A well-known strawberry farm in Whanganui has been forced to temporarily close its 'pick your own' service due to thefts.
The Windermere Berry Farm has stopped the service blaming what it described on a Facebok post as "a minority who ignored instructions, as well as theft".
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The post has been greeted with disappointment from customers.
One person said it'd made it clear that "sadly, the days of trust, honesty and integrity are long gone". Another added that the news was "so sad for everyone".
The berry farm is now looking at employing a 'pick your own' host to work on weekends, which would mean the service can continue.
It is planning to have a staff meeting to look at ways to keep the service going and make it affordable to the public.
The berry farm's management said on a Facebook post that it offered pick your own berries as a community service so Whanganui kids could see where their food comes from, and said the service has always been a loss-making exercise.