'It's extremely hurtful': Widowed dad blasts supermarket for 'refusing entry' to his children

'It's extremely hurtful': Widowed dad blasts supermarket for 'refusing entry' to his children
Stephen Teap with his sonsPicture: Jim Coughlan.

A well-known Cork widower and cancer screening campaigner says he was effectively denied entry to a Cork supermarket because he could only take one of his children into the store.

Stephen Teap, who has two young boys, Oscar and Noah, lost his wife Irene to cervical cancer in 2017.

Posting on Twitter, Mr Teap said he was “pissed off” after being refused entry as only one child was allowed in the store with him at Scally’s SuperValu in Clonakilty

Mr Teap said the store was not catering for single parents and said it was a pity as he had been a fan of the store.

In response to the tweet, Scally’s supermarket said they provide dedicated shopping time for families from 10am to 11am each morning and in the evenings from 7pm to 9pm.

The store also provides dedicated times for vulnerable, elderly and frontline staff from 9am to 10am every day and autism-friendly shopping on Tuesdays at 7pm to 9pm.

“This gives people with children space to shop comfortably and allows for social distancing. At busy times we are required to keep numbers at a minimum to allow for distancing,” a spokesperson for the store said.

The supermarket has been widely praised in recent years for its efforts to make shopping more accessible for families of children with autism.

Mr Teap replied saying he and his children had been discriminated against by the store and said it was extremely hurtful.

“This isn't advice that is coming from Government, you should review this, it's extremely hurtful.”

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