Thu. Dec 1st, 2022


The Real News Network

Tesco shopper charged after allegedly tearing covering off ‘non-essential’ items

2 min read

The Daily Star’s FREE newsletter is spectacular! Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox

An irate shopper who allegedly tore through the protective coverings of "non-essential" items in a Welsh Tesco has been charged with breaching coronavirus regulations.

Gwilym Owen, 28, will appear before magistrates on November 24 following the incident in the Bangor Tesco Extra store on Friday after also being charged with criminal damage.

Video emerged on Friday of a man tearing plastic sheeting from the shelves of items deemed "non-essential" under Wales' new lockdown guidelines, which involve a temporary ban on the sale of certain items including clothing and stationery.

The man called the rule "a f***ing disgrace" before uploading the clip on social media.

  • Daily Star's newsletter brings you the biggest and best stories – sign up today

North Wales Police said the Owen, from Anglesey, has since been charged with criminal damage and breaching coronavirus regulations.

He is due before magistrates in Caernarfon on November 24.

Mr Owen allegedly posted the video online and told North Wales Live that he felt compelled to do what he could to fight the Welsh Government's ban.

In a lengthy Facebook post accompanying the video, Mr Owen said he'd "had enough last night" and wanted to demonstrate his opposition to the ban.

"I don't care about the backlash that I may get from this. We're heading into winter now and who would have thought clothes for children weren't essential?"

"I'm sure there are people out there who can barely afford heating in their houses and now they want to stop people buying clothes in supermarkets?"

Mr Owen urged the public to "wake up and have a backbone".

He added: "I don't expect everyone to do what I've done here but I do expect everyone to know that denying the public clothing is nothing but immoral and inhuman."

"Things will only get worse if we don't make any effort in stopping this madness.

"I'm not prepared to live in a society where they can take basic human needs away like being able to buy new clothes, especially for children.

"So I'll do what I can to stop it. We need more people to take a stand for what is right!”

Wales' First Minister Mark Drakeford has said supermarkets should stop selling items such as clothes as a matter of "fairness" since clothes shops and other non-essential business have been asked to close until November 9.

But the Welsh Retail Consortium said it was "deeply disappointed" with the "ill-conceived policy".

A Tesco spokesperson asked customers to abide by the restrictions which have been set out by the Welsh Government.

"Our colleagues have worked hard to put these measures in place and we ask that customers please respect these restrictions," the spokesperson added.

  • Tesco
  • Lockdown

Source: Read Full Article