TikTok: Supermarket shopper’s controversial act with broccoli divides the internet

A thrifty shopper revealed that she always cuts broccoli stalks at the supermarket in an effort to reduce the cost of her grocery bill.

Meia Carter, from the US, shared a now-viral TikTok video showing herself throwing two stems into a pile of cauliflower before heading to the checkout area.

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Footage shows the intrepid shopper carrying a plastic bag full of broccoli stalks, as she refuses to pay extra for the stalks, as the vegetables are shipped by weight.

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Not only was cutting the stems considered frowned upon, shoppers considered the act “theft”.

“I don’t pay for these (stems), so I just pull them out and throw them away,” said the 41-year-old.

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“I will only pay for what I eat.”

Shopper cuts stems from broccoli. credit: mimicarter81/TikTok

In a follow-up video, Mia showed how to get off the shanks when she does her grocery shopping.

“So when I’m in the store,” she said, “(if) the stems are really long, I cut them off.”

Most of the time, she said, she cuts the stems with a pocket knife that she carries on her.

“I just leave the shanks at the store,” she said, “I don’t need them, you can have them.”

Her video has had over 6.4 million views – thousands divided on how her money strategy works.

Someone said “genius”.

“I’ve been doing this for years.”

Another applauded her, saying, “100 percent you go girl, don’t waste the money, times are tough as they are.”

Someone asked, “Wait, is that allowed? I’m totally with you.”

Another added, “I’m doing it from now on.”

One admitted, “Ha…has been doing this for years.”

While another said: “Every bit of saving helps. It all adds up. Good for you to shop wisely.”

The shopper says she doesn’t use the stems, so she refuses to pay for them. credit: mimicarter81/TikTok

She’s not the only one dumping excess products in stores.

“I’m one of those people who take some grapes out of my bag and add them to another—they’ll spoil in my house but someone else will eat them.”

“cheap” law

Many mocked the woman for her “reckless” act – while others made jokes about how they “save money” on their grocery bills.

Someone joked, “This is why I core the apples before I go out.”

Another said: “That’s exactly why the fruit is peeled in the aisles. You won’t catch me paying for a banana peel.”

One wrote, “I’m taking raw chicken out of plastic because I don’t want to pay for plastic.”

One jokingly added, “I take everything out of its original packaging and put it all in my mouth on my way out for exactly the same reason.”

Another said, “That’s why I always peel potatoes at the grocery store.”

While someone joked: “I pull the bones out of the chicken wings, and then I only pay for the meat.”

“legs are great”

Meanwhile, many shoppers urged that you reconsider eating broccoli stems.

“The shanks are great fried in sesame oil,” someone said.

Another suggested: “You don’t eat the stem? You’re seriously missing out. Just use a vegetable peeler, cut it into cubes, and cook it with the rest. It has a lovely sweetness.”

While one added: “Funny thing, the shank is actually healthier than the top. I peel it off and cook it with the rest…it’s kind of artichoke with butter.”

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