NTUC Fairprice: Cock-up or no more discounted lunches?

Credit: MoneyDigest.SG

Fairprice’s plan to charge for plastic bags (see below) reminded me of a really dumb Fairprice move recently that affects elderly S’porean members who are not union members.

My mum who is in her 90s was told that she could not use her Fairprice co-op membership card (5% discount payable at the end of the yr) because Fairprice can no longer scan her ic because of data protection laws. She was told to get an OCBC NTUC debit card.

Getting that card is not an issue because she has accounts with OCBC. Problem I realised was that that card was only issued to NTUC members which she is not. (Once upon a time, S’poreans could join Fairprice, a co-op, without being NTUC members. My mum was a pioneer member and btw just sighted her ownership certificate while doing housekeeping.)

When I was at a major Fairprice outlet, I went to the info counter to enquire about the matter. After a really painful conversation (Partly because the Pinoy lady was in real pain: I told her to see doctor. She replied that she had just returned from the clinic.), I was given a number to ring.

I called and was told that a special card would be posted to her identifying her to checkout staff as a Fairprice co-op member. It’s been three weeks, still no card, and I threw away the telphone number. As the lady couldn’t answer my query why the card was not sent to her before 1 August (date NTUC stopped scanning ics), I can now only assume the cards are not ready yet. Will they be ready by GE?

Why this when it’s trying real hard to keep S’poreans (especially the oldies) happy with the PAP? Examples:

Merdeka Generation: PAP cares for u, really they do

Groceries: PAP cares for u, really they do

Maybe PAP thinks that it’s got 65% of the votes in the bag? ( Why PAP aiming for 65% of the popular vote)

Or maybe because Seah Kian Peng took his eye off the ball. He juz got promoted and someone made “an honest mistake” depriving members of a 5% rebate without his knowledge.

For Pioneer G and Merdeka Gen Fairprice members, they can get up to 8% off . But maybe taz the problem. PAP and Fairprice think these people are getting close to free lunches, shumething only meant for millionaire ministers and NTUC tua kees?

Vote wisely.

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From Sept. 16, shoppers should bring their own reusable bag, or be prepared to pay extra for plastic bags at some FairPrice and Cheers outlets. in a month-long trial.

  • FairPrice Xtra at Hougang One
  • FairPrice Finest at Zhongshan Park
  • FairPrice at Tai Seng
  • FairPrice Xpress at 384 Lorong Chuan
  • Cheers at 1 Create Way
  • Cheers at 1 Anchorvale Street
  • Cheers at 611 Aljunied Road

This “No Plastic Bag” trial is part of FairPrice’s Plastic Bag Management Programme launched in 2018, which aims to save 30 million plastic bags annually by 2030.

Along with the announcement of the trial, FairPrice also launched a S$1 million FairPrice Sustainability Fund.

Plastic bags remain available for use at S$0.10 per transaction at the selected Cheers and FairPrice Xpress stores, and at S$0.20 per transaction at the other participating FairPrice stores.

The proceeds will go to the Singapore Children’s Society and the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, FairPrice said in the media release.

There was a better scheme once upon a time:

Guess u don’t bring yr own bag to NTUC to save the planet and money. I do and “The FairPrice Green Rewards scheme, which was introduced in 2007, offers customers a 10-cent rebate when customers BYOB with a minimum spend of $10.”

Ang moh tua kee doesn’t shop at NTUC

I once bot stuff, telling the gal I didn’t want a bag. But as the stuff came to $9.60, she asked if I wanted a bag. I laughed saying “No”.

 

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17 Responses to “NTUC Fairprice: Cock-up or no more discounted lunches?”

  • MarBowling:

    So Tern Lang Tua Kee has recently got promoted. So NO LOONGER interested or concerned about “PETTY” stuff that involved the poor and elderly common folks!

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  • oxygen:

    IS DEBIT CARDS issued by financial institutions – without the consent of customers – LEGAL?

