A Tesco store's decision to place anti-theft tags on its five pence plastic bags was a "mistake" the company has conceded, as shoppers report heightened security up and down the country.
Pictures emerged online which showed tags installed on bags at Tesco's shop in Surrey Quays, south-east London.
A user of the Sh*t London Facebook group initially reported the scene, before others noticed the tags at the store.
As if Tesco have started putting security tags on the bags... Come on guys 😂 pic.twitter.com/VdG5Z6x7rD— Jordan McInnes (@jordan1mcinnes) October 9, 2015
Now Tesco says that this decision was not policy, and that it was doing all it can to help customers cope with the newly-introduced charge.
Tesco told The Independent: "We've been doing everything we can to help customers minimise the impact of the bag levy charge and we're really pleased with how our customers have responded.
"This incident was a mistake, security tags should not be placed on this product."
But now people are reporting similarly bizarre incidents at supermarkets across the country.
Yesterday some prick security guard in Tesco stopped me on the way out to check my receipt for the 5p bag I was carrying out.— Callux (@Callux) October 6, 2015
@Tesco Times must be hard if security guard is issuing 1 carrier bag per customer...it's making no one use self checkout. Making queues— Ashley (@AshleyLlewellyn) October 10, 2015
Tesco have a security guard for their plastic bags. Just give me a bag you cretin, I don't have 8 arms!!— Harry (@ThroughTheWiFi) October 6, 2015
Security at Sainsbury self check out. Out for those 5p bag thieves! #5pbagcharge— Hussein Hudda (@hhudda) October 10, 2015
Just got beeped by security walking out of asda with 2 bottles of wine in my hands looked like a right thief because I didn't want a bag 😂— Meg (@meganbloomer) October 9, 2015
Crazy, one woman's banned from asda for not paying the 5p toll for one bag, a tesco has security bags— Jake Rayner (@jakerayner20) October 10, 2015