Last Sunday, a woman named Emily Saunders left an account on Lidl UK's Facebook page of a harrowing experience with a shopgirl who was definitely bringing her biases to work. That, or she'd like to be a stand up comedian who does a lot of terrible crowd work.
Saunders says the girl made multiple inappropriate comments about her obvious baby bump. That would be upsetting enough, but Saunders became pregnant through multiple IVF treatments. She wasn't just bored, as the girl implied.
At 36 weeks pregnant I have just visited the new Lidl in Wellingborough for the first time. The checkout woman looked at my bump and asked if there was "nothing on tv that day", I didn't answer as I was a bit shocked she then asked again! I said no, thinking she would shut up but instead she said "you couldn't have read a book instead?"
Had I managed to get pregnant naturally then this comment inferring that my baby was not planned is insulting enough. However as someone who went through months of IVF treatment it is even more hurtful.
When I said I didn't want cash back she said "oh you won't be able to afford cash back once it's here anyway"
Her comments were loud enough for the people behind me in the queue to laugh along but I left the shop feeling insulted, embarrassed and hurt.
There's a comment from Lidl under Saunders's complaint:
But by now that shopgirl is probably already touring with her tight five.