Supermarket giant Tesco has shared an urgent update with shoppers about their safety in stores.
Following the recent news about Sarah Everard, who was walking home from work in Clapham and was murdered, the supermarket want customers to feel safe whilst they shop.
With many shoppers worried about their safety while doing the most menial tasks in busy public spaces, the retailer has shared a message with instructions of what people should do if they do feel unsafe.
Posting on Facebook, Tesco said: “All our stores are safe spaces. Come in and ask for help any time you need it.”
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The statement read: “If you ever feel unsafe, please our stores to wait for a taxi, a bus or a friend for as long as you need to. Our colleagues will be more than happy to help.”
Shoppers have already praised the statement, and it has been liked over 49,000 times, and shared over 16,000 times.
“Well done Tesco, for not specifically stating this is for women to feel safe. It’s important for men too,” said one shopper, responding to the Facebook post.
Whilst another thanked Tesco: “Thank you, your support is much appreciated in uncertain and scary times for all people.”
“Lovely to see this. They always say safety in numbers and it’s true. Well done Tesco,” wrote a third.
A fourth person commented: “A guy was following me and making some awful threats. I went into the store and the security guard called the police for me and stayed with me ‘til we were sure I was safe.”
ASDA and M&S have also issued similar statements to shoppers. Yesterday, M&S told shoppers: “Our stores are safe spaces for everyone in the community.
“If you feel unsafe, please come in and stay as long as you need to. Our colleagues are there to help anyone who needs it.”
And ASDA has said: “EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO FEEL SAFE.
“Please know that you can always take your time, wait inside to reach out to our colleagues should you be concerned for your safety Customers and colleagues, we will be there for you.”