Two employeess at British supermarket Tesco have been accused of racism after allegedly refusing to sell groceries to an Asian man and his family.
In a Twitter post this week, user @taha_aftab, who is based in London, claimed that the staff refused “the whole shopping sale to us Asians” — in his case, two cartons of lactose milk.
To make matters worse, the male worker allegedly started laughing when he explained why his family needs lactose milk.
“These two staff in Tesco refused the whole shopping sale to us Asians. They are now being racist,” the enraged customer wrote. “My family needs to have lactose milk. When I explained that to him he started laughing. I WANT A FULL INVESTIGATION FROM @Tesco.”
These two staff in Tesco refused the whole shopping sale to us Asians. They are now being racist. My family needs to have lactose milk. When I explained that to him he started laughing. I WANT A FULL INVESTIGATION FROM @Tesco @tesconews #tesco #racist pic.twitter.com/2H4XokDy5w
— Taha (@taha_aftab) March 16, 2020
Tesco has more than 3,400 stores across the U.K.
According to @taha_aftab, the incident occurred in an outlet located in Northampton.
In response to his complaint, a Tesco representative asked for more information and get the issue settled in private. But they also asked to have the photos removed from his post.
“Hello Taha, thanks for getting in touch. I’m very sorry about this. I’d be happy to deal with your complaint in a DM, could you please provide some more information? I would also ask to respect colleague confidentiality to remove these pictures from this public post,” the representative wrote in a tweet.
Hello Taha, thanks for getting in touch. I’m very sorry about this. I’d be happy to deal with your complaint in a DM, could you please provide some more information? I would also ask to respect colleague confidentiality to remove these pictures from this public post. 1/2
— Tesco (@Tesco) March 16, 2020
It’s unclear whether Tesco has met @taha_aftab’s demands.
Twitter users slammed the company and argued why the pictures should not be removed:
That’s shameful mate. Hope it gets sorted 👍🏻 Tesco’s need to sort it out 🤦♂️
— Rahul (@_RahulTanna) March 16, 2020
Disgraceful tesco. You need to sort yourself out. This is unacceptable
— Tee (@mr_notorious_t) March 16, 2020
— Sannah ♡ (@Sannah_x_) March 17, 2020
That’s disgraceful shame on the staff !
— Arron Jordan John (@ajohn58) March 17, 2020
— 🤍 (@babyyjalebi) March 16, 2020
Don’t remove until its sorted out
— . (@uh456) March 16, 2020
If they can’t show some respect in the first place why do they deserve it now ?
— HEAVY DEE (@itsheavydee) March 16, 2020
DONT DELETE THE PICTURE!
— Smiler (@DrSmileFace) March 17, 2020
Tesco is public limited company and your staff are on duty wearing uniform/name badges. They have full indemnity to be photographed. Now, sort out your racists staff.
— WZRD (@Official_WZRD) March 17, 2020
Racists don’t deserve confidentiality
— Jessica (@JessicaInTheBay) March 16, 2020
Other users also questioned the authenticity of @taha_aftab’s claims, with some speculating that the staff denied him because he was hoarding items.
Probably not true
— Luke fat boi (@lukepreece37) March 16, 2020
Bulk buying definitely, well done @Tesco
— Mendoncas right foot (@thereeljd) March 17, 2020
I’m gonna have a stab at this situation and have a pretty good guess that this wasn’t a race issue at all. Here’s what I think happened, you saw and ignored the sign that said long life milk, the lactose free kind you wanted, was limited to 5 per customer.
— Maddaeus 🌐 (@Maddaeus) March 17, 2020
You took a picture of staff did you take a picture of your shopping trolley ? Why turn it into an Asian issue ? White black yellow, im show they would have done the same with bulk buying mate, was the trolley full of milk to sell on ?
— moelrick (@themoely) March 16, 2020
Come on now! I don’t think in a thousand years this poor guy has told you you’re not allowed that poxy milk because you’re Asian. Get a grip man!
— Tessa Irwin (@IrwinTessa) March 17, 2020
Images via @taha_aftab