A CHILD vomited and shoppers were forced to ditch their trolleys after a Tesco stank “like sewage”. Groceries were dumped mid-shop as the disgustin
A CHILD vomited and shoppers were forced to ditch their trolleys after a Tesco stank “like sewage”.
Groceries were dumped mid-shop as the disgusting smell wafted down the aisles at the supermarket in Baguley, Manchester.
Environmental health bosses launched a probe to track down the odour – plaguing shoppers for a month – and found stagnant water under its floor was to blame.
Tesco has issued an apology – but customers have vowed to take their business elsewhere.
One man told the Manchester Evening News: “The smell is unbearable. It’s like nothing I have ever smelt. My child was sick with how bad it is.
“We will not shop there until at least a few months after the smell has gone food will surely be affected by it.”
Another customer added: “It smells like sewage. It is horrible, I felt like my nostril hair was disintegrating. It hits you as soon as you walk through the entrance.
It smells like sewage. It is horrible, I felt like my nostril hair was disintegrating.
“Normally supermarkets pump the smell of the bakery to the front of the shop, but this is like they’re pumping the smell of the toilets.”
Tesco said in both a statement, and a sign in the store: “We are currently experiencing problems with the pipes underneath the store which is causing the smell in the store.
“We apologise for this and we’re working to get it fixed as soon as possible.
“There is no risk of harm to customers or our products and we’re doing out best to stay open as normal.
“In the meantime, if there is anything our colleagues can do to help you please just ask.
“We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused.”
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A Manchester City Council spokesperson said: “We can confirm our Environmental Health team have been contacted in regard to reports of a foul smell coming from a Tesco store in Baguley.
“Following an investigation the source of the smell has been traced to stagnant water which has accumulated underneath the floor. We should stress this water is not sewerage or foul water.
“We have been in regular contact with Tesco who have confirmed they have arranged for work to be undertaken this week to flush out the stagnant water, and seal any pipes where it may have originated from.”
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