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The Tesco branch in Cardiff's St Mellons has clearly had enough of barefoot shoppers wandering the aisles in their pyjamas, and has ordered customers so dressed to cease and desist. According to the BBC, the store has posted a "customer dress code policy" notice reading: "To avoid causing offence or embarrassment to others we …

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summer time

dont lots of ppl go barefoot ???

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Unhappy

Been there, done that.

I used to work in a Tesco in Northamptonshire on the night shift, and we saw this quite regularly, people coming shopping in their pyjamas, sometimes with a dressing gown, sometimes with shoes, almost always overweight with their BigMac filled bellies hanging out.

Most interestingly though, on several occasions we had women come in wearing all sorts of lingerie and various other exotic bedroom-wear which you wouldn't expect to see while replenishing the frozen peas!

We wouldn't've minded, if only any of them had been remotely attractive!

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Grenade

hahaha

Never mind the quality - just go for quantity :D

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Children

I have only ever seen children in PJs at my local tesco, most of them are probably still in nappies

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Happy

Liverpool

As someone who grew up in Liverpool I was constantly amazed by the number of people in some parts of the city who would go shopping in pyjama's. I never did it and I no longer live there.

Nice to see it's done in other places as well.

AC because I'm a wimp.

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Liverpool

I assumed from the headline that it was a story about Liverpool, where shopping in your pajamas appears to be considered perfectly normal.

I have seen one person in what looked like pajamas in Fenwick's department store in Canterbury.

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Boffin

Never been to Uni then ?

"Readers are invited to report on whether this is a purely Welsh phenomenon, or a nationwide issue"

Reg hacks have obviosuly never been to University. Happens all over the UK.

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Damn

As a perpetual barefoot walker - I find it offensive that I have to put shoes on in order to enter a Tesco store. What quality hygene are they wanting to improve? My clean feet are nothing compared to all those dirty shoes and soles brought in by Joe Public. What Tesco should be writing is that they cannot garuntee the safety and hygene of their customers, and therefore require you to wear protective clothing in order to enter their stores. It is probably linked to a cost cutting exercise whereby the 'aisle cleaning' machine is relegated to overnight polishing for the frozen turkey bowling of the shelf stackers.

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In case you're serious.

No, of course they can't make such guarantees. And while they can't guarantee you won't cut your finger somewhere there is surely much less chance of that - on account of where your attention generally is - than barefoot customers stepping on something sharp enough to make the blood flow. The stores are too large and the people in-store too many to be able to guarantee safety. Personally I would expect the store to be closed while spilt human blood is dealt with. However many levels that may or may not be justified, it certainly is in the litigation society that, like it or not, Tesco is operating in.

As for what might come in on shoes, as long as it stays down there it doesn't bother me so much as Athletes Foot (which once you've got it is effectively a lifelong companion. I would prefer not having it spread around a food store, when whether you wear footwear or not is kind of like the difference between sneezing into a snot-rag or into the open air).

It doesn't matter how clean your feet may be, it doesn't stop fungal diseases spreading, but unless you get to the store by jet pack, autogyro, or even, I suppose, piggyback, you're treading in the same as the shoes are treading in anyway, aren't you?

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WTF?

@The Great Mooshta ...

... "Personally I would expect the store to be closed while spilt human blood is dealt with." Please tell me you are joking. If you are wearing shoes and normal clothes, what is the problem? Next you'll be saying that you want stores to close because someone has tracked dog-shit in! FFS man, grow up - blood isn't going to kill you (unless you happen to inject it somehow, and even then, the chances are fairly small).

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You missed the bit

about 'in a litigation society' then?

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Apologies ...

... I did see it, but misinterpreted it. I'll leave my original comment as a reminder of my shame! ;)

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Pretty common

Oddly enough I've seen it loads of times in a number of Tescos but not in any other supermarkets.

The little Tesco Metro in NE2 on a weekend morning is jam packed with students dressed like Arthur Dent. I've seen it late at night/early hours (like 2am) in the 24 hour Tesco Extra as well.

Personally I don't see the problem. I;ve seen plenty of people dressed far worse in non-nightwear doing their shopping.

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Only in Tesco?

I can explain that. You've just stumbled on the fundamental purpose of Tesco, which is to keep the riff-raff out of Waitrose.

I saw some bugger turn up at Waitrose the other day without a tie and they let him in! I don't know what the world's coming to......declining standards......moral turpitude......think of the children.....write to the Daily Mail.......etc ad infinitum.

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Thats not Tescos

Thats Sainsburys.

