One of the largest supermarkets in the UK has angered shoplifters in downtown shops by carrying the costs of individual bananas.
Tesco has changed the pricing of its bananas and now the bananas are priced individually instead of the weight-based pricing, which means that the cost of the fruit has more than doubled in some of its Tesco Metro and Express stores. branches.
The new price method means that bananas that previously cost 10 – 15 p can now cost 25 pence.
The price of a single banana has been walked by the grocer from about 10-15p to 25p
Tesco, headquartered in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, blamed the price increase for & # 39; more expensive & # 39; lease contracts.
A Tesco spokesman said: & # 39; Because of the higher costs associated with serving our Express and Metro stores, there is a small premium on a number of products.
& # 39; Our convenience stores are located at prime, central locations where rental contracts are more expensive compared to outside the city of Extras and Superstores. & # 39;
Twitter users came out to beat Tesco to increase the price of individual bananas
Tesco responded to some Twitter users by reasoning with them that these stores are very expensive leases & # 39; to have
The price change came into force last week, with a number of Twitter users who immediately demanded that the new 25p price was a substantial premium on the 14p that the store charges online.
Chris Groves, a Twitter user (@NOT_wappy), picked up the price increase on August 28 and said: & # 39; @Tesco a) Why are bananas now settled by quantity and not by weight?
& # 39; b) Why did I have to charge 25p PER BANANA (Canary Wharf), but on the Tesco website they are only 14p. & # 39;
The prices have been hiked in Tesco Metro and Tesco Express stores, mostly at locations where lease contracts are expensive
A representative from Tesco responded to Mr. Groves to let him know why the price had gone up, and explained: "Our London Metro stores are located at prime, central locations where rental contracts are very expensive compared to outside the City Extra & # 39; s and Superstores. & # 39;
Mr. Groves noted, however, that the price had risen relatively sharply and said that he & # 39; sure they had only 15 p in the same store last week.
Other users slammed the grocery for increasing the price of the healthy snack, when sweets are discounted massively & # 39 ;.
@josh_the_olive closed the store for the price of the healthy snack
@avrildeane has tweeted the company to complain about the prices in her local store
Twitter user Josh (@ josh_the_olive), questioned the supermarket chain and asked them: Why do you stop charging bananas by weight?
& # 39; The only healthy thing that is practical to eat on the go is sold at a premium and yet choc and sweets are all massively discounted. & # 39;
This was when user avril deane (@avrildeane) used the slogan of the supermarkets when she accused the retailer that customers thought she was stupid & # 39; goods.
In recent years, the retailer has been squeezed when German retailers entered the British market
& # 39; Everything helps, Tesco? Not if you now charge 25p per single banana in our local store instead of per kilo? You must think we are stupid! & # 39;
The supermarket has nearly 3,500 stores in the United Kingdom, including approximately 2,700 convenience stores, including 1,749 Express stores, 776 One-Stop and 172 Metro stores.