1. ITV Report

'Gay people shouldn't have babies' says Tesco worker in front of shocked shoppers

Tesco has apologised after a checkout worker was reportedly heard saying "gay people shouldn't have babies", after serving a pregnant lesbian couple.

Another couple overheard the comments as they waited to pay at Tesco Extra in Surrey Quays in east London earlier this month. They claim the cashier said that being gay "is wrong".

After being challenged, the worker allegedly added that is was "free country so I can say what I like!" and "all gay people should die alone".

Tesco Extra in Surrey Quays Credit: Google Street View

I said to the cashier her comments were homophobic and she couldn't go about viewing opinions like that. I also advised her I did not want to communicate with her any further.

After shopping I went to the cashier manager who advised me she was entitled to her own opinion, just not at work. He said he would take this further and to call head office.

– Anonymous eyewitness

In a statement, Tesco said it had apologised to the customers involved and has begun an investigation.

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We work hard to make sure that everyone is welcome at Tesco and put great emphasis on celebrating diversity and ensuring that we are an inclusive place to work and shop.

Any remarks or actions from our colleagues which are not in line with these beliefs are not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

– Tesco statement