Parents try to use free school meal vouchers to buy fags and booze at Asda and abuse workers who refuse


PARENTS are trying to use their child's free school vouchers to buy booze and cigarettes, staff at an Asda have claimed.

One supermarket worker in Hull said parents have abused staff when they explain they can't us the vouchers to buy non-grocery items.

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The added that only some – but not all – of the vouchers specify that they should not be used to buy alcohol, cigarettes or lottery tickets.

The worker, who did not want to be named, told Hull Daily Mail: "One guy came up with three cases of Carling, which were on offer for £21, no food or anything, and I refused the voucher.

"He said to me, 'I spend enough on them t**ting kids as it is'.

"I just looked at him. I couldn't believe he had said that to me, he was just so appalled that he couldn't spend the voucher on the booze.

"People are just idiots. They're selfish and greedy. It's a big issue."

The worker added it's become such a big issue that "three or four customers per day" are trying to use them to buy things that aren't groceries such as cigarettes and Lego toys.

She said that not all of the vouchers say if certain items are prohibited, and when they do then they can police it – otherwise people "take advantage".

The vouchers can also be used at at M&S, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Aldi, Morrisons, Waitrose and McColl's.

They were introduced to subsidise the food children normally would receive if the schools were open.

The Department for Education has been working with international firm Edenred to distribute the supermarket vouchers that are worth £15 a week.

The food voucher scheme came into place after schools shut across the UK on March 20.

The earliest schools will reopen is June, but some vulnerable children and some whose parents are key workers have still been going.

The Sun Online contacted the Department of Education for a comment.

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