Reddit Australia is tonight doing what it does best, grouping together to unearth conspiratorial intelligence regarding grocery shopping, with increasing reports Coles has brought back the much maligned “unexpected item in baggage area” bullshittery.

It was back in February 2016 when the Aussie supermarket chain announced it was ditching the insanely annoying aspect of their self-service checkout facilities, that chirped at you incessantly if the weight sensor in the baggage area thought something was awry (or you sneezed near it), also locking you out of proceeding until an attendant, who definitely hates you, begrudgingly came over to unlock it.

Woolies quickly followed suit and since then we’ve lived our grocery lives free of the chains of baggage area weight discrepancies, despite a slight hiccup earlier this year when Coles limited the self-servo to 12 items or less, ’cause you mongrels were swiping spenny goods through as brown onions at alarming rates.

But those halcyon days may be over, with multiple reports on this reddit post of Coles self-service checkout machines functioning with the “unexpected item” nuisance.

Coles May Have Re-Introduced The Self Serve “Unexpected Item In Baggage” BS

We’ve kept our eye on the post all arvo and there are now confirmed (well, reddit confirmed) accounts from Coles in Frankston and Tooronga, with one punter even saying he was told by a Coles employee “it’s coming back to all Coles due to $18M increase in shrinkage.”

Coles May Have Re-Introduced The Self Serve “Unexpected Item In Baggage” BS

Coles May Have Re-Introduced The Self Serve “Unexpected Item In Baggage” BS

HMMMMMmmmmmm.

Keep an eye on the flow of reports via the reddit post here and comment on our Facebook if you have your own experiences of this dastardly return to ye old Coles times.

We’ll keep you updated.

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