Tesco apologises over ‘anti-ginger’ Christmas card

A Christmas card has been withdrawn from two Tesco stores in York after complaints that it makes fun of children with red hair

They have to put up with endless jokes in the playground, but an ‘anti-ginger’ Christmas card on sale at supermarket giant Tesco was a step too far for beleaguered red-heads.

The card depicted a child with ginger hair sitting on Santa’s lap with the words, ‘Santa loves all kids. Even ginger ones’.

30-year-old Davinia Phillips, whose three young children are all blessed with auburn locks, couldn’t believe it when she spotted the card in her local branch of Tesco. She said she found the card offensive and made a complaint.

‘It’s discrimination, pure and simple,’ she says. ‘If it had been about a black child, or an overweight child, the store would be shut by now. Tesco should be aware of what’s going on their shelves.’

A (probably red-faced) Tesco spokesperson said, ‘We sell a large range of Christmas cards, some of which are intended to be humourous. It is never our intention to offend any customer and we are sorry if this card caused any upset’.

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