed on Lindt chocolates, which had been reduced in priceThe security tags at the Barking Tesco were placed on Lindt chocolates, which had been reduced in price

Staff at Tesco Express in Barking plastered the yellow stickers on reduced Jelly Babies priced at just £2 and reduced Bassetts Liquorice Allsorts costing £2.10.

The tags, which set off alarms in the event of a theft, are placed on regularly targeted items – but a Tesco spokesman admitted it was excessive in this case after a shopper pointed out the measure on Wednesday.

“We always take care to understand which products need a security tag but it seems we’ve used a few too many on this occasion,” he said.

“Since our customer has pointed this out, colleagues in our Barking store have taken a little extra care identifying which products need a tag.”

The stickers, which appeared on sweets in the Ripple Road store at the start of October, were also placed on Wine Gums priced at £3.15 and reduced Lindt chocolates costing £3.50.

A shopper who spotted them contacted Tesco on Twitter, suggesting that the measure treated customers like criminals and stigmatised the borough.

Wishing to remain anonymous, she told the Post a Tesco representative told her via the social media site that the additional security was specific to the store due to high footfall.

“It’s quite shocking – these are items you’d usually associate with children,” she said.

“It’s making a statement about the area which is quite depressing and confirms people’s worst ideas.”

She said that staff, who also put the tags on Ferrero Rocher chocolates priced at £4.73, had behaved inappropriately to loyal customers.

“It looks like we’re being viewed as criminals,” she said.

“They’re only small items worth a few pounds – it’s petty.”

A Tesco spokesman said the supermarket uses data analysis of thefts to determine which items warrant a security sticker.

But he admitted that the stickers found on sweets in the store were placed by mistake and not due to any confectionary theft trend.

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