Tesco Turns Away Man Buying ‘Too Much’ Food For Homeless

Tesco staff prevented two men from buying the homeless up to $250 (£200) worth of food.

Stephen Peter Chamberlain and Michael Taub stocked up on tinned goods at a Brent Cross, London, branch and where planning to deliver it to nearby food charity Saint Laurence’s Larder.

Things went awry when Stephen and Michael were halted by a shop assistant who said they were buying “too much” food. The supermarket’s manager concurred with the decision.

“We buy food every week and have not had problems like this before,” Michael told Mirror Online.

“I appreciate it is a lot of food, and we were told that there was a thought that we would be reselling the food. But we weren’t, this food was going to vulnerable people.

“We help 70-90 people every week. We help homeless people, or those with mental health problems. It can be anyone, really.”

Michael said that along with “staple foods” he also buys chocolate and other treats.

Taking to Facebook, Michael wrote: “Shame on your Tesco Brent Cross,” Michael wrote.

“Today went shopping for our open kitchen in order to feed and give food parcels to the needy and homeless, but they [Tesco] refused to sell or serve us, stating we were buying too much. Incredible really.

“So many children and families here on and below the poverty line! Never happens in Sainsbury’s.”

A Tesco spokesperson told Mirror Online: “We do have to ensure there are products available for everyone, so our colleagues use their discretion when customers are buying in bulk.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused for Mr Chamberlain on this occasion.

“We are looking into whether St Laurence’s Larder could benefit from our Community Food Connection programme, which links our stores with local charities and community groups to supply them with good quality surplus food.”


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