Tesco has been accused of discriminating against state school children by making them queue outside a store while private school pupils can come and go as they please.
Parents hit out at the supermarket giant amid claims students from Boroughmuir High School in Edinburgh were made to wait behind a barrier by staff at one branch in the Scottish capital.
It was claimed the pupils could only enter in small groups while students from the nearby private school, George Watson’s College, were not stopped at all.
The issue was raised by one state school parent who argued the apparent policy was a “form of discrimination”.
Tesco has denied the claims.
Neil Pollock, a professor of innovation and social informatics at Edinburgh University, told the Guardian: “Everybody should queue or nobody should queue.
“My son is at Boroughmuir. He has to stand in the queue each day. He’s not one to complain but it was getting him …