Monday 1 May 2017

Black Friday: Tesco turns away shoppers not taking part in the bargain bonanza

The queue outside the Tesco Extra in Newcastle's Kingston Park before the doors opened on Black Friday. Tom Wilkinson/PA Wire
The queue outside the Tesco Extra in Newcastle's Kingston Park before the doors opened on Black Friday. Tom Wilkinson/PA Wire
A shopper in the Tesco Extra store in Surrey Quays, London, buys a TV on Black Friday.Yui Mok/PA Wire
The queue outside the Tesco in Cardiff before the doors opened on Black Friday. Benjamin Wright/PA Wire
The queue outside the Tesco in Cardiff before the doors opened on Black Friday. Benjamin Wright/PA Wire
Shoppers in the Tesco Extra store in Surrey Quays, London, looking for Black Friday deals. Yui Mok/PA Wire
People picking up 49inch TVs for £199 at the Kingston Park Tesco Extra in Newcastle during Black Friday. Yui Mok/PA Wire
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

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.

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."

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.

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