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Did store refuse me booze just because I’m Polish?
10:00am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
AN Evesham resident who was refused alcohol by a Tesco cashier in a town store has hit out at the supermarket giant.
Dorota Rajter-Kubajek, who is from Poland, said she was treated differently because of her nationality after being refused service at the Worcester Road store, despite being able to prove her age with a Polish and European ID card, EU driving licence and residence document.
The 32-year-old, who has lived in the UK for eight years, was shopping with her sister-in-law but when she was asked for ID she realised she had left it at her home. Both women were then refused alcohol.
However, when Mrs Rajter- Kubajek later returned with several types of identification she was still refused service.
The human resources assistant, of Robins Corner, said: “I went back to Tesco and came to the same cashier. I put my shopping down, showed her my ID and asked, ‘anything else?’ She decided not to sell me anything today. I asked why. Her explanation was because I was rude to her.
“Security came, took my shopping and said that they would not sell me anything.
So I asked for a manager.
“I felt treated unfairly, humiliated on nationality grounds, because the cashier knew that I was a foreigner. I expect to be treated as a UK citizen.”
When Mrs Rajter-Kubajek spoke to a manager he apologised for the situation but advised that the store would not serve her alcohol unless she could show a passport.
Correspondence between Mrs Rajter-Kubajek and Tesco show that a national ID card is an accepted form of ID and she said she had never had trouble buying alcohol at the store in the past.
A Tesco spokesperson said they take the responsibilities as a retailer of alcohol very seriously but have sent Mrs Rajter- Kubajek a letter of apology and £20 voucher.
They added: “On this occasion, our cashier did not recognise the ID which was provided and in line with our guidance, they did not sell the product.