Supermarket giant Asda has apologised after staff at one of its stores left two carers feeling ‘ashamed’ for shopping in their uniforms.
Fears of catching Covid-19 at the shop in Stoke-on-Trent prompted staff to accuse colleagues Mary Gibson and Lisa Willott of 'spreading disease'.
They had visited the Wolstanton store at the end of a demanding 14-hour shift for a 'quick sandwich'.
The pair told Stoke-on-Trent Live they were stunned when one of the Asda workers told them: "You two shouldn't be in here with them uniforms on, you're spreading disease."
Asda has since apologised for the 'misunderstanding' at its store.
Mary, 27, from Burslem, said: "We told the employee that we wear full personal protective equipment and had done a 14-hour shift before coming in for a sandwich. I went to the main desk and demanded that the manager came down. I just went mad.
"We felt so alone and ashamed. I was disgusted."
Lisa said the pair felt belittled at a time when they were putting their lives at risk.
The 41-year-old, from Tunstall, added: "Now it feels like everyone is looking at us with our uniforms on - but they're not. We were just made to feel like that."
Asda stressed earlier today that customers are allowed to wear their work uniforms inside its stores.
“We are really proud and grateful for the fantastic work of carers and NHS staff across the country, which is why we are giving them priority access to our stores at set times during each week so they can get the essentials they need,” added a spokesman.
"Our colleagues are also working incredibly hard at the moment to do a good job for customers in these unprecedented times.
"We would like to apologise again for the misunderstanding at our Wolstanton store and can reassure all of our front-line customers that they are allowed to wear their uniforms in our stores.
"We are happy that we have resolved this with Ms Gibson and Ms Willott.”