Oh gnome he didn’t!
Four police officers were called to the scene after a supermarket shopper began shouting at staffers that he was “offended” by a display of gay garden gnomes, Plymouth Live reports.
The incident occurred last weekend at an Asda store in Plymouth, a port city in Devon, England.
An eyewitness claims that the verbally abusive man was “causing a disturbance over a gnome [in] sort of gay pride flag colours, which I’m all for. The guy started saying random things like it’s a gnome, it’s offended him as they don’t have a sexuality. I’m assuming the guy was offended as they look like they have a gender, that’s the bit I caught of the situation.”
Asda, which sells a range of Pride-themed products, introduced its rainbow gnomes in 2017 in support of LGBTQ Pride celebrations across the country.
An Asda spokesperson confirms that a staff member called police to remove a shopper who had become “highly aggressive,” adding, “We don’t accept threatening or abusive behaviour towards colleagues or customers.”