Asda shoppers force staff to stop scanning food mid-checkout due to high prices

Asda shoppers have been left with no option other than to ask staff to stop scanning their items mid-checkout when the total pay amount passes their weekly budgets.

The supermarket's boss has made a gut-wrenching admission about the ongoing situation, and claimed workers at the petrol station are facing a similar dilemma.

New figures have revealed that supermarket prices have reached a 13-year high, which has led to more and more shoppers being left struggling to afford what they need, The Mirror reports.

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Asda's chairman even claimed that a lot of people have been left with no other choice but to ask staff to stop scanning mid-checkout when their price limit has been hit to ensure they don't overspend.

Others are making use of the self-checkouts for big shops to save them the embarrassment of telling checkout workers that they can't afford all the items they put into their trolleys, the Manchester Evening News reports.

In conversation with the BBC, Lord Stuart Rose described a "massive change" in customers' behaviour and said the Government needs to do more to help those in low income households.

He said: "People are trading back. They are worried about spending.

"They've got a limit that they've set out, too. They say £30 is one limit… and if they get to more than £30 then that's it, stop. It's the same with petrol."

He also noted that several people won't be able to recall the inflation of the 1970s, and said the scale of the cost of living crisis has been a huge shock to many.

He added: "I'm of the generation that remembers what it was like last time. And once [inflation] gets hold, it's quite pernicious."

It's said Brits should expect their annual shopping bills to leap by £380 this year as new figures show that food price inflation has hit a 13-year high.

New data issued by Kantar exposed that grocery price inflation increased to 8.3% within just four weeks to June 12, which was up from 7% in May and its most significant since April 2009.

Due to the fact that prices in food and groceries continue to rise, the average annual shopping bill is now thought to jump by £380 to £4,960 in 2022.

According to LancsLive, more shoppers are continuing to swap branded items for supermarkets' cheaper own-label products in attempt to try and save money where they can.

Meanwhile the average price of a litre of petrol in the UK leaped to a new high of 189.3p on Tuesday, according to data firm Experian.

The average price of diesel came in at 197.1p per litre.

In addition the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported the rate of inflation increased again in May, remaining at 40-year highs and putting financial pressure on many households across the country.

The rate of consumer prices index (CPI) inflation also leaped from 9% in April to 9.1% in May, according to the figures.


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