Waitrose scraps ‘free drink without purchase’ offer

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Shoppers who have enjoyed popping in to Waitrose on their way to work for a free cup of tea or coffee woke up to dark news this morning – they will now have to buy something before claiming a free beverage.

The shop has traditionally given myWaitrose customers - customers who have signed up to a store loyalty card - the bonus of a free newspaper if the spend over £10, or a free tea or coffee with no purchase necessary.

But from April 3 myWaitrose members will have to buy something before collecting their cup at the till.

A Waitrose spokesperson said, “Our myWaitrose free tea and coffee offer is one of the ways we thank our customers for shopping with us - and we want all our customers to be able to enjoy a free hot drink when they shop with us in our branches.

“We would like to thank you in advance for your understanding.”

Eight branches in the east of England had trialled the pilot scheme last year and it obviously proved successful for the chain as it is now rolling it out across the country.

There are Waitrose branches across Sussex.