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A shopper has shared her anger after being asked to ‘pull her T-shirt over her shorts’ on a trip to Sainsbury’s.

Lauren O’Connor, 33, a PR director from Surrey, says she was at the supermarket’s Staines branch when a member of staff approached her with the request and told her that a male customer had complained about the length of her shorts .

Lauren hailed the meeting as ‘sexist’, arguing that she had the right to ‘wear shorts in the 32 degree heat,’ and wondered why the staff member had repeated the request to her – adding that besides one mask was not a dress code that she had worn.

On Twitter, she shared her outrage and humiliation over the encounter, arguing that men could get away with ‘wearing whatever they wanted’ while women’s bodies were still being monitored.

Lauren O'Connor, 33, a PR director from Surrey, says she was at the supermarket's Staines branch when a staff member approached her with the request, telling her that a customer had complained about the length of her shorts

Lauren O’Connor, 33, a PR director from Surrey, says she was at the supermarket’s Staines branch when a staff member approached her with the request, telling her that a customer had complained about the length of her shorts

She shared a photo of her outfit and wrote: 'I'm so angry now. I was just approached by a Sainsbury employee at the Staines store to 'pull my t-shirt down'

She shared a photo of her outfit and wrote: 'I'm so angry now. I was just approached by a Sainsbury employee at the Staines store to 'pull my t-shirt down'

She shared a photo of her outfit and wrote: ‘I’m so angry now. I was just approached by a Sainsbury employee at the Staines store to ‘pull my t-shirt down’

She shared a photo of her outfit and wrote: ‘I’m so angry now. I was just approached by a Sainsbury employee in the Staines store to ‘pull my t-shirt down’.

An elderly man commented to an employee who felt compelled to come and tell me while I was shopping. It’s 32 degrees. If I want to wear shorts I will. ‘

She continued: ‘For reference, this is my outfit. I just wanted popsicles. I am ashamed of that in the store. So disappointed. When are we no longer going to tell women how to dress? Especially when topless men often visit supermarkets, which I very doubt need to change [sic]. ‘

‘I’m so angry about it. When are we going to stop giving space to men who can’t stop being perverts? I’m so tired of having to defend my existence and love for booty shorts! ‘.

Speaking to FEMAIL, Lauren said she felt 'humbled' by the incident 'and recalled,' I came into the store to get some popsicles for my mom, a quick in and out job. It was 32 degrees, shockingly hot '

Speaking to FEMAIL, Lauren said she felt 'humbled' by the incident 'and recalled,' I came into the store to get some popsicles for my mom, a quick in and out job. It was 32 degrees, shockingly hot '

Speaking to FEMAIL, Lauren said she felt ‘humbled’ by the incident ‘and recalled,’ I came into the store to get some popsicles for my mom, a quick in and out job. It was 32 degrees, shockingly hot ‘

A follower responded to the post: ‘That’s disgusting. Why do people like to express their unfounded opinion? ‘.

Another added, “Please tell me you pulled your shirt all the way down from the neckline to the waist.”

Speaking to FEMAIL, Lauren said she felt ‘humbled’ by the incident ‘and recalled,’ I came into the store to get some popsicles for my mom, a quick in and out job. It was 32 degrees, shockingly hot.

‘I was looking at hair dye when a sales associate approached me and said,’ I think you should pull your t-shirt down because a gentleman doesn’t know if you’re wearing anything under it. ‘

She continued: ‘It was here, looking at a box of hair dye, I was out of words. That a) someone felt the need to comment on what I was wearing and tell an employee and b) that the employee had told me about it. I was hurt. I was wearing a mask, but can imagine the color of my cheeks. ‘

She said: 'It's double the standard when men are allowed to walk topless in supermarkets and crazy that supermarkets can't check people without masks, but I can't wear hot pants in the summer heat? It's absolute madness. '

She said: 'It's double the standard when men are allowed to walk topless in supermarkets and crazy that supermarkets can't check people without masks, but I can't wear hot pants in the summer heat? It's absolute madness. '

She said: ‘It’s double the standard when men are allowed to walk topless in supermarkets and crazy that supermarkets can’t check people without masks, but I can’t wear hot pants in the summer heat? It’s absolute madness. ‘

She took to Twitter and shared her outrage at the meeting, arguing that men could get away with 'wearing whatever they wanted' while women's bodies were still being monitored

She took to Twitter and shared her outrage at the meeting, arguing that men could get away with 'wearing whatever they wanted' while women's bodies were still being monitored

She took to Twitter and shared her outrage at the meeting, arguing that men could get away with ‘wearing whatever they wanted’ while women’s bodies were still being monitored

A follower responded to the post: 'That's disgusting. Why do people like to express their unfounded opinion? '

A follower responded to the post: 'That's disgusting. Why do people like to express their unfounded opinion? '

A follower responded to the post: ‘That’s disgusting. Why do people like to express their unfounded opinion? ‘

Speaking of how she felt, she said, “It’s a humbling experience to have that, especially in this sweltering heat.

‘It is double the standard when men are allowed to walk topless in supermarkets and is it crazy that supermarkets cannot check people without masks, but I can’t wear hot pants in the summer heat? It’s absolute madness.

‘I actually worked at this location when I was a teenager and can honestly say I’ve never known this before. There is no dress code for Sainsbury’s. ‘

Lauren revealed that Sainsbury’s had answered her and was investigating the incident.

A spokesman for Sainsbury’s told FEMAIL, “We speak to the store to understand what happened and apologize to Lauren for the violation caused.”

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