A same-sex couple in Brighton, England, has been offered an apology by supermarket giant Sainsbury’s after an employee at the store asked the couple to leave over a kiss.
According to MailOnline, a Sainsbury’s customer took offense when Annabelle Sacher, 22, gave her girlfriend a spontaneous kiss on the cheek. The customer went to a security guard at the store and complained about the kiss, calling it “disgusting” and saying she was “worried for her child.”
According to Sacher, the security guard asked her and her girlfriend to leave the store.
Sacher shared her story with a number of online communities, and it has since been widely circulated.
“The security guard later apologized, saying that she herself was gay and had simply been asked to speak to us by another customer who found us ‘disgusting’ and was ‘worried for her child’” she writes. “I felt sorry for the guard. However, the fact is that she perpetrated a hate crime on behalf of Sainsbury’s.”
Sacher says being asked to leave the store was a humiliating experience.
“My partner and myself should not have been made to feel humiliated simply because we were two women,” she says. “It is our legal and human right to express ourselves and today Sainsbury’s took that right away and made me feel like a lesser human being. I am outraged and deeply humiliated by this incident.”
Sainsbury’s responded to the story with an apology. They say the incident “never should have happened” and was mishandled.
“This should never have happened – it is clear that she and her partner were not behaving inappropriately, and we are very sorry that they were treated in this way,” a company spokesperson said. “We have called her to apologize and will be making a donation to a charity of her choice.”
Sacher was reportedly satisfied with the store’s response.
Telegraph writer Alice Arnold covered the story as well and says she was kicked off of a Greyhound bus as a student for snuggling up to her girlfriend to sleep. Arnold says experiences like this are why gay couples are often afraid to display any affection in public.
“We are stuck with the predicament that if we show any affection in public we are accused of making a point, of rubbing people’s noses in it, even though next to us a straight couple maybe displaying their love in a much more overt way,” Arnold writes. “Most of us don’t want to be judged. We just want to live our lives trouble free.”