Black Friday: Tesco turns away shoppers not taking part in the bargain bonanza
Tesco have been accused of turning away shoppers that were not shopping as part of the Black Friday bonanza.
A shopper in Scotland reporter he was turned away from a store in Edinburgh "because he didn't want to buy a TV".
Chris Brown tweeted: "Was delighted to discover your Corstorphine store is happy to turn away anyone not wanting to buy a TV today. Won't be back."
Tesco replied to the customer on social media, explaining that the store opened at 5am for those who wished to partake in Black Friday, but would not open to other shoppers until 7am.
@busterthesailor Oh no! Can you confirm exactly what was advised Chris? Thanks - Nathan— Tesco (@Tesco) November 27, 2015
@busterthesailor Hi Chris, I'm really sorry about that. They open at 7am for customers who dont wish to take part in Black Friday. (1)— Tesco (@Tesco) November 27, 2015
@busterthesailor This was done to ensure our store colleagues could provide a great shopping experience. TY - Paul (2)— Tesco (@Tesco) November 27, 2015
Another shopper took to Twitter to vent and wrote: "This morning Tesco tried to not let me in because they weren't sure I wasn't there for Black Friday. I just wanted to buy bagels."
A spokesperson for the store told Independent.co.uk: "Our Black Friday event was incredibly popular last year so to ensure colleagues have enough time to set up for the event this year, we will be closing all participating stores at 12am and reopening them at 5am."
This morning Tesco tried to not let me in because they weren't sure I wasn't there for Black Friday. I just wanted to buy bagels.— Sam McKavanagh (@MrMcKavanaghRE) November 27, 2015
Two ladies at Tesco Knocknagoney tell me they came in for Weetabix and left with a trolley of electronics. #BlackFriday— Richard Morgan (@Journo_Rich) November 27, 2015
The shopping bonanza kicked off in the early hours of this morning, with Irish shoppers expected to spend €128m today.
It is the the first year the shopping fever has gripped the country.
The so-called Black Friday and Cyber Monday were originally American traditions following Thanksgiving but are now gaining a foothold on this side of the Atlantic.
Retail Ireland expects this to be the best festive season for retailers in seven years, with overall sales to increase by 3.5pc on last year.