A Sainsbury’s shopper has shared her experience at a store this week after being told to cover her shorts after a male customer complained they were too short.
Lauren O’Conner, 33, was minding her own business shopping at Sainsbury’s in Staines when a staff member approached her to tell her to ‘pull down her T-shirt’ to cover her shorts.
The member of staff went on to explain that despite the scorching 32C heat, they received a complaint from a male shopper about her outfit.
Of course, Lauren was raging. She Tweeted: “I am so angry right now.”
She continued: “Just been approached by a Sainsburys staff member in Staines store to ‘pull my t shirt down’.
“An elderly man made comment to staff member who felt compelled to come and tell me as I was shopping.
“It’s 32 degrees. If I want to wear shorts I will.”
Laura attached a picture of her outfit – pink jersey shorts and a green and white striped t shirt – with the Tweets.
She explained: “For reference, this is my outfit. All I wanted was ice lollies and I get shamed in store doing so. So disappointed.
“When are we going to stop telling women how to dress? Especially when topless men frequent supermarkets, which I highly doubt are told to change [sic].”
Speaking to FEMAIL, Lauren said she was ‘humiliated’ by the incident. She added: “I was at a loss for words that A, someone felt the need to comment on what I was wearing and tell a member of staff.
“And B, that the member of staff told me about it. I was mortified. I was wearing a mask but can you imagine the colour my cheeks would have been.”
A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s told FEMAIL: “We are speaking to the store to understand what happened and would like to apologise to Lauren for any offence caused.”
Lauren’s case is not the only example of this situation. Throughout history women have continually been told what they ‘can’ and ‘cannot’ wear.
In 1942, America introduced restrictions on women’s clothing due to material rations while simultaneously keeping men’s clothing exactly the same. Swimwear became smaller and so the bikini was invented – at a time when women weren’t allowed to show their belly button.
In 1919 an activist was sent to jail for wearing a man’s suit in public. In the 1890’s table legs were covered because ‘they resembled women’s legs’ which also had to be covered at the time.
Just four years ago in 2016, France banned Burkinis – a type of swimwear – forcing Muslim women to remove headscarves while on the beach.
Many Twitter users responded to Lauren’s Tweets with similar disgust for the situation.
One user wrote: “so Sainsbury’s you’re [sic] not going to police people to wear a mask in a pandemic but will happily police women’s bodies in a heatwave?”
Another wrote: “I’m sorry this happened to you. They shouldn’t be able to say things like that. It’s your body not their’s.”
Contrastingly, some users have argued with Lauren claiming she is wrong. One wrote: “This is inaccurate. I have been with a shirtless man in Sainsbury’s when he was asked to put his shirt on whilst in store. However upset or angry you are, it was not sexism. Might feel harsh or misplaced judgement but not certainly sexist. Men do get treated the same.”
Lauren responded to one user with: “I’m so livid about it. When are we going to stop giving the space for men who can’t stop being perverts? I am so tired of having to defend my existence and love of booty shorts!!”
New public toilets opened in Piccadilly Gardens by Manchester council
Good news if you’re bursting for the loo in town…
Manchester council has opened some new public toilets in Piccadilly Gardens.
The six temporary toilets are in the Gardens now, with the council saying it’s placed them there to make the city centre ‘as welcoming as possible’.
The new toilets are located over the road from Morrisons.
According to a sign on the fencing which surrounds the, the toilets will be open between 10am-8pm every day, with a maximum of six people allowed in the area.
A Manchester Council spokesperson said the toilets were brought in as a temporary measure.
Further restrictions are set to be eased on May 17th, meaning more visitors are likely to flock into town once again
There’s a distinct lack of public toilets in the city centre, with the only permanent loo located on Lloyd Street – and this closes at 5.30pm.
A spokesperson for Manchester City Council said: “In advance of the reopening of the hospitality and retail sectors on April 12 the Council, alongside its partners CityCo and GMP, took steps to provide temporary facilities for the public given that indoor venues remain closed until May 17th.
“The operation of these facilities will stay under review pending further relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions.
