A Tesco supermarket in the UK has received a backlash of criticism recently after staff at the store refused to sell over £200 worth of food to two men working for a homeless charity.
The appalling incident which occurred at Tesco store in Brent, has left many people on social media to voice their disgust after the two men were stopped from purchasing food for the homeless people in the area.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk the men at the centre of the controversy Stephen Peter Chamberlain and Michael Taub said they were informed by staff at the store they could not complete their purchase because they were ‘buying too much.’
An angry and upset Stephen told the publication: “I didn’t notice at first, I was still too busy packing the bags,” “But then Michael stopped me and said, “We’re not allowed to buy the food”.
“When we asked why, the manager said that we were “taking away other customers’ choice”.
“I, said, “You must have some more tins in the back room. Wouldn’t your shareholders be pleased that you’ve sold hundreds of pounds worth of food?”‘
However even more shockingly the two men were still refused the right to purchase the goods when they told staff members they were buying the food for a soup kitchen, with the manager replying: “Well, how do we know that?”
However since the incident occurred Tesco UK have issued a statement apologising for the incident, which reads as follows: “We always try to serve all of our customers in the best way and make sure there is availability for everyone.”
“Sometimes our colleagues have to use their discretion when customers are bulk buying and we apologise for any inconvenience caused for Mr Chamberlain.”
“We would be keen to see how we can support St Laurence’s Larder and we’ll be in touch to see if they could benefit from our Community Food Connection programme, which links our stores with local charities and community groups to supply them with good quality surplus food.”