Aldi CANCELS special purchases in closed off areas of Sydney after outrage over ‘locust plague’ from shoppers swarming a store in Covid-ravaged west of the city
- Aldi has suspended some ‘special purchases’ in Sydney after shocking crowds formed
- Ray Hadley criticized Aldi for promoting reduced inventory during Covid pandemic
- 2GB Host Said Aldi Was ‘Irresponsible’ And Demanded It Stop Showing Deals
- The ‘special purchases’ every Wednesday and Saturday attract hordes of Aldi shoppers
Supermarket giant Aldi will stop selling some of its popular ‘special purchases’ promotions to areas under lockdown, following alarming news of massive crowds in Covid-ravaged west Sydney frantically hunting for a range of in-store bargains .
The crowds at a crowded Aldi in Blacktown this week shocked many online, especially with Sydney in extended lockdown as the number of cases linked to the Indian Delta variant of Covid-19 continues to shake the Harbor City.
Some of the discounted items up for grabs included discounted Bonds underwear and children’s clothing.
Aldi’s ‘special purchases’ are usually in stores across Australia every Wednesday and Saturday, attracting dozens of customers and often wild queues before the store even opens.
But now select special purchases are not being sold in areas under lockdown, including all of Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast, Shellharbour on the south coast of NSW and the Blue Mountains.
Despite the closure in western Sydney, dozens of shoppers headed to Aldi to grab some bargains (photo, shoppers in store in May this year)
Radio shock jock Ray Hadley condemned the behavior, labeling Aldi irresponsible for organizing their popular ‘special purchases’ during the Sydney lockdown (photo, shoppers in store in May)
Aldi made the decision after strong reactions from radio shock jock Ray Hadley.
“During the pandemic, it is in no one’s best interest, including our interest, to cause peak trade periods or encourage queues,” a company spokesperson told the Daily Mail Australia.
“We would not knowingly participate in activities to encourage behavior that violates public health regulations.”
In the broadcast, Hadley accused the supermarket chain of being “irresponsible” for continuing to market its cheap purchases during the lockdown.
“It’s like a plague of locusts when people queue up to get there,” he said during his morning radio show on 2GB.
“Get your head in!”
Hadley’s outburst came after a listener sent a photo of a crowded Aldi in Blacktown the day after a suburban block of flats under police guard was completely shut down to cope with a Covid outbreak.
Hadley summoned the CEO of Aldi Australia and demanded that he appear on his show, admitting the promotion is a bad idea.
“Can the Aldi CEO Tom Daunt – don’t be put off by my words Tom – come here and be a little brave, have some balls and say ‘yeah, you’re right Ray,'” said the 2GB host.
“Irresponsible cr*p, that’s it.”
“In addition to our core range of everyday grocery items, we offer our customers twice a week a range of Special Buys™ that can include everything from electronics, such as LCD TVs and DVD players, to clothing and furniture,” reads the website. aldi. .
“Stocks are limited, so to make sure you don’t miss out, we recommend that you visit ALDI as early as possible when the new Special Buys™ go on sale.”
An Aldi spokesperson said the company would not knowingly engage in activities to encourage behavior that violates public health regulations.