Woman hits back at “sexist” critic after being shamed for wearing pyjamas in Tesco

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Sarah Biddlecombe

A woman has hit back at those who criticised her for shopping at a supermarket in her pyjamas, branding them “sexist and racist”.

The woman was photographed shopping with a friend, also wearing pyjamas, in a Manchester branch of Tesco last Tuesday at around 7pm. The man who photographed them posted the image to the supermarket’s Facebook page and asked the store to “put a rule in place” that would ban such “disgusting” people wearing pyjamas from being served.

The post sparked a debate on social media about whether or not the women were in the wrong, and one of them responded to the criticism yesterday morning.

“I’m disgusted that a man has taken our picture and put it online asking for Tesco to ban people wearing their pyjamas,” the woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Sun.

“We are travellers and we feel like it is sexist and racist. It’s an attack on our culture and way of life.”

What's the appropriate way to dress in a supermarket?

What's the appropriate way to dress in a supermarket?

Explaining the situation further, the woman said she had simply popped into the store to grab some milk for her five-month-old baby.

“We had already put our pyjamas on for the evening so didn’t think anything of it, we didn’t think we would be internationally shamed,” she said.

“I feel so embarrassed about it, that my picture is everywhere of me in my pyjamas.”

The original post, which the supermarket chain has since removed from its page, read, “Dear Tesco, please can you put a rule in place that people like this will not be served in your stores. It’s bloody disgusting… I mean who doesn’t have time to get changed into clothes before they go shopping.”

It received a mixed response from Facebook users, with some agreeing the women were dressed inappropriately while others leapt to their defence. One woman wrote, “I second this thought. Its a disgrace. It takes about 30 seconds to throw on a pair of jogging bottoms and top. Just a sign of bone idleness.”

However, others called out the man for photographing the women in the first place, with one user writing, “I for one find it uncomfortable to have to shop alongside people who spend their time taking photographs of strangers minding their own business rather than just ignoring things that do not affect them in any way.”

A customer services representative from Tesco replied to the comment to explain that, while Tesco doesn’t enforce a dress code, its managers use their “discretion and common sense” to speak to people they believe are dressed inappropriately.


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