A mum and daughter who wearing crop tops on their trip to the supermarket claim that they were ordered to leave the store as they were dressed ‘inappropriately’.
Chantell Humphreys and her daughter Isabelle claim that staff members at a supermarket told them they had to leave due to their appearance; this made the pair feel “totally insulted” and “embarrassed”.
On Sunday, the duo was wearing summery crop tops as they visited the store at 1 pm in Broadstairs, Kent. Yet they were then told they were in a “family supermarket” and that their choice of clothing was not appropriate to be shopping in.
The mum and daughter have since dubbed the store’s staff as being “sexist”.
Chantell explained that eventually, the staff decided to make an exception “on this occasion”, but as the pair walked out they vowed never to set foot back in the Asda store again.
The 46-year-old told The Sun: “It was a boiling hot day. We were not going to go in wearing scarves and coats.
“I was so upset at what happened. We queued up to get inside the Asda store and walked past a staff member and got inside. She then turned around and came to us and said we’d have to leave.
“She said what we were wearing was not allowed. She said it was because of our tops. I said this is ridiculous.
“My daughter is a care worker and works very long hours so doesn’t get to go out much. She’s 18 and has been working very hard.
“A manager who was a man came out and agreed and said we’d have to leave.
“He said it was a family store and what we were wearing was not appropriate.
“He said it’s the same if a man came in with no top on. I was stunned. I’m still shocked now. It’s crazy. How can he compare the two?
“I felt totally embarrassed. It’s not like we were swearing swimsuits. I’m a mother and I was out with my daughter.
“It’s outrageous. Everybody was looking at us.
“It was very sexist and insulting.”
According to Chantell, the manager eventually made the decision to let them shop in the store but they walked out in protest.
Chantell added: “It was very insulting. There was nothing wrong with what we were wearing.
“I’ve shopped there for years. It’s not like we were in the shop wearing bikinis.
“It was sexist to compare what we were wearing to being a topless man. It was out of order.
“I was gutted.”
A spokesperson for Asda said: “We understand that with the warm weather some of our customers may be visiting the beach, however, we would ask them to consider other customers and dress appropriately when they shop.”