Fury as Woman Is Told She Can't Buy Maxi Pads as They're 'Not Essential' | 22 Words

An entire social media firestorm has ensued after a woman was told she couldn't buy maxi pads as they're "not essential"...

British supermarket chain Tesco has been at the center of some serious social media backlash this week.

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After it was announced that Wales would be going into a 2-week lockdown, supermarkets were told to only sell essential items - which of course, has raised some questions (and eyebrows) over what counts as "essential" or not.

But one woman had the shock of her life when she went to the supermarket to buy maxi pads...

The woman, named Katie, was allegedly told that she couldn't purchase them as they were not essential.

Yep, you read that right...

The supermarket is now embroiled in a heated row after Katie called out the chain in a tweet that's since gone viral.

But the supermarket's response really riled people up...

So much so, they've been forced to speak out once again!

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Now, of course...

It's quite obvious that sanitary products are essential items.

But Tesco initially replied to Kate with this since-deleted message.

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And of course, people were suitably outraged.

The company tried to blame the Welsh government for the Twitter row...

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Claiming ministers said the period products can't be sold throughout the country’s seventeen-day COVID-19 lockdown.

But the Welsh government has a very different take on the issue.

"We're sorry you've had to experience this. This is wrong - period products are essential. Supermarkets can still sell items that can be sold in pharmacies," they wrote.

After officials clarified the rules...

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Tesco ended up apologizing for getting it wrong. "Of course sanitary products are essential items and are available to customers in all of our stores, including those in Wales," they said.

They continued...

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"The reply to this customer was sent by mistake and we’re very sorry for any confusion caused."

At least the whole situation was cleared up in the end!

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