A supermarket in Britain has apologized
to a gay couple who claim they were verbally abused by an employee.
According to the Evening
Standard, Steve Luetchford, 28, and Mattia Pievani, 25, were
abused by a Tesco cashier in Acre Lane, Brixton on Thursday.
“My partner held my hand and gave me
a kiss and then suddenly we heard this lady shouting, saying we could
not do that here, that we should be ashamed of ourselves and we
should get out,” Luetchford told the Standard. “She was
quite rude and dismissive to us. We told her she had no right to
talk to us like that, and she responded ‘you people have no
In an interview with ITV,
Luetchford said that the worker told them they “should not be doing
that in front of children.”
“Basically, [she] told us we should
be disgusted with ourselves. We should not do anything like that,”
he said, adding that the show of affection was a “small peck on the
A Tesco spokeswoman apologized to the
couple after they complained.
But Luetchford said that he was hoping
“I'm not expecting to ruin anyone's
lives or anything like that,” he said. “But at the same time, I
don't want someone to get a slap on the wrist and think it's okay to
do that to another person.”