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Gay couple holding hands ordered out of Sainsbury’s by security guard for 'touching inappropriately'

Mirror logo Mirror 10/08/2016 By Scott Campbell

Thomas Rees, 32 (left) and boyfriend Josh were holding hands on a visit to Sainsbury's when they were told by a security guard that they were 'touching inappropriately' Thomas Rees, 32 (left) and boyfriend Josh were holding hands on a visit to Sainsbury's when they were told by a security guard that they were 'touching inappropriately' A gay couple holding hands in a Sainsbury’s branch claim they were asked to step out of the store by a security guard for 'touching inappropriately'.

Thomas Rees, 32, said he was left “shocked” by the staff member’s alleged actions during a trip to the supermarket with his boyfriend Josh.

He told ITV News: "My boyfriend and I went to our local Sainsbury's holding hands as we normally do, just general public displays of affection and we didn't notice anything untoward or weird.

"In East London it's not uncommon but we noticed the security guard staring."

The security guard allegedly called the couple over after they had paid and asked them to go outside before explaining that a customer had complained.

Thomas added: "My blood boiled. I was shaking and dumbfounded and unable to respond. He kept repeating the customer felt our behaviour was inappropriate."

A customer service worker offered the couple a £10 gift card but Thomas has said he wants an apology.

He has also urged the retailer to make sure that all guards are correctly trained in diversity.

A spokesperson for Sainsbury's said: "We sincerely apologise to Thomas and Josh.

"We are an inclusive retailer and employer and do not tolerate discrimination in our stores.

"We will take appropriate action once we've concluded our investigation with our security contractor."

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