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New Zealand supermarket claims customers are stealing from baskets because plastic bag ban

A supermarket in New Zealand has lost his baskets after the announcement of a ban on single-use plastic bags.

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New Zealand shoppers have not responded well to the island with the phasing out of single-use plastic bags in supermarkets — and now they are allegedly stealing containers from the supermarkets.

Countdown supermarket in Auckland has removed single-use plastic bags from the shops in the last month, and in the time since it has gone from 200 baskets to about six, Stuff reports.

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“There is no more than 10 links. It’s crazy,” Countdown Orewa customer service manager Marlene Williams said that Stuff.

The supermarket said that they will continue to provide customers with baskets, but requested that customers return the stolen carriers, so that other customers can make use of them.

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“[It] is of course disappointing, but we also understand that sometimes it can be difficult,” Williams said.

Countdown Orewa was one of the 42 in the supermarket chain, which stopped the use of plastic bags. Chain locations now sell reusable bags for customers that costs between 15 cents and $1.

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Although customers seem to be upset with the change, they have not resorted with the same violence as some did in Australia, when supermarkets stopped supplying free plastic bags.

According to DW, 57 of 132 supermarket staff reported client abuse after the ban went into effect.

“A male client in the self-serve area swore loudly at a female worker,” the union’s deputy secretary Ben Harris told the news agency AFP. “They gave him with a number of free bags and apologized.”

Another allegedly had a client walk up behind her and put his hands around her throat,” after making a mistake with his items at the check-out.

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Australia and New Zealand are not the only areas to have a ban on plastic bags. In the United States, California banned the distribution of free single-use of plastic in the entire state in 2016.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

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