The Venezuelan government has started to fingerprint shoppers at some state-run supermarkets, in a plan to combat food scarcity which has been derided by some consumers weary of shortages.
Shoppers have struggled for more than a year to find basic goods including powdered milk and cooking oil, as well as certain medicines and diapers. Currency controls implemented over a decade ago under the late President Hugo Chavez mean importers do not have the U.S. dollars required for imports.
Amid growing frustration, the government said last month it would install a biometric system to weed out smugglers and hoarders, whom President Nicolas Maduro blames for the shortages.
Around 785,000 people have been registered in six state-run food store chains across the country, the Information Ministry said in a statement.
The government said on Thursday that it had arrested 794 suspected smugglers since early August as part of a campaign to stop food and other subsidized products being sold across Venezuela’s borders, mainly in neighboring Colombia.
deride：動詞，嘲弄、嘲笑。例句：Adam derided our efforts, but were forced to eat his words when we won the prize.（亞當嘲笑我們的努力，但當我們得獎時，他不得不認錯。）
weed out：片語，清除、淘汰。例句：We have to weed out the weakest player before tourment begins.（我們必須在巡迴賽之前淘汰最弱的球員。）
smuggler：名詞，走私犯；動詞為smuggle，指走私。例句：The antique clock had been smuggled out of the country before the war.（這個骨董鐘在戰前已遭走私出國。）