UK TREND : Twitter outrage over white women complaining about Waitrose shortages.
Waitrose experienced shortages of fresh produce due to an IT issue that caused backlogs at its distribution centres. As a result, customers voiced their frustration on social media platforms. Products like coleslaw, salad vegetables, and apples became unavailable, triggering an outpouring of complaints. Among those dissatisfied was journalist Allison Pearson, who dedicated an entire article in The Telegraph to declare her decision to “give up on Waitrose.”
The Twitter hashtag #Waitrose gained traction as users mocked Pearson for her perceived melodrama. They also expressed their exasperation at her choice of topic, considering the ongoing national cost-of-living crisis. This crisis has compelled over 750,000 individuals to resort to food banks for the first time this year. The juxtaposition of complaints about Waitrose shortages with the larger societal issues at hand led to further criticism and scrutiny on social media.
Assuming this is correct, what the hell is going on in Waitrose that they don't have any food when everywhere else is positively groaning under the weight of it all?
Simply weird… https://t.co/TPtMLQwmEs
— Russi 🐻 (@russellmoore) June 2, 2023
If Allison Pearson tried to lecture me on why she’s giving up Waitrose while over 750,000 people in the last year used a food bank for the first time I would simply push her the fuck over x pic.twitter.com/4EMuC7mU2j
— Buckers (@deathofbuckley) June 2, 2023
Twitter users ridiculed Pearson, with some sarcastically remarking, “Breaking news: a privileged white woman takes a swipe at Waitrose because she can’t find some items.” They further commented on The Telegraph’s perceived conservative leaning, humorously renaming it the “Tory graph.”
Breaking news. Well-off white woman decides to have a go at Waitrose because she can't get stuff. #firstworldproblems – The #Torygraph is really just the Daily Mail with a nicer font. pic.twitter.com/4b1C68yUbC
— @firstname.lastname@example.org 👨💻 (@RenegadeGastro) June 2, 2023
Twitter users also remarked that it would have been useful if the “ alleged journalist Allison Pearson had bothered to read about the widely reported IT problem at Waitrose, before writing her fact-free waffle for the Tory graph”.
It would have been nice if alleged “journalist” Allison Pearson had bothered to read about the widely-reported IT problem at Waitrose, before writing her fact-free waffle for the Torygraph
— Smppsm (@Smppsm2) June 2, 2023
Members of the public also voiced their perspective on Waitrose as a Supermarket chain, asserting that it represents privilege and is disconnected from the challenges faced by society.
Pearson was also reminded by individuals that shopping at Waitrose is not compulsory and that there are other supermarkets to choose from.
You do know shopping at Waitrose isn’t mandatory and that other supermarkets exist 🤔
— Rose Mary (@Rose_Mary61) June 2, 2023
In ridiculing her lack of credibility as a journalist, people mockingly commented that “Waitrose must be thrilled with this article, considering Allison Pearson’s impeccable track record of being consistently wrong about everything.”
— james barty (@jamesbarty) June 2, 2023
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