Tesco apologises after shopper left ‘fuming’ over bikini top comment
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The incident occurred yesterday, July 18, when temperatures reached highs of almost 40 degrees. The Tesco worker told the woman that she was not allowed to wear a bikini top in store and a heated exchange followed.
Another staff member comforted the woman after the argument and gave her a hug before the store manager repeatedly apologised for what had occurred, reports Hull Live.
Posting on social media, the woman from Driffield, East Yorkshire, said she had worn the bikini top along with shorts in her local store due to the exceptionally hot weather
She said: “I’ve never felt so humiliated and discriminated in front of everyone just for wearing a bikini top and by a staff member.
“The staff member came to me when we was at self scan, she’d already let me walk around the whole shop then came to me in front of everyone, people left right and centre, and said, ‘next time can you wear a t-shirt, even men aren’t allowed in without their t-shirts it’s the policy’.”
She added: “A bit of a heated argument happened and she ended up telling me to grow up and said ‘good’ that she’d lost me as a customer, well that didn’t help the situation whatsoever.”
A younger employee subsequently comforted the woman, giving her “a cuddle” and got the store manager.
She said: “He came outside and apologised repetitively for how she went about it the complete wrong way.
“I explained how it’s not normal for me to wear a top this like but it’s 35+ degrees, I don’t just carry t-shirts around with me.
“I even explained how many of other women/girls were going in with some of their cleavage showing and very tiny belly tops with no bras on! But somehow I was the only exception?”
“He said he understood it’s not normal weather and even schools and train services have changed their rules to accommodate this weather and said he’d have a meeting with her.”
Tesco has now apologised to the woman.
A company spokeswoman said: “We’re sorry for the way this was handled, have apologised to the customer involved and reminded colleagues in store to be courteous to our customers at all times.”
She said: “I’m just so fuming and upset, it takes a lot of courage to wear something like that, I expect words off ‘street chavs’ but not from a staff member where we regularly shop.
“What if she worked abroad or even in Brid? Everyone’s in bikinis in Brid.”
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