Dustin Lance Black Wrongly Accused Of Shoplifting At Gold Coast Supermarket


Tom Daley’s husband Dustin Lance Black has hit out at a Gold Coast supermarket he says wrongly accused him of shoplifting.

The Oscar-winning screenwriter is in Australia to support his partner at the Commonwealth Games, and on Wednesday complained on Twitter that he’d been accused of stealing.

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“OMG! Was just stopped and accused of shoplifting [at] @woolworths in the Gold Coast!” he wrote.

“Then out of countless folks with bags a search was demanded of mine. Thanks for the warm welcome to Australia Woolworths! Respect customers’ privacy much? Shame.”

He accompanied the tweet with a picture of a Woolworths supermarket with a large red ‘no’ sign overlaid.

He added, “No apology at all. Just an accusatory zombie-like look in their eyes. So I just got a refund for the drink I’d just PURCHASED and went elsewhere. So silly. Tourists be warned!

“I didn’t know if I should shout or laugh. Was sure I was on candid camera. Warning all tourists! Steer clear of this very strange place.”

After being asked if he was having a good time in Australia, Black said he was but his experience was “very aggressive and strange”.

“Not a way to treat anyone, particularly in a time when you’d think AUSTRALIA would like to show its best to [the] world,” he wrote.

A Woolworths spokesperson told the Daily Mail, “Like many retailers, our teams will ask to check customer bags from time to time.

“We always aim to do this in a respectful way.”

Locals also explained that Black’s experience was a common one.

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“Shoplifting is a big problem on the GC, if you enter a supermarket with a bag … then it’s normal for security to ask to see inside when you leave the shop. It’s nothing personal,” one Australian follower wrote.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Tom Daley announced this week his hopes for a third-successive gold medal in the individual 10m platform dive had been dashed because of a hip injury.

He will still compete in the synchronised 10m platform on Friday, where the dives are considered “less dangerous,” the BBC reported.

In February, the couple announced they were expecting their first child with the help of a surrogate mother later this year.