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  • Bobo:

    How to save money? Immediately, Buy and use it, buy and eat it, buy and throw it. Carry recyclable bags around. No transport? Don’t buy anything. Inconvenient? Buy them on-line and delivered to your house. Retail business affected? Retrench staff then close shop lor! It’s too easy to gov Singapore. Lazy solutions yet got high pay. Not free to attend Parliament meeting? NO PROBLEM ONE LAH. Tired? It’s fine to doze off also. People see card board policeman also feel safe liow.

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  • N.Jungne:

    Quicky, quick collect 20/cents each

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  • cut and paste is plagiarism:

    a mind worse shape than tan kin lian.

    no relationship between misleading title and lying content.

    deceitful. for what intent?

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  • Irene Vanessa Wan Si Hung:

    If you can’t get 5%, there are other options:

    1) 3% Pioneer at NTUC. Certain days
    2) 3% pioneer at Giant. Certain days
    3) 5% at Sheng Siong everyday. Use POSB Everyday card. I think wednesday is Pioneer 3% at sheng shiong.
    4) Wet markets and zhar huo dian could be cheaper.
    5) Buy the IKEA shopping bag (quite big) and bring own trolley.
    6) Online grocers.

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  • rukidding:

    All these supermarkets are talking cocks !

    Same like those bosses who claims that Sinkies dont want their jobs….and therefore they “coose” foreigners ????

    Behind the “excuse or facade”…is just really about “saving Money” !

    Why don’t NTUC do something different ?

    Obviously NTUC would know how many plastic bags would be required for that “X” amount of item purchased,…right ?

    So,…why can’t NTUC offer a “reward based discount” if that customer did indeed carry their own eco bag and need not use those fairprice plastic bags ???

    Why “charged 20 cents” ???

    Why cannot “reward” instead ????

    Sad to say,…Sinkaporeans are all better known as “sillyzeans”.
    These are
    No Brains, No Guts…simply accepting what the “higher ups” claims .

    You eally think all those “Conversations” and “surveys” organized by “Grassroots” leaders are REAL ??

    Come on….they are “Crasslooters”…and its a “Conn versation” , don’t be conned !

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  • dont believe go check:

    the packaging plus carrier bags of every item we buy had already been computed into its pricing from the begining.(at every supermarket and shopping centre shops).
    so if they are charging us for carriers nowdays, doesnt it mean that we’re being charged 2x?
    you think companies want to operate at a loss all these years -by providing carrier bags f.o.c ?
    they were charging us all this while!..
    dont be fooled.

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  • Harder Truths:

    oxygen:
    IS DEBIT CARDS issued by financial institutions – without the consent of customers – LEGAL?

    The question is whether these High Class Ah Longs can be persecuted or convicted for this.

    In $G? Never.

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  • TruBlu:

    so,REAL INTENTION is to SAVE $$$ and MAKE MORE PROFIT$$$ or “SAVE MY WORLD”?

    if so,PLS CANCEL F1- alot of noise,air pollution during haze(?) and wasteing fuel! oso WASTE TAXPAYER MONEY – $100 MILLION OR MORE for a weekend of NOISES N AIR POLLUTION FOR A FEW ppl?

    what about TELLING SINGTEL TO DISCOURAGE YOUNGSTERS AND SOME OLDER SGS from CHANGING HAND-PHONES TOO OFTEN?

    WHAT about LOBBYING for MORE GREEN TVs,computers,washing machines that can LAST LONGER LIKE IN THE PAST before TECINOLOGY BECOMES MORE ADVANCED? ADVANCED???!

    NTUC FAT-PRICE CAN CONSIDER TO SUPPLY FREE RECYCLABLE BAGS,cant they?

    old uncles and aunties no strength to carry the bulky things they buy in loose forms.

    maybe ministers n top civil servants want to consider CAR-POOLING as well?
    maybe SEAH KIAN PENG can take the MRT or bus to work?
    return the company car and save money for NTUC AS WELL AS ‘SAVE MY WORLD’???

