A dad was left fuming after he was told he wasn’t allowed to buy a tiramisu after 8pm due to Covid-19 lockdown rules, as the pud contains booze.
Gavin Ferris of Belfast had dropped into his local Lidl to do a shop and decided to treat himself.
The father-of-two, 33, loaded his items onto the conveyor belt only to be told he wasn’t allowed to purchase the dessert as it was after 8pm.
All supermarkets in Northern Ireland are banned from selling alcohol after 8pm
Mr Ferris described the situation as “very weird” and that when he put it in his basket he “never expected” to be told no.
He told Belfast Live : “I was just getting the usual stuff and thought I would treat myself.
“I didn’t think anything of it, it is something so silly I would never have expected to be told I couldn’t buy it.
“The woman at the till, her face kind of fell and she had to tell me she couldn’t put it through. She said they can’t sell liqueur chocolates either.”
A tiramisu can contain alcohol such as Marsala wine and liquors like Baileys, Tia Maria or Disaronno.
According to a study carried out by All Car Leasing in 2018 found that if one person were to eat two family sized tiramisus it could put you over the drink driving limit.
“I just said what’s next, stopping people buying stew that has red wine? I doubt you’ll get people running in to get their red wine stew and tiramisu for a party,” he said.
“It was just so strange.
“Apparently their tills are set up that at 8pm, whatever way it works, it automatically changes over and you cannot buy [those items].”
Some of the restrictions in Northern Ireland are to be lifted on Friday, November 20, including opening up cafes and coffee shops and allowing close contact services to operate by appointment only.
It is not clear when the restriction on supermarkets selling alcohol will be lifted.
In a statement, Lidl said: “At Lidl Northern Ireland, the health and safety of our customers and communities is of the utmost importance to us and we continue to follow the advice of the Northern Ireland Executive in this regard.
“We are aware of an issue in which a customer was unable to purchase a dessert product containing alcohol in one of our Belfast stores on 18/11/2020 after 8pm. We are currently looking into this and would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
“During these unprecedented times, Lidl Northern Ireland is working hard to continually adapt our processes in line with changing public health guidelines and we thank our customers for their continued patience and understanding.”