Kmart takes unbelievable security measures on popular product

Popping a few grapes in your gob while doing the weekly grocery shop is one thing, but light-fingered shoppers at
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Popping a few grapes in your gob while doing the weekly grocery shop is one thing, but light-fingered shoppers at a Melbourne-based Kmart have seen the shop take drastic action.

Management at the Kmart Reservoir store in Melbourne’s north have been forced to bring in DVD-style security cases for its Cadbury chocolate after shoppers got peckish and opened the packs to snack on while they browsed the store.

An anonymous security guard has confirmed that shoppers have been seen walking around the shop while eating chocolate.

The extreme security measure means customers interested in the Cadbury product must take the chocolate to the counter to be unlocked at which time purchase will be made.

As the photo reveals, these choc-addicted thieves must be really hungry as only family-sized blocks of Cadbury’s are currently locked up for protection. It makes Starts at 60 wonder if the thieves will amend their snack habits in the future…

Kmart has not commented on whether the new security measure has been successful or if other stores across Australia will be implementing the protection.

Do you think locking chocolate up like this is overkill? What unusual security measures have you ever come across?

  1. Lyn Mellier  

    I remember the days when customers were served by staff from behind counters, most of the stock was either under glass or on shelves behind the shop counter staff. Would be interested to know the statistics of shoplifting back then before stores became open plan, or should I say open season for theives. I suppose the changes to store layouts were made to minimise staff requirements to save money. False economy really with so much stock going out the doors with shoplifters/theives.

    • Yep. I was one of the confectionery girls at Coles. We weighed and served all the Lollies.
      All stores have a certain amount of theft.

      • Lyn  

        Yes I also was one of those who had to weigh out chocolates and lollies at Coles and the bags had to be folded in a certain way

    • Kay  

      The same goes to petrol stations with drive offs.
      I recently returned from a driving trip in Europe where a lot of countries still have somebody to fill your tank & take the money. I guess here they would say the trouble
      with that is customers are not
      going into shop & being
      tempted to buy things they
      probably dont really need anyway.

  2. Babs  

    No one should steal anything. If you cannot afford it, do not take it. Good on K Mart.

    • Joy Anne Bourke  

      Yes I agree. That is stealing and u would think people would take the packet to be scanned. I see people doing that in supermarkets. That will increase the price of chocolate and then they will complain. I would think they will try taking smaller chocolate blocks.

  3. Kathryn.mcpherson  

    If it works. Do it. Why should I pay and others don’t. Chocolate is a luxury item nowadays. I go without if I cannot afford.

  4. Linsey  

    Ridiculous that Kmart checkouts are near the back of the store. Asking for trouble.

    • Irene  

      I complaint to Kmart about the location of the registers , some of the reply was it has been extensively researched and that is what the customers want and also have every thing close by ???? The store is still the same size ????? And when I went trough had to queue twice , first at registers then at the front to get out to have my bags checked , why not just leave the registers at the front and as your paying the cashier to check your bag and to make sure you paid for everything ALL IN ONE GO…………….

  5. Josephine B  

    As soon as I saw the check out placed in the middle of the store I knew they’d be asking for trouble and at the honest persons expense. A stupid idea. Bring back the front check outs and more responsible “mature” adults to the front security meet/greet position as younger people usually just stand there and not being really conscious of what they’re supposed to be doing.

  6. Josephine B  

    As soon as I saw the check out placed in the middle of the store I knew they’d be asking for trouble and at the honest persons expense. A stupid idea. Bring back the front check outs and more responsible “mature” adults to the front security meet/greet position as younger people usually just stand there and not being really conscious of what they’re supposed to be doing.

  7. Josephine B  

    As soon as I saw the check out placed in the middle of the store I knew they’d be asking for trouble and at the honest persons expense. A stupid idea. Bring back the front check outs and more responsible “mature” adults to the front security meet/greet position as younger people usually just stand there and not being really conscious of what they’re supposed to be doing.

  8. Shirley  

    It looks like Australian Kmart targets the same customer as Kmart here in the US. Just be glad you guys don’t have Walmart…!

  9. John  

    I’ve seen this with other products as well I resently saw a gent peel a Banana in my local store eat it then throw the skin back on the stand. He’s lucky my Mum didn’t see him do it he would have got a slap over the head.

  10. Easton  

    Serves them right having checkout in the middle of the store and if you want to echage something the counter is right at back of store bet there’s a lot more missing than chocolate

  11. Peter GIDDINS  

    I have seen a Mum take several kids into a KMart, and try on new shoes for the children. Then leave the old shoes behind, and walk out with the new shoes. My reaction time was too slow to get someone to intercept, as I was stunned into disbelief. We all pay for this in the end.

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