    LETS NOT BE HYPOCRITE.
    besides plastic in plastic bags,THERE ARE PLASTICS N OTHER MATERIALS THAT AFFECT GREEN ENVIRONMENT MORE EXTENSIVE,ya???

    how come my washing machine and tv set break down again?

    WHERE GOT MONEY TO BUY NEW ONE$$$?…I am jobless n my CPF got stolen…

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  • dont believe go check:

    continuation:-
    then on top of all that they still charge the 7%gst!
    how many layers of charging for a damned item?
    this double /triple layered charging seems becoming the norm in our ‘Fine City’.

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  • Harder Truths:

    You still want to shop at Foulprice?
    They make an excuse but really they just want to get rid of the discount.
    What is so difficult to understand?

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  • Anon:

    The damage plastics has done especially to sea life is unconscionable.

    In U.K Supermarkets it has been the practice to discourage excessive use of plastics bags by encouraging the use of reusable ones. For several years now, I bring along my own bags for supermarket shopping. Now, it’s even going to be replaced by paper bags, like old times!!

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  • oxygen:

    @ Anon

    EVERYTHING SOLD IN SUPERMARKET IS NOW WRAPPED IN PLASTIC PACKAGING of one form or another, particularly fruits and veges .

    Are supermarkets here ready to change completely their floor format and presentation choices for its products display and offering?

    THE FACE OF SUPERMARKET RETAILING HAS GOT TO CHANGE BACK TO THE DAYS OF WET MARKETS IN KAMPONGS, ARE THEY READY?

    Anon: The damage plastics has done especially to sea life is unconscionable.

    In U.K Supermarkets it has been the practice to discourage excessive use of plastics bags by encouraging the use of reusable ones. For several years now, I bring along my own bags for supermarket shopping. Now, it’s even going to be replaced by paper bags, like old times!!

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  • cut and paste is plagiarism:

    Anon:
    The damage plastics has done especially to sea life is unconscionable.

    In U.K Supermarkets it has been the practice to discourage excessive use of plastics bags by encouraging the use of reusable ones. For several years now, I bring along my own bags for supermarket shopping. Now, it’s even going to be replaced by paper bags, like old times!!

    1st, over 90% of humans in Spore live in highrise. Without plastic, how to dispose of soiled diapers, fish intestines, used tampons? just throw them down the chute?

    2nd, have a brain. Which is worse? 4 hours of haze at 200 from Indosia or 3 years of plastics use by local born Sporeans? If you don’t know, let us tell you. Plastics in Spore are incinerated. They are not dumped into oceans like africans or indians, perhaps some british, are doing.

    3rd, you don’t want plastic, good for you. We want our plastic. Because we live in Aljunied over priced HDB rental high floor. We don’t want to dispose of soiled diapers, used condoms, fish intestines, any old how.

    Have a brain please.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Harder Truths

    THE LAW IS COMPLETELY SILENT ON DEBIT CARD LOSS PROTECTION LIABILITY RISKS and there is no banking Ombudsman even.

    And consumers DON’T KNOW they are handed a dynamite with the fuse lit.

    oxygen:
    IS DEBIT CARDS issued by financial institutions – without the consent of customers – LEGAL?

    Harder Truths: The question is whether these High Class Ah Longs can be persecuted or convicted for this.

    In $G? Never.

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  • save what planet:

    //Guess u don’t bring yr own bag to NTUC to save the planet and money.//

    hahaha. save what planet lar ? modern society is about growth growth growth and consumption, consumption and consumption.

    more people (open-leg policy), means more rubbish. more people also mean more crowd at food places (got to wait for seats), more takeaways (more plastic styrofoam containers) lar. more people also means more commuting needs means higher possibility of jams (waiting time) and full of exhaust and engine running while not moving ?.

    aiyoh. now buying pastries or cake (individual piece comes with their own plastic bag) and small piece of sweets / biscuits come in their own individual wrappings.

    and for the white idiots, more wasteful propaganda materials (cheap freebies and printed paper) in their road shows / programmes to promote ?

    even programmes to save the planet also come with plenty of wasteful printed adverts or banners and t-shirts ?

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