Greggs shop employee ‘compared Welsh to Tourette’s’

Greggs in Lampeter

A Greggs shop has been asked to respond after a customer accused a staff member of comparing the Welsh language to Tourette syndrome.

Sioned Howell, 18, claims that after attempting to place an order in Welsh the staff member responded by saying: “That was Welsh? Sounded more like you had tourettes to me.”

The Greggs shop in Lampeter refused the opportunity to respond to a request for comment by Golwg360, but the shop’s manager said that she would speak to every member of staff about the issue.

Two months earlier, a Welsh-speaking mother, Elin Jones, was told to stop speaking “foreign muck” to her one-year-old daughter in the same town.

Lampeter is in Ceredigion, where 47.35% of the population speak Welsh. 36.5% of the town’s population speak Welsh, and 57.8% in the surrounding area.

Tourette’s is a disorder sometimes characterised by vocal tics, but is often portrayed in popular culture as involuntary swearing.

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