A man went on a shopping spree in nothing but his underwear in order to prove the government wrong.
The bizarre incident took place in Newport, Wales, where 38-year-old Chris Noden attempted to shop at Tesco while wearing nothing but his underpants.
As the man explained, he wanted to prove that “something is essential to everyone” after the Welsh government decided to ban the sales of non-essentials, including clothes, during a strict 17-day lockdown.
“It felt like I was going to prove my point,” Chris said during his appearance on GMB.
“I wanted to prove the point, my wife showed me this meme on Facebook ‘Only in Wales can you go shopping without your clothes on’.
“So I said ‘Come on then, let’s prove the point in Wales you can go shopping without your clothes on and there’s nothing you can do about it’.”
In a video taken by the man’s wife, Dawn, Chris was confronted by a security guard while strolling around the supermarket in nothing but his boxers.
“Your store’s policy says clothes are non-essential. Let him buy some clothes. This is beyond ridiculous. There are children out there growing that need clothes,” Dawn said in the video.
The security guard then replied: “He’s not appropriately dressed. Go and take it up with the government. You can’t come in dressed like that.”
When asked about whether the clothes were “essential to day-to-day life,” the guard responded by confirming they indeed are.
As Chris said, he was pleased with his experiment because he managed to prove his point about clothes being essential.
According to the reports, Welsh supermarkets were forced to enforce the policy that prohibits the sale of clothes during the lockdown after the government branded clothes as non-essential items.
Following the outrage over the ban on clothes, Mark Drakeford, the First Minister of Welsh, insisted that supermarkets may allow shoppers to buy clothes if the latter have “unexpected reasons” behind the need for new clothes.
“I won’t need — I don’t think — to buy clothing over this two weeks and I think many, many people in Wales will be in that position too,” Drakeford said.
“For me, it won’t be essential. But I recognize that there will be some people who for entirely unexpected reasons which they couldn’t have foreseen will need to buy items.
“In those circumstances where those welfare reasons are at stake, we will make sure that our supermarkets understand they have the discretion to apply the rules differently.”