A woman says she was left stunned by supermarket staff after she was allegedly told she was ‘basically naked and shouldn’t be there’. However, she says she has dressed appropriately. Now, the internet is arguing over who was in the wrong.

Jaiah Fern, a 22-Year-Old student, was at Asda supermarket on the Isle of Dogs East, London when approached by a male employee, who tried kicking her out because of what she was wearing. The shopper was asked to leave the store after being informed that she was basically naked and shouldn’t be here.

In a Twitter clip [now viral], Jaiah wore a hoodie, crop top, and jogging bottoms. This incident has internet users engaging in a heated debate over who was wrong.

Jaiah Fern

It all started when an employee wearing an Asda jacket tells Jaiah that he isn’t “allowed” to have a girlfriend because of his immigration status. She asks what he’s talking about, to which he replies, “I know the rules.”

To her surprise, Jaiah then asks if he’s making a complaint because of what she’s wearing. The employee acknowledges that her outfit is the problem, adding that “we can see your body almost” before returning to his phone call.

“Right now the manager is coming, the manager for the night shift,” he explains.

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“So, I don’t respect myself is what you’re saying?” Jaiah questions the employee.

“No, not because you aren’t [respecting yourself],” the employee says in broken English. “We have a policy in ASDA.”

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The employee then asks a coworker, “Where is Amran?” Jaiah interjects, “Yeah, bring the manager.” The video then ends with the situation seemingly unresolved. She later uploaded the video to social media, giving a bit more backstory, the Daily Mail reports.

“So tonight in ASDA, Isle of Dogs, I was told by an employee that I wasn’t wearing enough clothes, I wasn’t respecting myself, that I’m basically naked and I shouldn’t be in there,” she captioned her post. “Honestly the most disgusting behavior.”

As the post went viral, Asda reached out to Jaiah about the incident. A spokesperson confirmed that that the company has no such policy and that an internal investigation is underway.

“As soon as we were made aware of this incident we launched an investigation within the store,” the spokesperson explained. “We have been in contact with Jaiah to explain that this is not our policy and to apologise for the negative experience they had on this occasion.”

Unsurprisingly, the internet was divided on the issue. Some commenters sided with the employee and others defended Jaiah and her choice of clothing.

“Why do people think it’s ok to go out in pyjamas and slippers? What sort of slovenly behaviour is that teaching children. I agree with the guy to be honest.”

“It’s up to her how she dresses she was fully clothed, its the ASDA employee pushing his beliefs on someone else which is unacceptable.”

“What happened to standards?”

“I personally don’t see the issue. she’s covered and looks respectable enough to go to the supermarket compared to what i have seen during late night trips to supermarket (people in dressing gowns, vest and boxershorts).”

Jaiah Fern

The encounter has internet users split on how the situation should have been handled. For some, they see the confrontation as an impediment to one’s right to dress as they choose. On the other hand, some wish to see a higher standard of dress in public, and they support a company’s right to implement a dress code.

Since Asda has confirmed that the company has no such policy, Jaiah was definitely allowed to walk in dressed as she was. As such, the issue comes down to whether Jaiah’s attire was appropriate for a family-oriented business, and people just can’t seem to agree.

Sources: Taphaps, Daily Mail

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