A police officer whose job is to fight hate crime has been told to stop wasting taxpayers’ money
Sergeant Peter Allan took offence at supermarket signs for feminine hygiene products complaining that they broke gender-equality rules.
He told Tesco and Sainsbury’s they discriminated against men who might want to use them as well but Sussex Police was deluged with messages of condemnation and disbelief.
Feminist campaigner Julie Bindel said: “This isn’t to do with policing and it’s a waste of time and irresponsible for an officer to be using his position like this to put pressure on supermarkets.”
Sgt Allen, who is part of the force’s hate crime unit and works with lesbian, gay and transgender people, had tweeted a message to Sainsbury’s saying: “It’s an issue of gender identity.
“Men may use the products. Indeed men’s products were on the shelf. ‘Personal care’ perhaps?”
Sergeant Peter Allan took offence at supermarket signs for feminine hygiene products
Sgt Allan told Tesco “Need to update. Especially with products 4 men on shelf. ‘Personal Hygiene’ perhaps. Should be gender neutral if mentioned at all.”
This isn’t to do with policing and it’s a waste of time
One Twitter user said: “If Tesco panders to this ****, I’ll buy my tampons from somewhere else! And I’m a bloke! Get real and do a proper job!”
Another wrote: “Has Sussex Police gone completely mad? Obviously hate crime should be policed but this is over-officious and waste of our money!”
He told Tesco and Sainsbury’s they discriminated against men who might want to use them
Sgt Allan’s comments last year resurfaced after Brighton’s Pride festival last week. He has also denounced Marks & Spencer for its baby-changing signs not showing a male.
A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “Our signs are designed to help customers easily find the items they’re looking for.”
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Feminist campaigner Julie Bindel said: 'This isn’t to do with policing and it’s a waste of timE'
A Tesco spokesman said: “Everyone is welcome at Tesco.
“We regularly review the signs.”
Sussex Police declined to comment.
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