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Groceries mean business

Friday, 20th March, 2020

Gourmet Cribtin’s Alecia Green with the milk she and her staff need to make coffee and food for their patrons. PICTURE: Emily McInerney Gourmet Cribtin’s Alecia Green with the milk she and her staff need to make coffee and food for their patrons. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

A cafe owner is asking people not to judge shoppers because they may be buying goods for their customers.

The Gourmet Cribtin’s Alecia Green said she had to get milk and fresh goods for her cafe yesterday and when she started packing her car, a couple starting filming her.

“Everything we do is normally through the online delivery,” Alecia said.

“But since that’s been stopped we’re having to go to the shops every day.

“We make everything fresh every day, so it’s so much harder.”

She said the checkout staff knew she was getting items for the cafe.

“We had to put milk through two at a time, but by the time we finished we had eight receipts,” Alecia said.

“It’s crazy.”

Once outside, she started packing the car and noticed she was being filmed.

“People are so quick to judge and not everyone knows I own the Cribtin.

“I think it’s important for people to remember not to judge so quickly.”

Alecia said items were getting harder to come by.

“It’s really hard to get skim milk. There were 10 on the shelf, but I made sure only to grab three.

“Lactose-free milk will start to get harder to buy as well. I use a more expensive brand so I’m sure it won’t be long until it’s hard to find.

“Other items like spinach is hard to find, a lot of meats, oranges, sugar, flour, pasta - we make a fresh pasta salad every day, so these are things we need.”

Alecia said she hadn’t spoken with other cafes around town, but Stone’s on Argent’s Dylan Stone was interested in all cafes meeting for a chat.

“That is something I would be interested in doing,” she said.

Dylan is calling for the establishment of a Broken Hill cafe and takeaway committee to address the COVID-19 crisis.

He said he would like to see uniform guidelines for all small food businesses in Broken Hill in order to contain COVID-19 when the outbreak occurs. 

Dylan wants affordable alternatives for vulnerable people in the community, such as cheaper meals and easier delivery services, regulated trading hours, supplies and stock, and other issues such as stock delay and staff shortages. 

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