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Video: Tesco shoppers filmed fighting over reduced-price meat

It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘bargain hunting’.

SUPERMARKET CHAIN TESCO has said it’s looking into an incident in a store in the UK this week – after shoppers were ordered to “sit” before they scrambled to pick up cut price meat products.

The video, shot on Monday by Johnny Lester and uploaded to his Facebook page, has been seen by millions of people since he posted it.

Filmed at the Weston Favell Tesco in Northampton, it shows shoppers crowding the meat counter as the bargain products are about to be placed out.

“Move back down otherwise I’m taking them away,” a voice can be heard saying.

Once staff have placed the bargain meat on display, shoppers can be seen scrambling to reach it – elbowing others out of the way as they attempt to fill their baskets.

3 Source: Johnny Lester/Facebook

“I actually cannot believe this,” a man can be heard saying, as the scene plays out.

“It’s disgusting,” a woman comments.

Lester, posting the video, said he had been amazed by what he’d seen.

“People waiting for the reduced food to be brought out, fair enough,” he wrote.

But the staff have to tell them to wait and stay back like you would a dog while your preparing its dinner, then have to be told to let the staff out so they don’t get crushed when every one piles in….literally, how there was not a fight is beyond me.

A Tesco spokesman said in a statement to the BBC that the “safety of our customers and colleagues is of paramount importance to us”.

Source: SWNS TV/YouTube

The store manager, he added ”will take steps to prevent a similar situation happening again”.

We are continually trying to improve the way we deal with surplus food, this includes making better reductions earlier in the day to make it easier for customers and colleagues in the evening.

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