UK’s top supermarket worker arrested over ‘racist’ Snapchat video about Pakistanis
LONDON: A worker of Sainsbury’s, one of the top supermarket chains in the UK, has been arrested following his video containing extreme racial rant against Pakistani customers went viral on the social media.
Joshua Dryden sent out the horrendous outburst, claiming that Asian customers, [giving particular reference of those with Pakistani descent], are always looking for bargains, the BBC reported.
Dryden was heard swearing in the Snapchat video, and moaning about customers wanting items “as cheap as possible”.
Derbyshire Police said a 20-year-old man has been arrested for racial offences under the Public Order Act.
Police said in a statement: “A man has been arrested following allegations that a video containing racist language was shared on social media.
“The force received complaints about the video and an investigation was launched.
Mr Dryden’s Sainsbury’s fleece can clearly be seen in the video, in which he recorded himself talking to the camera while walking.
In part of the video he impersonates a Pakistani accent while saying: “Is this going to go down [in price] later? Is it going to go down now?”
‘They live in our country, don’t talk our language, they’re rude and ignorant’
People complained to Sainsbury’s after the video was shared more widely on social media and demanded Mr Dryden be sacked.
A spokesman for the supermarket chain said: “We have been made aware of this video.
The video is believed to have been filmed in Derby.
“It is offensive and unacceptable, to say the very least, and we have taken appropriate action.”
Sainsbury’s has not said whether or not Mr Dryden has been suspended or dismissed.
It added: “We can’t comment on individual colleagues but we’re treating this matter very seriously.
The supermarket chain said it never discriminates between customers.