Gay Tesco customers told they should 'die alone'
Interesting approach to customer service, it has to be said.
Helen Embleton and her girlfriend Natalie Rivans were reportedly shopping at a Tesco Extra in London when the worker decided to veer off the usual "would you like a carrier bag?" and asking if they'd like a receipt, in favour of chiding them about their lavenderism.
Of course, the couple challenged the lady on the till, but she returned with a remark, saying that homosexuality was "wrong", adding: “It's a free country so I can say what I like”.
The cashier is right - she can say what she likes. One of the most marvellous things about living in Britain is that you can say anything you like. However, she's now finding out that 'freedom of speech' doesn't actually mean 'I can say whatever I like without repercussions'. If you walk into a pub full of Burnley fans with a Blackburn Rovers shirt on, someone might give you some salty language or a boot up the rear. Likewise, if you work in a shop, your duty is to be polite, rather than espouse your views on gay parenting.
If you're ultra-Christian, then surely you'd manage to firstly, turn the other cheek or, at the least, get someone else to serve someone who you fear is going to hell? Either way, telling a customer that they should 'die alone' isn't exactly the best PR for Tesco.
A spokesperson for Tesco said they've given a full apology for the “inappropriate comments” and launched an internal investigation: "We work hard to make sure that everyone is welcome at Tesco and put great emphasis on celebrating diversity and ensuring that we are an inclusive place to work and shop."
"Any remarks or actions from our colleagues which are not in line with these beliefs are not acceptable and will not be tolerated."