“The Council has been working closely with city centre businesses to support them as much as possible as Covid restrictions are lessened.
“The hospitality and retail sectors have borne the brunt of the pandemic which is why the Council and its partners have tried to make the city as welcoming as possible for returning visitors.”
Cleaner leaves brilliant note for ‘aggressive and cruel’ boss on last day of work
A cleaner got the last laugh over their ‘awful’ manager on the last day of work, with a brilliant note.
The woman in question had retired after working cleaning different banks for 35 years, leaving a letter for colleagues.
The note was then shared by her son on Twitter, and got an amazing response with most people loving the message.
It was posted with the caption: “And this is why I love my mum. She’s been cleaning banks for 35 years and today walked out with this lovely note left behind for that awful manager.
“Happy retirement mum – always have the last laugh eh!”
The note posted in the tweet reads: “Hi ladies, tomorrow will be my last clean for HSBC. I have made up a bucket of cleaning materials for the next cleaner whoever that may be!!
“I’ve left the job [manager’s name] after the way you dressed me down in the office, it was nothing more than aggressive and cruel but that’s a reflection on your character, not mine.
“So going forward, please all of you remember: In a world when you can be anything, BE KIND.
“Because you are all no better than the cleaner.”
After the post went viral, people were quick to respond to the letter.
One person said: “When interviewing people for jobs, I always asked the reception staff how they were treated by the candidate. A few failed the ‘attitude test’.”
A second added: “Never understood why people think what they do for a living reflects their importance.
“I was raised to believe that a job is a job and anyone getting up and going to work deserves the same respect, whether they pick up trash or run the company.”
A third said: “One of my male managers was repeatedly rude to our lovely cleaner. One day she calmly got up, disappeared for a few mins then reappeared with a really smug look on her face.
“He later discovered she’d removed the bog rolls, towels & soap from the men’s loos, locked them up”.
Huge queues at Trafford Centre as shoppers wait in the rain for an hour to get in yesterday
Did you head down yesterday?
In typical Manchester fashion, yesterday’s Bank Holiday Monday was an absolute washout.
This didn’t stop people from heading out to do a bit of shopping, however, with huge queues seen at the Trafford Centre.
According to reports, shoppers queued for an hour to get into the shopping centre, with some people forced to wait in the rain.
While signs in the car park were put up to let people know the centre was ‘full’, shoppers still headed in, with one saying social distancing wasn’t being observed.
Meanwhile the Trafford Centre responded by saying that customer safety is its ‘highest priority’, adding that ‘strict capacity limits’ are observed inside the shopping centre.
20-year-old Connor Clarke from Trafford told the Manchester Evening News: “We were standing in the queue in the rain for about an hour, it was just not moving.
“There was no distancing whatsoever, a lot of people weren’t wearing masks. I can understand it’s obviously outside, and it’s a well ventilated area.”
According to Connor people who were queuing were eventually allowed in, he added: “I think they just gave up and let everybody in.”
Zoe Inman, centre director at the Trafford Centre, told the MEN: “Our highest priority is to keep people wishing to enter the centre safe at all times. We have strict capacity limits and social distancing measures in place to keep everyone safe.
“We have advised visitors to plan their trip carefully and check our website for store opening information and current COVID-19 restrictions in advance.
“Highlighting that at busier times, such as weekends and Bank Holidays, they may have to queue to get in – and should come prepared for the weather.
“Face coverings are mandatory and must be worn when entering the centre, in stores and when walking throughout the malls, unless exempt.”
She added: “Bank Holidays are always popular at the centre, and this weekend is no exception.
“Our security staff are committed to making sure all the safety measures remain in place, like capacity limits, hand sanitisation stations, mandatory mask wearing and enforced social distancing.
“On occasion, this weekend we have been at capacity and customers have had to wait to enter the centre. We thank everyone for their patience and consideration whilst doing so.
“I am proud of our dedicated on-site teams working tirelessly to ensure the safety of all our visitors across a very busy and blustery Bank Holiday weekend.”