Boycott Marks & Spencer trends after supermarket admits it lets customers use either gendered changing room

One customer accused the supermarket chain of putting "the desires of men over the safety needs of women"

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Boycott Marks & Spencer was trending on Twitter after the supermarket chain admitted it lets customers use either the male or female changing rooms regardless of gender.

It comes after an M&S customer on Twitter asked the chain on Twitter about the changing rooms after being told by staff that the female changing room was “mostly used by men”.

The customer wrote: “Hello I am very concerned Marks & Spencer have no issue with my 10-year old daughter trying on school skirts in a changing room your staff confirmed to me was mostly used by men.

“This policy is not inclusive of Women and girls. Can you please comment? Thank you.”

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The statement released by Marks & Spencer
The statement released by Marks & Spencer

To which M&S replied with a statement which read: “In all of our stores, we have fitting rooms located within our womenswear and menswear departments and each is made up of individual lockable cubicles to ensure every customers feels comfortable and has the privacy they need.

“While they are mainly used by customers of that gender, as an inclusive retailer and in line with most other retailers we allow customers the choice of fitting room.”

The decision has been slammed by many people, with customers calling for others to boycott the supermarket.

One person wrote on Twitter: “It's high time that women voted with their feet, and with their money.

“Stuff their so-called 'inclusive' changing rooms Retail chains that don't value their female customers need to realise we will take our finances elsewhere.”

While another added: “M&S now operate mixed sex changing rooms, with no warning signage. Vote with your cash by shopping elsewhere.”

A third person went on to say: “So men get a choice if they want to change next to women, but women don't get a choice to change away from men.

“If I didn't already boycott Marks & Spencer I would definitely start.

“They put the desires of men over the safety needs of women."