"Sex, drugs and sausage rolls t-shirts" at Doncaster Cooplands branch slammed as "offensive"

Embattled Doncaster bakery firm Cooplands has been slammed - after staff were spotted wearing "offensive" t-shirts sporting the slogan "sex, drugs and sausage rolls" at a town branch.

Friday, 13th May 2016, 12:25 pm
Updated Friday, 13th May 2016, 12:26 pm
The Cooplands branch in Baxtergate where the t-shirts were spotted.

A stunned customer snapped a pic of a staff member wearing one of the green t-shirts yesterday and says that he and other customers were offended by the uniforms.

The customer, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: "The use of the words sex and drugs in a public area of a food outlet is, in my eyes, inappropriate and could be offensive to shoppers across the age spectrum.

"All the staff were wearing them and two elderly ladies and a family left after a child noticed it.

"Another couple found it amusing as they were laughing."

The photo was taken yesterday in the firm's branch in Baxtergate in Doncaster town centre - although it is not clear if staff at all branches are wearing the t-shirts. Images of the t-shirt have also been shared on social media.

The slogan is a play on the famed phrase "Sex and Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll," with the saying gaining widespread media attention in 1977 when punk singer Ian Dury released a song under the title.

It is the latest in a long line of difficulties and embarrassments for the Doncaster bakery firm which went into administration last year with the loss of more than 300 jobs.

The company also had to close 39 retail stores, together with the bakery and head office in Milethorn Lane, Doncaster.

However, 41 retail stores stayed open following a buyout by restructuring firm ReSolve.

Last month, according to reports, staff at a branch in Lincoln walked out after complaining they had not been paid for several weeks.

The Doncaster bakery firm was founded in 1932 and has become a firm favourite for its range of baked good - including sausage rolls.

We have contacted Cooplands for a response to the t-shirts.

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