Monday, 13 June 2011

Supermarket Spies: Nanny State Gone Wild

I don't shop at Sainsbury's, but if I did this would be a reason to stop.

Supermarket staff are being trained by health officials to ‘spy’ on customer shopping baskets, it emerged last night.

The government-backed scheme to be rolled out at Sainsbury’s stores nationwide aims to identify ‘hidden carers’ – people who look after elderly, sick or disabled relatives do not realise they could be entitled to support.

Under the scheme, cashiers will be asked to watch out for unusual shopping habits and taught to discretely ask customers about their personal circumstances while serving them.