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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 August, 2003, 07:27 GMT 08:27 UK
Bikini woman 'inappropriate'
Tesco does not have a dress code
A mother says she feels humiliated after a Tesco supermarket said her bikini top outfit was inappropriate for shopping.

Elizabeth Webster, 43, from Ruskington, Lincolnshire, went into the Tesco store in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, wearing a pair of shorts and a bikini top because of the hot weather.

A member of staff asked her to dress more suitably next time.

Mrs Webster said she could not believe it.

"I'm normally a very confident person

'Question of balance'

"I didn't come out of the house that morning to cause any upset or offend anybody in any way."

A Tesco spokeswoman said the supermarket did not have dress code and the issue was at the store manager's discretion.

The spokeswoman said: "We never want to embarrass any of our customers and I believe the store is already in contact with her, so apologies there.

"But the manager also has to balance what other customers think in the area, what customers come up and say... it's all a question of balance."

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