An anonymous Townsville mother, named Nadine, told Kidspot she was approached while purchasing cheap milk in Woolworths.
The stranger reportedly told Nadine: “It’s people like you that are contributing to the downfall of the local farmers – you and your $2 milk.”
Nadine defended herself by saying: “I support local businesses where I can – I buy my papers and mags from a newsagency when I can afford it and I buy bread from the local bakery, WHO THE F**K ARE YOU TO JUDGE ME!”
The cheap milk boycott started after dairy farmers rallied people to buy branded milk – but even struggling dairy farmers have admitted they sometimes buy cheap milk.
In response to Nadine’s story, Kellie Burns posted on Facebook: “Of course us (dairy farmers) aren’t the only people facing tough times. You do what you need to do and if that means you need to buy $1 then please do.
“Don’t be ashamed by it. No ones knows your situation, it takes a very rude person to pipe up to a stranger and dictate to them what they should be buying,” she said.
— Simon Tabet (@SimonTabet) May 17, 2016
Activists have been buying branded dairy to help out Australian farmers. Image via Twitter.
The boycott comes at a time when the Salvation Army have warned about disturbing new statistics” about poverty in Australia.
Their annual report found 68 per cent of people living in private rental properties or paying off a mortgage are experiencing extreme housing stress.
“What we’ve discovered is that life on the breadline is tough,” said Salvation Army Spokesman Major Gary Masters.
“People are just anxious to put meals on the table,” he added.
The Australian-wide survey found 86 per cent of people went without five or more basic items a week and that included meals.