Extremist British Christians claim an infestation of mice in a Tesco store is God's punishment for the supermarket's support of gays.
Tesco has seen sales and profits drop recently and the Christian Voice, an anti-gay prayer and campaigning organization, has said the decline is punishment for the UK supermarket chain's decision to sponsor a family area at London’s Pride celebrations.
'Nothing has gone right for Tesco since they decided to support gay pride. Their only hope is to repent of that decision and put their trust in God,' wrote Christian Voice blogger Stephen Green.
In January, the Guardian reported Green as saying: ‘Significantly, we prayed for a drop in their share price, which...has been answered on what you could describe as a Biblical scale.
‘I now call on Tesco to see sense before their company is ruined. Don't display the arrogance of Pharoah. Withdraw the grant to gay pride.’
However, not everyone is impressed by God's power to smite gays and their friends.
Commenting on Green's blog, a sarcastic Dave said: 'Wow! I’m impressed with your deity. Day by day, he ignores suffering, poverty, war and famine.
'Yet upset him by giving a bit of money to a festival celebrating human rights, and he sends in the mice. That’s power.'
A sign from Westminster Council was placed in the window of the Tesco store in Bedford Street on Monday (26 March) saying the shop was a health risk.
'I've been in the pub opposite and I've seen mice running around while enjoying a pint,' a regular customer at Tesco's Bedford Street branch.
'Mice are endemic to the Covent Garden area and I don't think it takes God or Tesco to cause an infestation.'
Non-religiously inspired financial experts generally agree that Tesco’s troubles are due to downwards demand on non-grocery items and a Big Price Drop promotion that failed to wow shoppers.
We asked Tesco if they were afraid of the wrath of God but they declined to comment.