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Hix at Selfridges distances itself from EDL spat

18 September 2013
Hix at Selfridges distances itself from EDL spat

Hix restaurant, Champagne and caviar bar at Selfridges, London has moved to distance itself from a controversy at the department store that saw the leader of the English Defence League and a friend receive a free meal there.

The situation arose after a shop assistant at Selfridges refused to serve the friend of EDL leader Tommy Robinson.

Robinson - a convicted criminal who leads anti-Islam protests - was with the friend as he tried to buy jeans at the Oxford Street store on Monday.

A sales assistant asked the shopper if he was a member of the EDL and then said: "F*** off, I am not serving you," according to Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.

Part of the exchange was filmed by Robinson, who put it online.

A manager at the Selfridges is understood to have apologised to Robinson and offered him and his friend a meal at its Hix restaurant, Champagne and caviar bar.

The assistant was subsequently suspended but has now been reinstated following an investigation.

Both Selfridges and Hix at Selfridges faced a backlash from members of the public on Twitter as news of the incident came to light in the Guardian newspaper.

The restaurant (@HIXSelfridges) tweeted: "If you have read the @guardian article regarding #EDL it is evident the meal was comped by Selfridges not HIX."

In a statement on Twitter today, Selfridges said: "Since 1909 we have welcomed everyone to our store and have endeavoured to provide a world-class service.

"We have completed our investigation with our long-term sales associate, and he will be back in the store shortly."

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