Woolworths shopper outrage: “They are hiding hand sanitiser under the counter”

“Why does she get to buy some when no one else can?”

Editor / March 19 2020

Hygiene products have never been in a higher demand, all major supermarkets have imposed tough shopping restrictions.

For over a week now there has been no sightings of hand sanitiser on supermarket shelves or in pharmacies.

Whilst the shelves are bare across a huge number of categories, one shopper was outraged at what she saw at her local Woolworths in Southern Sydney.

Contacting Practical Parenting she said: “This afternoon whilst at my local Woolies, I saw a woman approach the smoke desk at the front, plain as day she asked to buy hand sanitiser and magically it appeared, from underneath the counter locked away from everyone.

“Why is she special, why does she get to buy some when no one else can? This is absolute b*llsh*t!

"There was no sanitiser on the shelves, everyone was looking for it, no one has seen any for weeks.

"What else are they hiding from us?!"


Empty supermarket shelves at Woolworths.

Empty supermarket shelves at Woolworths.


Yesterday announced Woolworths strict shopping limits on what consumers can currently buy, most items across the store are restricted to just 2 per category.

Some restricted to just 1 per shop including toilet paper, rice, baby wipes, serviettes and antibacterial wipes.

Today fresh milk was also added to the restricted list with shoppers limited to 2 items only.

When approached for comment Woolworths said: "We announced hand sanitiser would be sold behind the service desk, where stock was available, back on 5 March. It was in a customer email we sent to millions of customers. "

We sent the response back to the shopper who contacted us and she was bemused at the response: "Nice for some if you read junk mail, I'm sure I am not the only one in the entire country who did not know this."


Michelle Connolly has worked as a photo director, social media manager and photo editor at some of Australia's biggest media companies, including New Idea. She is now editor of Practical Parenting and loving mum-of-two.