Tescos is to keep the riff raff out of Sainsburys.

Oh, and Waitrose shoppers are requierd to read the Times, Telegraph or, preferably, the FT (Observer or Independent are passable, if your female or hip and rich). Not the Daily Mail though.

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Quotations

It was Stephen Fry who quipped that the purpose of Sainsbury’s is to keep the riff-raff out of Waitrose.

The purpose of Tesco appears to be to become the British 'Buy n Large' megacorporation.

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Headmaster

Correction.

"It was Stephen Fry who quipped that the purpose of Sainsbury’s is to keep the riff-raff out of Waitrose."

Actually, that was penned by the late Alan Coren.

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no it wasn't

it was Alan Coren.

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Riff-raff

Waitrose has the worst riff-raff of all. They just *think* they aren't. They're certainly the most ill-mannered of the lot, anyway, and the main reason I don't shop at Waitrose is because of its rude and unpleasant clientele.

Can't say I've ever witnessed anybody shopping in their pyjamas. And after a moment's thought, it's not an experience I feel I've missed, either. You do occasionally see the shoeless in summer, though since they have a vested interest in not stepping in anything nasty I'm not really sure what the problem is. Well, other than the aforementioned (lack of) safety issues, though IMHO that's really something for the stores to sort out rather than asking customers to go in wearing steel toecaps and hard hats "because that's what'll happen" etc. Oh come on, a bit of hyperbole never hurt anyone.

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obligatory "'elf 'n' safety" angle

unprotected feet and loose nightware is a bit of a hazard, not to mention the risks to other shoppers of possible David Duchovny doing a 'Basic Instinct' in his bathrobe in the Larry Sanders Show incidents.

Maybe they don't want the store to appear on 'People of Wal-Mart' either.

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No entry to Arthur Dent.

Customers need shoes or they will sue next time one walks through some broken glass from a bottle they just smashed themselves.

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Grenade

Pyjamas aren't nightwear in Cardiff

It's haute couture.

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WTF?

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Pah! My jammies are no more offensive than the average trackie.

Sure, I've shopped in jammies and slippers, including the ridiculous Homer Simpson ones (note: not good for driving in). I've worked graveyard shifts in a 24hr Tesco (in Wales and in NE England) and seen people do it, robe and boxers the least someones worn. Hell, in summer, Northern Neds would come in shirtless with shorts, is that any better than my jammies? Pft. No!

Wasn't there a Tesco that allowed nude shopping after regular hours? (i recall reading an article many moons ago about that...)

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Coat

Only corner shop left...

Since Tesco's expansion policy effectively closes the corner shop, where else am I meant to go on a Sunday morning for rolls, bacon, milk and the Sunday papers before returning to bed with Mrs V.

Perhaps Tesco need to introduce a delivery service........

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IT Angle

Not just Welsh

Have seen it all over Dublin, and not just in Tesco. Pretty common to see women of all ages walking about in pyjama's

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Missed opportunity

I'm stunned Tesco don't just ask them to buy some clothes...

...also where are these people keeping their money [shudder]

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In other parts of the world

A few months / years ago you ran an article about that naked shopper in Germany ...

And in South Africa if you come off the beach and are headed to a braai (barbeque, grill etc) then you just wrap a towel over your costume and walk on it to the shop .. no shoes required.

Personally unless you are causing harm to someone, who care what you wear.

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Not in Tesco....

....but I've been known to pop to the local Co-Op in T-Shirt and PJ bottoms. I wear trainers though so you prolly wouldn't know they were PJs - you would just think I had no fashion sense, which isn't too far from the truth!

Mines the tartan one, with the bed-breathey tissue in the pocket.

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Daytime nightwear

The fashion for scallies/chavs/neds to wear special "going out" pyjamas is still going strong in Merseyside.

It warms the cockles of my heart to see girls dressed in pyjama bottoms that have soaked up all the dirt from the pavements, as they head off to the tanning salon to change their skin colour from diarrohoea brown to Oompa-loompa orange.

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Just put some clothes on

Is it that hard to just get dressed before going out? Christ, this country is getting like the Middle Ages.

You see "Shirt and Shoes Required" in stores in the US all the time, I don't see a problem with it.

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Only on restaurants

It's a health code thing. As far as I know it's perfectly alright to go barefoot or shirtless in a grocery store, not that I can recall seeing it very often.

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Go

Time to dress back....

