UK supermarket chain Tesco has apologised after an employee allegedly told a lesbian couple that gay people “shouldn’t have babies”
The incident occurred in Surrey Quays mall in east London on January 3rd.
A cashier at the supermarket is alleged to have made the comments to Natalie Rivans and her girlfriend Helen Embleton about a pregnant woman in the queue in front of them, saying “it’s wrong – gay people shouldn’t have babies.”
When Rivans challenged the employee, she was told “it’s a free country so I can say what I like.”
On the incident, Rivans said:
“I’ve been out and gay for a long time however my partner not so much. This has really upset and stressed her out.
“I’m thoroughly disappointed [and I] feel as though the LGBT family need to know about this.”
According to spokesperson for Tesco, an internal investigation is now underway.
Back in 2013, Tesco caused a storm when it pulled an inflatable gay best friend from its website. The product had been listed with the term "gay" (censored "g*y") and was suggested for recipients between the ages of 3 and 4 years old, although its description deemed it appropriate for bachelorette parties.