Coles buyer stunned as supermarket advertises knives in ‘Manager’s Choice’ section
A Coles customer was stunned to see the local supermarket advertise a popular knife line as part of a ‘Manager’s Choice’ promotion just two weeks after Woolworths banned the sale of knives in the wake of ‘a violent stabbing outside one of its stores.
Speaking to Reddit, the astonished shopper shared an image online of the MasterChef Knives giveaway in the wake of the knife attack in Brunswick, north Melbourne, a fortnight ago.
Witnesses in Melbourne on October 18 said a man verbally assaulted shoppers before he allegedly attacked another man, in his 60s, with a knife as he waited in a line of waiting.
He also attacked a security guard at the scene.
The perpetrator, 20, was taken to hospital where he was treated for self-inflicted injuries and underwent a mental health assessment before being charged.
How Coles Introduces “Manager’s Choice” Knives to Customers in Joint Promotion with MasterChef
Customers can take any requested knives home with them after collecting a certain amount of in-store credits
Luke Mangan is a prominent Australian chef who is also known for his appearance on MasterChef
In the aftermath of the incident, Woolworths chose to temporarily ban the sale of knives and scissors in its 1,000+ stores across the country.
However, rival chain Coles has included the knives in a promotion that allows customers to earn store credits every time they shop and potentially take the knives home for free.
“If this is the equivalent of Coles so that Woolies does not sell knives due to the recent stabbing in Melbourne, then OMG…” the Reddit user wrote.
The post quickly got many people talking online, with many Coles defending it.
‘I’m #TeamColes. I think they just launched another promotion of MasterChef knives. I had three knives the last time around and they actually turned out to be very useful, ”one wrote.
Another said that removing the knives from sale to prevent these extremely rare stabbing occurrences was evidence of a “nanny state”.
A Coles spokesperson said the promotion with MasterChef had been a resounding success.
“The MasterChef knife line continues to be Coles’ most popular loyalty program to date with the highest participation rate among Australian households,” they told 7 News.
“Our customers loved the program and we brought it back by popular demand. This year’s lineup includes new MasterChef stainless steel knives, scissors and a mini electric chopper, as well as a return of the four most popular knives from last year’s collection. ‘
On October 18, police subdued the suspected stabber at a Woolworths shopping center in Barkly Square on Sydney Road, Brunswick.
It is understood that the man attempted to cut his fingers off after the random attack.
A sign advising buyers of the temporary removal of knives and scissors from sale at Woolworths in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast. “We are undertaking a risk assessment on our store security controls before determining our next step,” said Woolworths
A policeman stands guard at Barkly Square shopping center in Brunswick, Melbourne, after the alleged attacks on a shopper and a security guard on Monday
The incident occurred shortly after 8 a.m. Monday morning, when police used non-lethal force to restrain a man after he allegedly attacked a customer and a security guard at a Woolworths shopping center in Barkly Square (above) on Sydney Road, Brunswick in Melbourne
Woolworths confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that it had “temporarily” removed the items from all of its stores across Australia after the Melbourne supermarket incident.
“The safety and well-being of our team and our customers is our top priority,” said a spokesperson.
“We are undertaking a risk assessment of our store security controls before determining our next step.
“We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate the understanding of our customers at this time.”
Woolworths confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that it had removed the items from sale at its 995 stores across Australia until it reviewed store security. Pictured: A Woolworths supermarket in Brisbane
Kitchen knives available at Woolworths, pictured on the supermarket giant’s website
Police at the scene Monday. A 20-year-old man was taken to hospital where he was treated for self-inflicted injuries and underwent a mental health assessment.
Customer Suzanne Stewart (pictured) told media she saw a man ‘covered in blood’ walk out of the store “I was scared, I was petrified,” said Ms Stewart
Police speak to witnesses at Barkly Square shopping center in Melbourne after Monday’s incident
Woolworths had sold a range of kitchen knives and scissors in stores, including the Wiltshire Trinity knife.
Customer Suzanne Stewart told media she saw a man “covered in blood” walk out of the store.
“I was scared, I was petrified,” Ms. Stewart said.
“I just wanted to get away from there. I don’t know what would have happened if this security guard… hadn’t intervened.