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Tesco starts charging customers 10p for something they’ve never had to pay for before

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April 09, 2024
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Tesco has introduced a new 10p charge for something customers have never had to pay for before – hangers. The supermarket giant is trialling the additional fee at a select number of stores offering F&F clothing, where shoppers can choose to buy a hanger for 10p with their purchase or leave it behind to be reused.

Tesco confirmed the trial but remained tight-lipped about which and how many stores are involved. The charge was brought to light by a Reddit user who called it a “sneaky charge being imposed on customers” due to its unexpected introduction.

The topic has sparked conversation online among customers who have encountered the 10p fee.

One shopper recounted their surprise on the internet: “So, was in Tesco today, got some swimming clothes for the kids and my wife got a dress. Went through the scan as you shop and paid, went to get the tags taken off and was told it’s 10p for a clothes hanger or they could take it for us.”, reports Yorkshire Live.

This customer, who also happens to work at the store in question, continued: “Now I work at this store, and I’ve never heard of this. I’ve also never seen anything around the store or around the clothes section. So either someone is trying to earn some extra Dosh or it’s a sneaky charge being imposed on customers. Has anyone else had this? “.

Some Tesco customers are none too pleased about certain changes the retailer has recently rolled out. One shopper vented: “Tesco charging 10p if you want to keep their hangers now! Next there will be an entrance fee.”

A second shopper chimed in: “If this is a new thing that is actually pathetic of Tesco to do that.”

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Nonetheless, not everyone disagrees with the hike. A Redditor deemed it as “surely a good thing”, arguing that only patrons truly needing the hanger would pay for it, assisting in reducing plastic pollution.

Another internet user mentioned, “It’s a trial. They are trying to discourage people from taking hangers as they usually just get thrown away. If Tesco can hold onto them, they can utilise them again and hence cut down on production. Little planet-saving steps.”

A representative for Tesco verified that the supermarket giant wishes to reduce the amount of plastic waste within its shops. This follows the extension of a hanger reuse trial that Tesco already had in place.

The company urges shoppers to leave hangers in the store if they’re not needed. Accordingly, Tesco managers have reported an increase in the quantity of hangers being recycled.

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