Sunday 16 October 2016

Waitrose to stop offering free takeaway coffee and tea at some stores


Supermarklet chain Waitrose has curbed its free takeaway coffee and tea offer.

The supermarket, owned by retail giant John Lewis , has introduced the measures into eight of its stores.

And it has to be something other than a 5p plastic bag, tobacco, stamps, mobile or e-top up vouchers, a lottery ticket, or a gift voucher.

A Waitrose spokesperson refused to say how long the trial would take or whether it would be rolled out to Wales if successful.

The move follows complaints from customers that the deal was creating unnecessary queues and attracting the 'wrong kind of people'.

Before the decision was made, some Waitrose shoppers shared their disdain for people coming in for free coffee.

Jacques wrote on Twitter: "Urgh, opening time at Waitrose. Need to fight through the crowds of chavs desperate for a free coffee."

And one woman wrote: "Please don't turn into a 'soup kitchen' handing out free drinks.

"The usual clientele of Waitrose are hardly strapped for cash."

A Waitrose spokesman said: "We are carrying out a trial in eight branches where we will be making a small change.

"We'll simply be asking myWaitrose members in these shops to make a purchase before collecting their free coffee at the checkout."



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