24 Jan, 2024 @ 09:59
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WATCH: Supermarket in southern Spain places PHOTOS of olive oil bottles on its shelves amid surging prices and fears of robberies

Photos of olive oil on the shelves of a Sevilla supermarket

A USER of the social network TikTok has shared a startling discovery while visiting a supermarket in the southern Spanish city of Sevilla. Instead of stocking bottles of olive oil on its shelves, the establishment had replaced the real thing with photos to avoid thefts.

“I went to a supermarket and found this,” user @maarviid08 explains in the recording. “Because oil is so expensive, they’re not even putting out the bottles. There are placards and you have to ask for them at the till to get them.”

The user also points to empty five-litre bottles of oil at the bottom of the shelves, so that shoppers can at least see what they would be buying before ordering at the cash register. 

The video, which was shared nearly a week ago, has racked up nearly 67,000 ‘likes’ and nearly 2,000 comments. 

“We are living in an episode of Black Mirror,” wrote one user, while another joked that “jewellers have lower levels of security!”

Prices of olive oil have been rising steadily in Spain since 2023, after olive production fell by more than half during the 2022-23 season due to low rainfall and other meteorological factors

Spain is the largest producer of olive oil in the world, doubling the production of Greece and Italy combined. One in every two bottles of olive oil sold globally is produced in Spain. 

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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