A shop assistant at Selfridges has been suspended after he refused to serve a friend of English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson. According to Robinson, who filmed part of the incident, the menswear assistant said “Fuck off, I’m not serving you” after establishing that the customer was with the EDL leader. The assistant was suspended; Selfridges apologised to Robinson and his friend by treating them to a slap-up meal at Hix.
The incident is sparking a clamour on Twitter and elsewhere. The vast majority of people decry the shop’s actions and support the suspended employee for making a stand against an associate of the EDL, an organisation whose members often indulge in racist behaviour. A small number of tweeters believe Selfridges was in the right to take action, and that its staff should not make judgment calls about beliefs or politics. Follow hashtag #Selfridges to get the latest.