A video out of Wales shows a furious shopper in a branch of Tesco tearing away plastic sheeting used to cover “non-essential” goods while decrying a COVID lockdown that is robbing people of “basic human needs.”
As we highlighted yesterday, photos began emerging of bedding and other supermarket items deemed “non-essential” being covered with plastic sheeting to prevent people in Wales from buying them.
Now a new video has emerged of an irate Welshman tearing down similar sheeting in a branch of Tesco in Bangor last night.
“Since when have clothes been exempt?, rip the f***ers off… kids’ f***ing clothes, it is a disgrace,” said 28-year-old Gwilym Owen as he tore away the sheeting.
“All you need to do is don’t comply and take them off,” he added as he continued to remove the protective covering.
After a member of security approached Owen, he responded, “‘Since when has clothing not been essential?”
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At the end of the clip, other members of staff appear to try to take the cameraman’s phone away from him while he is recording.
Owen subsequently explained his actions on Facebook, noting that he didn’t care about the backlash because he had “had enough” of the restrictions.
‘I heard supermarkets have put covers over ‘non essential’ things such as clothes. We’re heading into winter now and who would have thought clothes for children weren’t essential?’
‘I’m sure there are people out there who can barely afford heating in their houses and now they want to stop people buying clothes in supermarkets.
‘I don’t expect everyone to do what I’ve done here but I do expect everyone to know that denying the public clothing is nothing but immoral and inhuman.
‘So no I’m not ashamed of what I’ve done.
‘I’m not prepared to live in a society where they can take basic human needs away like being able to buy new clothes, especially for children. So I’ll do what I can to stop it.
‘I’ve had it up to my tether with what’s going on and we need more people to take a stand for.
Tesco responded by saying they had been ordered by the government to cover up the items.
Residents of Wales are currently under a ‘Tier 3’ lockdown, which means people are being urged to stay at home, must not visit other households, while pubs, restaurants, gyms, churches and shops deemed “non-essential” are all closed.
The new lockdown, ludicrously referred to as a “circuit breaker,” will be imposed for 17 days and is expected to further wreck the Welsh economy.
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