Wales lockdown – Dad tries to get into Tesco in just his pants telling staff ‘I thought clothes weren’t essential?’

A DAD has attempted to shop at a Welsh supermarket wearing just his boxer shorts and a facemask – after clothes were deemed "non-essential".

Chris Noden, 38, was stopped by security staff as he tried to push his trolley into the Tesco store in Newport, Gwent.

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Today is the first full day of Wales’ "firebreak" lockdown and stores are currently unable to sell clothes to customers.

Wife Dawn, 33, filmed him as he tried to access the store saying: "Clothes are non-essential – let him in."

Dawn told the workers: "Clothes are deemed now non-essential. Your stores policy says clothes are non-essential. Let him in to buy some clothes.

"This is beyond a joke. There are children out there growing that need clothes."


But a security guard said: "He's not appropriately dressed. Go and take it up with the government." You can't come in dressed like that."

When the staff said they won't let him in, Dawn replied: "So clothes are essential to day-to-day life?" The worker said: "Of course they are."

The couple were turned away but Dawn later posted the video online.

She said: "Please note that no lockdown rules were broken, nobody was put at risk, this non-essentials list is beyond a joke! Clothes aren’t essential are they Mr Drakefold.

"Chocolate, sugar, alcohol and tobacco all classed as essential items?"


Dawn said she posted the message in response to mum Chelsea Jones telling how she was unable to buy new pyjamas for her hospitalised daughter whose old clothes were covered in blood.

Chelsea said: "Please someone tell me how it’s not essential that I pop to the closest supermarket to the hospital (which is 5 minutes away) to get my daughter new underwear and pyjamas as hers are soaked in blood."

The mum-of-two was forced to make a 40 mile round trip home from the hospital in Cardiff to Llwynypia, Rhondda, to get replacements for her daughter Eden.

She said she was left heartbroken at "driving around crying in a panic trying to find somewhere that I am able to pick up some essentials for my child".

She added: "I have never felt so angry, frustrated or upset ever! You just never know when a ‘non-essential item’ will become ‘essential’ to you.

"I am not one to undermine the seriousness of Covid and always try my best to follow the rules, but these rules needs to change.”

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