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Coles shopper stunned when supermarket advertises knives in ‘Manager’s Choice’ section

A Coles customer was stunned to see the local supermarket promoting a popular range of knives as part of a ‘Manager’s Choice’ promotion just two weeks after Woolworths banned the sale of knives after a violent stabbing outside one of its stores .

On Reddit, the stunned shopper shared an image online from the MasterChef Knives giveaway following the stabbing in Brunswick, north Melbourne, two weeks ago.

Witnesses in Melbourne said on Oct. 18 that a man verbally assaulted shoppers before allegedly assaulting another 60-year-old man with a knife while he waited in line.

He also attacked a security guard at the scene.

The 20-year-old perpetrator was taken to hospital where he was treated for self-inflicted injuries and underwent a mental health assessment before being charged.

How Coles Showcases ‘Manager’s Choice’ Knives to Customers as Part of a Joint Promotion with MasterChef

Customers can take home the much sought-after knives after collecting a certain amount of store credits

Customers can take home the much sought-after knives after collecting a certain amount of store credits

Luke Mangan is a prominent Australian chef who is also known for his appearance on MasterChef

Luke Mangan is a prominent Australian chef who is also known for his appearance on MasterChef

Following the incident, Woolworths chose to temporarily ban the sale of knives and scissors in their more than 1,000 stores across the country.

However, rival chain Coles has included the knives in a promotion that gives customers the chance to earn store credits every time they shop and ultimately take the knives home for free.

“If this is Coles’ equivalent to Woolies not selling knives because of the recent Melbourne stabbing, then OMG…” the Reddit user wrote.

The post soon had many people talking online, with many defensive Coles.

‘I’m #TeamColes. I think they just started another MasterChef knife action. I got three knives last time and they’ve proved really useful,” one wrote.

Another said the withdrawal of knives to prevent such extremely rare stabbings was evidence of a ‘nanny state’.

A Coles spokesperson said the promotion with MasterChef has been a resounding success.

“The MasterChef range of knives is still Coles’ most popular loyalty program to date with the highest participation rate among Australian households,” they said. 7 News.

“Our customers loved the program and we reduced it in response to popular demand. This year’s range includes new stainless steel MasterChef knives, scissors and an electric mini shredder, as well as a return of the four most popular knives from last year’s collection.”

On October 18, police detained the alleged bleaker at a Woolworths in Barkly Square shopping center on Sydney Road, Brunswick.

It is clear that the man tried to cut off his own fingers after the random attack.

A sign advising shoppers on the temporary withdrawal of knives and scissors at Woolworths in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast.

A sign advising shoppers on the temporary withdrawal of knives and scissors at Woolworths in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast. “We are conducting a risk assessment of our store security controls before determining our next step,” Woolworths said

A police officer stands guard at Barkly Square shopping center in Brunswick, Melbourne after the alleged attacks on a shopper and security guard on Monday

A police officer stands guard at Barkly Square shopping center in Brunswick, Melbourne after the alleged attacks on a shopper and security guard on Monday

The incident took place shortly after 8am on Monday morning, when police used non-lethal force to subdue a man after he allegedly assaulted a shopper and a security guard at a Woolworths in Barkly Square shopping center (above) in Sydney. Road, Brunswick in Melbourne

The incident took place shortly after 8am on Monday morning, when police used non-lethal force to subdue a man after he allegedly assaulted a shopper and a security guard at a Woolworths in Barkly Square shopping center (above) in Sydney. Road, Brunswick in Melbourne

Woolworths confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that it had ‘temporarily’ removed the items from all its stores across Australia following the Melbourne supermarket incident.

“The safety and well-being of our team and our customers is our top priority,” said a spokesperson.

“We are conducting a risk assessment of our store security controls before determining our next step.

“We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate our customers’ understanding at this time.”

Woolworths confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that it had withdrawn the items from sale in its 995 stores across Australia until it had assessed store safety.  Pictured: a Woolworths supermarket in Brisbane

Woolworths confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that it had withdrawn the items from sale in its 995 stores across Australia until it had assessed store safety. Pictured: a Woolworths supermarket in Brisbane

Kitchen knives available from Woolworths, pictured on the supermarket giant's website

Kitchen knives available from Woolworths, pictured on the supermarket giant’s website

Police on site Monday.  A 20-year-old man was taken to hospital where he was treated for self-inflicted injuries and underwent a mental health assessment

Police on site Monday. A 20-year-old man was taken to hospital where he was treated for self-inflicted injuries and underwent a mental health assessment

Shopper Suzanne Stewart (pictured) told media she saw a man

Shopper Suzanne Stewart (pictured) told media she saw a man “covered in blood” come out of the store. ‘I was scared, I was terrified,’ said Mrs Stewart

Police talk to witnesses at Melbourne's Barkly Square shopping center after Monday's incident

Police talk to witnesses at Melbourne’s Barkly Square shopping center after Monday’s incident

Woolworths had sold a range of kitchen knives and scissors in stores, including the Wiltshire Trinity knife.

Shopper Suzanne Stewart told media she saw a man “covered in blood” come out of the store.

“I was scared, I was terrified,” said Mrs. Stewart.

“I just wanted to get out of there. I don’t know what would have happened if that guard hadn’t intervened.’

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