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

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.”


5 replies on “Tesco Turns Away Man Buying ‘Too Much’ Food For Homeless”

“… there was a thought that we would be reselling the food. ”

How would that even make sense? If I buy a tin of kidney beans from Tesco for 40p and try to resell them I would have to make a profit so I’d be asking 45 – 50p. So who would buy it from me?

Besides, they priced their product, got their price; why would they care?

i work at a grocery store. when ever we have rice on sale, we have this one family that tries to come in and buy the rice in bulk, im talking like 50 big bags of rice. they were cooking it and selling it at their restaurant. they were also buying so much other customers were complaining about our low stock. which is why whenever we have a sale on products like that there is a set limit to how much you can buy. if it is for personal use then you shouldnt be buying more than three or four bags (which could last you months). if it is for preparing meals at a restaurant, it has to be bought were it can be bought in bulk. there is also a licensing issue where we cannot supply product to other commercial food stores and such.

as a charity they would get more food for the dollar if they dealt with the wholesalers,maybe in the long run tesco did them a favor

If it is selling well at the price you have set, well done. Get more stock. Don’t tell me how much I can buy. You may have a poor business model.

In the long run you are probably right. Unfortunately the homeless and hungry in the winter don’t have the luxury of the long run. It’s now they need it. Today.

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