Children at risk in supermarket aisles

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 February, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 February, 2002, 12:00am

The news of a young boy crushed by a TV set brings to mind another potential danger which will especially put small children at risk this Lunar New Year.

The problem is goods which are stacked up in aisles in supermarkets. It is common practice for goods, even heavy goods, like glass bottles, heavy tins, or large plastic bottles of water, to be piled one metre to 1.5 metres high.

Often only a slight nudge will start them swaying back and forth. I have mentioned this problem to numerous store managers to no lasting avail. Perhaps when these goods are initially stacked they are relatively stable. However, customers do not necessarily take an item which will leave the rest of the pile at its safest. So the stack may become progressively more dangerous. One store manager explained to me that the store policy was such because of a great demand over the New Year.

To me this translates as 'Our profit is more important than the safety of our customers.' I sincerely hope that it does not take the serious injury or death of a small child to change the practice of supermarkets.


Yuen Long