After almost three months of being closed due to lockdown, Primark opened all 153 of its stores across the UK yesterday.
And because the fast fashion retailer doesn't actually have an online equivalent, the reopenings drew huge crowds country-wide.
It’s the first time non-essential businesses like Primark have been allowed to open their doors since lockdown, but many criticised the shoppers lining up for being “irresponsible” given the fact that we're still dealing with a global pandemic.
sorry but what could you possibly need so much that you would queue up to get into primark during a pandemic? people are actually sad 🤣
Why we don’t stand a chance: 1. People are willing to camp out to queue for #Primark 2. Our government have decided… https://t.co/4FnIFexsuf
— A$AP AYL$HAM is Lobster Johnson (@A$AP AYL$HAM is Lobster Johnson)
Or even this:
But others were quick to point out the double standard and the “privilege” in calling out people for shopping in physical stores during a global pandemic.
Although some admitted the working conditions and sustainable practices at Primark were less than perfect, low-income households often rely on the cheaper products to provide clothes, homewares and supplies for their families.
The outrage over people lining up to go into Primark comes down to privilege, many argued:
If you don’t know anyone who’s been waiting for four months to buy cheap clothes for themselves and their children… https://t.co/VwJ9svfVzX