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Cheeky youths have apparently been offering free squirts of 'hand sanitiser' to people outside a Morrison's supermarket – with bottles filled with superglue.
The naughty pranksters nearly caught one woman in their sticky trap when she twigged something was not right.
Approaching the shopper at the Morrison's in Bradford, one lad asked her if she would "like a free pump".
Grinning from ear to ear, the lad was "eagerly waiting" for Kathy Smith to put her hands out.
Kathy told YorkshireLive : "The lad approached me showing me the bottle of ‘sanitiser’ asking if I would like a free pump," she said.
The little terrors attempted the prank at the Morrison's in Bradford
"He was eagerly waiting for me to hold my hand out with a massive smile on his face.
"They all started to laugh. I asked, ‘what’s in the bottle?’ He said, ‘sanitiser’ while laughing.
"I heard one of the lads laughing and he said: ‘F*****g’ superglue’.
"They all walked off laughing when I said,’ ‘I’ll pass thanks."
Kathy could have found herself in a tight squeeze (stock image)
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The group of teenage boys were reportedly stood outside Morrison's supermarket at Five Lane Ends, yesterday evening.
They were spotted approaching different shoppers in turn, offering them free squirts from the branded hand sanitiser bottle.
Kathy said she almost accepted and has no doubts the boy with the bottle would have squirted it on her hands, had she held them out, but she stopped short when some from the group let out the laugh.
Kathy was relieved to avoid the trap, adding: "I’d have been in Bradford Royal Infirmary all night."
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Shoppers may have to leave the kids at home and visit supermarkets alone under strict new rules reportedly being considered by ministers.
The government is said to be pushing for stricter rules in supermarkets amid concerns they have become a hotbed for spreading the disease.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Friday that supermarket shoppers might contract Covid by handling goods someone else with the virus had touched.
And last week, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Tesco and Asda beefed up their rules, banning shoppers without masks.
Now, supermarkets could be urged to bring in a "shop alone" policy, The Sun on Sunday reports.
Managers of stores must also provide more hand sanitising stations, clearer signs and ban people from entering without a mask.
A senior government source said: “It’s clear that some customers see the visit as a bit of an outing. The whole family goes together and they end up talking to friends who they bumps into while there.
“Often, there’s no reason why one household member can’t do the shopping."