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Sainsbury’s tell woman to ‘cover her shorts’ after man complained despite 32C heat

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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].”

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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!!” 

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BMW drivers are most likely to be psychopaths, new survey says

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If you drive a BMW and you’re proud of it, look away now.

A new survey has suggested that those who drive a BMW car are the most likely psychopaths out of all drivers on the road.

The comparison website Scrap Car Comparison asked 2,000 drivers to complete a twelve question survey that measures the extent to which people have psychopathic traits.

Psychopathic traits measured included superficial charm, a grandiose sense of self-worth and a lack of remorse or guilt.

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Scores between 0-18 indicated that there was no psychopathy while a score between nineteen and twenty-six. showed it was ‘possible’. Scores over twenty-seven, however, revealed that psychopathy was ‘likely’.

And, low and behold, BMW drivers scored the highest with an average 12.1 out of a possible thirty-six points.

Audi drivers narrowly missed the top spot with a somewhat worrying score of 11.7, with the overall average score for other drivers was 6.6.

The survey also looked at how fuel types, car colour and number plates link to psychopathy, with it finding that personalised number plate holders had double the level of psychopathy (13.8) than those with regular plates (5.3). That goes without saying though, doesn’t it?

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Dan Gick, managing director of Scrap Car Comparison, told LadBible: “The popularity of true crime documentaries has resulted in a worldwide fascination with psychopaths.

“So, we were curious to discover whether there was any correlation between the car you drive and where you might sit on the psychopath scale.

“While our findings might back up some existing stereotypes of drivers who are unsafe on the road, it’s worth noting that none of the levels seen in our study were any cause for concern, and while certain TV shows or films might trivialise what it means it be a psychopath, it is a condition that should be taken seriously.”

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Appeal for £30k to provide 1,000 beds for homeless people across Greater Manchester this Christmas

‘We will not rest until we have eradicated the need for rough sleeping from our city-region’

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A Christmas campaign is appealing for £30,000 in order to provide 1,000 beds for homeless people across Greater Manchester throughout the festive period.

A Bed Every Night was launched by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham back in 2018, and provides emergency beds for anyone rough sleeping across the city region, as well as vital personal support.

The campaign has been a tremendous success and, since 2019, has helped over 3,400 people and reduced rough sleeping by 57%.

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Despite its success however, homelessness continues to be a major issue across the region and, as the winter months arrive, those who sleep rough find themselves in steadily more perilous situations.

The charity also has concerns regarding the new ban on evictions, Universal Credit uplift and the Covid-19 furlough scheme coming to end, scenarios that could force many people out onto the streets.

So, in a result to keep homelessness numbers as low as possible over the festive period, A Bed A Night is appealing for £30,000 in donations to help provide 1,000 beds to those who need them the most.

Andy Burnham said: “Here in Greater Manchester our ground-breaking approach to rough sleeping and homelessness is working, and making a real difference.

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“The number of people sleeping on our streets is at its lowest since 2013. But we will not rest until we have eradicated the need for rough sleeping from our city-region.

“Please donate what you can to A Bed Every Night and help us raise £30,000 to provide 1,000 places of safety this Christmas.”

Vanessa Haworth, Head of the Charity, added: “We want to ensure that homelessness has no place in Greater Manchester. We have a responsibility to support those who are in need right now and are calling on the generosity of the Greater Manchester public to help us raise funds.

“£30 will help fund a bed for the night, but please donate whatever you can to help.”

For more information and to donate, head over to the 1000 Beds JustGiving page. You can also find more information over at the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity website.

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A miniature railway crossing is being built for endangered hazel dormice in Lancashire

The miniature railway will encourage dormice to find food, look for a new mate or to find better nesting sites

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Network Rail engineers are in the process of building a tiny railway crossing especially for endangered hazel dormice.

In a bid to combat the decline of the hazel dormice population, which is estimated to have dropped by 51% since 2000, Network Rail and wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) have teamed up to establish new dormouse populations across Lancashire. 

The £40,000 conservation project involves fitting a twelve-metre long shielded tree-top structure to provide protection from predators on the side of an existing railway overbridge.  

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The project also sees the construction of the ‘dormouse bridge’, a miniature railway track that will see dormice safely travel and live around the Furness Line, which is regularly used by freight trains that serve various industries on the Cumbrian Coast line.

The new mouse-sized climbing frame over tracks will connect populations and encourage them to find food, look for a new mate or find better nesting sites in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Ecologists are also looking at how to improve the railway embankment to encourage dormice to use the new bridge to safely move from one side of the railway to the other. 

Rory Kingdon, senior sponsor from Network Rail, said: “We’re delighted to be contributing £40,000 to this dormouse bridge over the Furness line to encourage the breeding of hazel dormice populations in danger of extinction, so they have a fighting chance to thrive for generations to come.

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Clare Pengelly

“Network Rail is committed to improve biodiversity and protect habitats for the future. In fact, this work directly aligns to a major aim of the recent COP26 summit in Glasgow – to protect the natural environment and contribute to the conservation of nature.” 

Ian White, dormouse and training officer at PTES, added: “This year dormice made a welcome return to Lancashire when we reintroduced thirty individuals to the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

“This new population has got off to an excellent start as we know at least twelve litters were born this year.”

Network Rail estimate that the ‘Dormouse Bridge’ will be completed next summer.

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