Tesco has apologized to a lesbian couple after a checkout worker told them gay people ‘shouldn’t have babies.’
Natalie Rivans and girlfriend Helen Embleton were shopping at a London branch of the supermarket on 3 January when a cashier – who had just served a pregnant lesbian couple – said homosexuality was ‘wrong’ and ‘all gay people should die alone.’
When Rivans challenged the worker, she responded, ‘It’s a free country so I can say what I like.’
The women, both 30, then complained to the store manager.
Rivans said they said they were ‘mortified’ by the incident and had demanded a full apology from Tesco.
‘It is not something I have ever come across in London before. I am really disgusted,’ she told the Evening Standard.
A Tesco spokesperson said it had apologized to the pair and a formal investigation was underway.
‘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,’ she said.
‘Any remarks or actions from our colleagues which are not in line with these beliefs are not acceptable and will not be tolerated.’