A Coles customer has been left speechless after spotting the “Manager’s Choice” at his local store.

Sharing on Reddit, the shopper posted a photo which showed a large display of the supermarket’s MasterChef Knives promotion with a sign saying “Manager’s Choice” above it.

Coles has recently launched the popular promo for the second time in 12 months, giving customers the chance to earn credits every time they shop and collect the knives for free.

But the Reddit user said that the timing of the knife promo was questionable, given that Woolworths has just banned the sale of knives and scissors less than two weeks ago.

Woolworths took the step after an alleged stabbing incident at its Barkly Square store in Brunswick, Melbourne.

“If this is Coles’ equivalent to Woolies not selling knives due to recent Melbourne stabbing, then OMG…” the Reddit user wrote.

A ‘Manager’s Choice’ MasterChef knife display had some social media users concerned.
A ‘Manager’s Choice’ MasterChef knife display had some social media users concerned. Credit: Reddit

The shopper’s post sparked a debate on Reddit, attracting hundreds of comments.

“I’m glad they’re boxed though, that’s a start,” said one.

But many sided with Coles, saying that the supermarket would have planned the timing of the popular promotion months ago.

“I am #TeamColes. I think they have just started another session of the MasterChef knives promotion. I got three knives last time and they have actually proven to be quite useful,” said one.

Added another: “These are the free MasterChef knives you can get for free if you spend a certain amount of money at Coles.

“It’s both part of the loyalty program with flybuys and a cross promotion with MasterChef. It’s not a response to anything. It’s the same as when Woolies was giving out those reusable glass containers.”

These MasterChef knives and scissors are available with the Coles promotion.
These MasterChef knives and scissors are available with the Coles promotion. Credit: Hanna Lassen/Getty Images for Coles

Others believed that Coles and Woolworths should sell knives and scissors in stores, despite the recent alleged incident.

“What sort of idiotic reaction is not selling knives!? It’s a regular household item used badly,” said one.

“If someone bludged a few people to death with baked beans cans, or bottling people with glass bottles would they stop selling them too?”

Added another: “Removing knives from your store because someone used one as a weapon is the most nanny state thing to do.”

‘Honestly, I’m keen’

Regardless of the controversy, many said they were excited about Coles’ latest promotion.

“Honestly, I’m keen. They have a little hand held food processor available for 80 points, and I’m going hard on flybuys until I earn it,” said one.

Added another: “The steak knives from this set are fantastic.”

Wrote one more: “How good are (the knives)! It’s actually stayed shaper than my $200 Japanese knife. Stoked these are back!”

Chef Luke Mangan with the MasterChef Mini Chopper, which is also available with the promotion.
Chef Luke Mangan with the MasterChef Mini Chopper, which is also available with the promotion. Credit: Hanna Lassen/Getty Images for Coles

Coles responds

Speaking to 7NEWS.com.au, a Coles spokesperson has said that the promotion has been incredibly popular.

“The Coles MasterChef knives range continues to be Coles’ most popular loyalty program to date with the highest participation rate across Australian households,” the spokesperson said.

“Our customers loved the program, and we’ve brought it back by very popular demand. This year’s range features new stainless-steel MasterChef knives, scissors and an electric mini chopper, as well as a return of the four most popular knives from last year’s collection.”

Coles supermarket shopper speechless over ‘Manager’s Special’ – two weeks after Woolworths bans knives
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