The two women who were shamed for shopping in their pyjamas have branded their male critic “sexist” and “racist.”
The pair claim they had made a quick dash to the shop to buy milk for a five-month-old baby at 7pm.
They were later shocked to find they had been photographed inside the shop by a customer who later tried to get them banned from Tesco (the UK supermarket they were photographed in).
Chris Cooke posted their picture on the shop’s Facebook page and branded them “disgusting” for dressing-down.
Now one of the women, a member of the UK’s gypsy “traveller” community who The Sun agreed not to name, has hit back.
She said: “I didn’t think there was any harm in me going to Tesco to get a few things at 7pm.
“I have a young baby and I needed to get him some milk.
“I’ll be honest, I was kind of hung-over and just wanted to get something for my baby and some snacks with my mum.
“We had already put our pyjamas on for the evening so didn’t think anything of it, we didn’t think we would be internationally shamed.
“I feel so embarrassed about it, that my picture is everywhere of me in my pyjamas.
“We were visiting family in Manchester and we just wanted to quickly get a few things.
“I’m disgusted that a man has taken our picture and put it online asking for Tesco to ban people wearing their pyjamas.
“We are travellers and we feel like it is sexist and racist.
“It’s an attack on our culture and way of life.”
The pair were wearing pink nightwear and slippers when they were photographed.
Mr Cooke posted the snap on Tesco’s Facebook page and wrote: “Dear Tesco, please can you put a rule in place that people like this will not be served in your stores.
“It’s bloody disgusting.
“I mean who doesn’t have the time to get changed into clothes to go shopping.”
The two women, from Nottingham, were visiting family in Manchester at the time and have been left upset by the backlash.
“There are hundreds of paedophiles molesting children who don’t get into the newspapers but I can’t go into Tesco in my pyjamas without being photographed.
“I don’t think it is fair asking Tesco to ban it. In my eyes it’s racist against travellers.”
“Me and my mum were chatting and our language is different from other people and they probably realised that and decided to target us because of it.
“It would be different if I had no clothes on and was walking around naked — but I had clothes on.
“I don’t feel the need to impress the man who is complaining about it.
“I don’t need to dress up, put on make-up and do my hair for him.
“I only have my husband to impress, not some stranger in the supermarket.”
A Tesco spokesman said: “Many of our customers have told us that they feel uncomfortable when they see other shoppers wearing unsuitable clothing in our stores and we do try to find a balance that everyone is happy with.
“Although we don’t have a formal dress code in our stores, we rely on our management team to use their discretion and common sense.”
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