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By Anne Sewell     Feb 13, 2014 in Food
Every Tuesday for the whole of this year, customers will be queuing at 9 a.m. for the 200 free bottles of water and complementary bread on offer to Eroski supermarket customers in Carcaixent. They hope to help needy customers get by.
The Eroski food store is located in Carcaixent (Valencia), and starting on January 7 this year, staff began to hand out the 200 bottles of water and baguettes to customers who are having problems making ends meet in the continuing economic crisis.
While you might think it would be homeless people queuing for the offer, it is actually customers who regularly buy from the supermarket. They have to show a till receipt from a previous purchase (no matter how small) to get the special offer.
The manager of the store told El Mundo, “A queue forms before we open up the store, people want to make sure they get their basic goods.”
A baguette
A baguette
“Others who notice the line outside the supermarket don’t mind waiting in line for a while either as soon as they find out there’s free bread and water,” he added.
So the queue consists of housewives, pensioners, students and other ordinary people and continues to grow each Tuesday.
According to organizers, they are "very positive for this joint action" and hope to keep it up all year. Reportedly the number of participants has doubled this week compared to the previous Tuesday.
María V., a resident in the area said that "such campaigns are welcomed, and should be exploited" adding that her family comes on the third Tuesday of each month and intends to do so for the remainder of the year.
Spanish sources:
Periodista Digital
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