Mercury featuring Tesco suicide poster not available in Haverfordwest store
12:47pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
Readers of the Milford Mercury have been disappointed to find their favourite newspaper missing from the shelves at Tesco Haverfordwest following a front-page article about the store.
Customers wanting to buy a copy of the paper have been told by staff that the store is awaiting a delivery of the title - but this has been disputed by the Mercury’s distribution department and the firm that delivers the paper.
A spokesman for Menzies Distribution said the paper was delivered to the store as usual at 6.54am on Thursday morning (October 24).
A Tesco spokesman said: "The paper was stocked in the morning and copies were available for sale. Stock wasn’t replenished as quickly as it should have been but we are making sure that this is fixed."
However an employee at the store has told the Mercury that staff were told by the branch's management to remove the paper from sale.
The article in question featured an apology from Tesco after an employee claimed a ‘motivational’ poster in the store’s staff room had caused them distress.
The poster, which showed a man with a gun to his head, was criticised by mental health charity Mind Cymru for showing a “lack of mental health awareness”.
“Suicide is a very serious issue, which affects hundred across Wales each year. We’d certainly urge Tesco to reconsider using imagery of this kind and think about the effect it can have on staff,” said Ruth Coombs, manager for influence and change with Mind Cymru.
A spokesman for Tesco said the poster was ‘clearly an error of judgement, in one store’.
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