A MIDDLE-CLASS family have nothing but sympathy for the plight of those poor people visiting Aldi, which they believe is a food bank.
The Cooks, of East Grinstead, drove past their local branch of Aldi and expressed amazement that food banks are such an established part of British life that it looks almost like a normal supermarket.
Julian Cook, partner at a law practice, said: “I’m torn. It’s marvellous that they’ve made it resemble an ordinary part of British life and taken away the stigma and shame.
“Yet at the same time it pains me that poverty has become so endemic that it’s a professional set-up. I mean we saw one of these on holiday in Weymouth. As a nation we shouldn’t stand for that.
Wife Hannah Cook agreed: “You see the people, pushing their trolleys full of unbranded goods to their cars and your heart absolutely sinks. You wish you could do something, but I already do a direct debit for £20 a month so I’m at my limit.
“One of the juniors at work mentioned that he popped in for lunch. Just admitted it, like it was no big deal. Incredibly brave but it’s tragic how accepted it’s become.”