Group on facebook has been set-up to gather members who are outraged at this: http://bit.ly/bnA0Ey

Twitter topic is #shoppinginyourpjs

The intention will be to organise a mass UK event where members go to Tesco in the Pyjamas at a set time countrywide...

Any

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"As a perpetual barefoot walker - I find it offensive that I have to put shoes on in order to enter a Tesco store. "

Are you, by any chance, Australian? Because parading your corns and bunions in public places is very common here...including in public toilets <vom, vom>

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pics?!!

Where are the pics?!!

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My shoes were stolen...

What if you're going to Tesco to buy new shoes?

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Happy

Just checked with my parents........

and it wasn't one of them having an alzeimers moment again, it their local store. Could we get some cctv?

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Suggestion

Tesco should sponsor the cricket and stop them wearing pyjamas too.

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Boffin

Meh ... it's from Liverpool

Visiting family and friends up in the North West of England I've seen female "scallies" -- scally being the Scouse chav -- wear PJs outside for years: whether at the local "offie" or at the supermarket (Mrs StooMonster was confused then amazed the first time we saw a teenage girl in her teddy-bear PJs in John Lewis).

I first saw it in Liverpool about eight years ago, but my friends say it's been going on for years before that.

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Pyjamas?

I haven't worn pyjamas since I was about 12. I'd be arrested or indecent (matter of opinion) exposure for shopping in _my_ night wear.

Our local Tesco express (in a suburb of Leeds) often has pyjamad scumbags from the local chav farm/estate wondering around it. Looks like a fucking mental hospital in there these days. Needless to say I now go to Morrison's for my cigs, booze and Rizla.

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I still think

perv scanners sound like they're finding pervs, not being run by them.

Mine's the one with the tube and the hamster in the pocket.

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Are we to expect....

...the deployment of small mirrors on wheels with an attached handle so that Tesco security can check whether their female customers are wearing knickers under their skirts?

Some time ago I got a less than attractive eyeful of something that wouldn't have looked out of place on the deli counter when a 'lady' had squatted down to pick something from a low shelf....

<shudder!>

Paris, because once you've seen one you've seen them all.

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You made this up

I can't quite imagine the angle/pose that the people concerned would need to have been in to get a flash, even with a degree of immodesty.

>>because once you've seen one you've seen them all.

No, not really.

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Re: Are we to expect...

I'm afraid I haven't quite understood the geometry here. *She* was squatting down and yet *you* were still able to see something that would normally only be visible with a mirror on a stick. Were you having a nap and she squatted on your face or something?

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Japan

I believe Tesco now operate in Japan after buying a local chain of stores there or something, so yes! I'm sure 'up-skirting' is likely! They probably have a special aisle for it, next to the tentacle aisle.

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Local Store

This is actually my local store, and yes, it was weird walking the aisles on a Saturday afternoon sometimes with people still in their dressing gowns and fuzzy rabbit slippers...

It's not even a 24hr store - I could excuse people buying baby supplies at 3am - but not doing a full trolley-load on a Saturday afternoon...

It's gotten worse since they put those self-scan tills in so the customer never has to actually speak to a member of staff...

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Slippers

I used to pop over to the garage opposite my first flat (for late night fags and nibbles) in a dressing gown and slippers. And I'm still prepared to go damn near anyway in my slippers. My wife was quite appalled when we went to Brazil and they were at the top of my suitcase. Apparently, she considered the climate unsuitable for sheepskin moccasins. Home is where the slippers are!

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Clearly these people have no dignity...

I remember seeing this happen in working class areas of Belfast where women would take their kids to school in their pyjamas but i've started seeing more and more people do it in Tesco. Strangely I've noticed it in the big Tesco Extra stores where people would have had to actively leave their house, drive a distance to the store then get out and wander in. Given the time/effort required to get there in the first place, is it too much effort to just throw on some casual clothes before setting off? I've had to go to Tesco late at night myself the odd time and it's really not that hard to throw on some Jeans and a T-shirt. These people clearly have no dignity, and the stares that they were getitng from everyone nearby clearly didn't bother them....

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Quite simply...

...Other people's dignity is none of your business. Live and let live - it does not cause you any harm, so it does not fall within your remit to control.

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Students

There has recently been a large increase in this "fad" in Nottingham. Mostly it is students that are obviously so keen to demonstrate their "studenty-ness" by going shopping in pyjamas at 3pm. Ooo, look at me, I'm such a student that I've only just got up at 3pm and need to go and buy food but don't want to get dressed....

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Re: Are we to expect....

That's lovely, Brian. I might have rejected that one, but I figured, hey, share the joy.

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