‘Non-essential’ menstrual products: Retail company apologizes to Welsh woman after refusing sale
The pandemic year, as it is called 2020, has forced countries around the world to implement different strategies to keep their citizens safe. Wales, a country in the UK, for example, reportedly recently implemented a 17-day firewall lockdown to tackle the growing number of coronavirus infections in the country.
As is the case with blockages – as it has happened here in India as well – people are only allowed to go out to buy essentials and receive services that are seen and listed as such.
In a now deleted tweet, however, a Welsh woman was told by Tesco, a popular retail company, that sanitary products, being ‘non-essential’ items, will not be sold, under government rules from Wales, The independent reports. This naturally led to a furore on social media, when the woman took to Twitter to express her anger.
@Tesco can you explain why i was told today i cannot buy PERIOD PADS as i am sure they are a must have for women? !!! But I can buy alcohol that doesn’t make sense 🤦🏽♀️
– Katie💗 (@ kt1515123) October 26, 2020
“Can you explain why I was told today that I cannot buy PERIODIC PADS because I am sure they are essential for women? !!! But I can buy alcohol, that doesn’t make sense, ”she tweeted.
The outlet reports that a Tesco spokesperson named Raza responded from the company’s main account, saying: “We understand how frustrating these changes will be for our Welsh customers. However, the Welsh government has told us not to sell these items while the firewall is in lockdown. Sincerely, Raza.
The tweet was then deleted. But the official Welsh government Twitter account spoke of the fiasco. “It’s wrong, period products are essential. Supermarkets can still sell items that can be sold in pharmacies. Selling only essential items during the firebreak is to discourage spending more time than necessary in stores. This shouldn’t prevent you from accessing the things you need, ”the tweet read.
That’s wrong – vintage products are essential.
Supermarkets can still sell items that can be sold in pharmacies.
Selling only essential items during the fire break is to discourage spending more time than necessary in stores. This shouldn’t prevent you from accessing the things you need. https://t.co/kIo5l5z2Zc
– Welsh Government (@WelshGovernment) October 26, 2020
In fact, Tesco also confirmed that its tweet – stating that sanitary products were non-essential items – was sent in error and that the sanitary ware sales area in that particular branch of Tesco was “cornered due to ‘burglary “.
His spokesperson said The independent: “Sanitary products are essential items and are available to customers in all of our stores in Wales. Due to a burglary, this area was temporarily closed at a store for a police investigation but is reopened. The response to this customer, which implied that these products were not essential, was sent in error and we are very sorry for any confusion caused.
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