Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black was reportedly singled out and accused of shoplifting at a Gold Coast supermarket yesterday.
Black is currently in Australia with diver husband Tom Daley for the Commonwealth Games.
“OMG! Was just stopped and accused of shoplifting at Woolworths in the Gold Coast!” he tweeted.
“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.”
The tweet has sparked debate about supermarket bag check policies.
“It’s a condition of entry that you can be searched at any time. We get searched all the time. It’s two seconds out of your day,” tweeted one Australian.
A fan overseas posted that she would “try to avoid” Woolworths on an upcoming trip to Australia, calling the incident a “PR disaster”.
“You probably just stole their hearts,” quipped another tweeter.
Meanwhile at the Commonwealth Games, Daley has been forced to withdraw from the individual 10m dive event due to a hip injury, BBC Sport has reported.
He is still expected to compete in tomorrow’s 10m synchronised platform competition, which involves less “dangerous and impactful” dives.
Daley said he is “truly devastated” to have to drop out of the individual event.
“I have been training so hard for the Commonwealth Games, so this is a real disappointment for me,” he said.
“The hardest thing for any athlete is coping with an injury, especially when it means they can’t compete in what they have been working towards.”
Daley and Black, who are based in the UK, announced on Valentine’s Day that they are expecting their first baby this year.
OMG! Was just stopped & accused of shoplifting @woolworths in the Gold Coast! 😂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. pic.twitter.com/uttZmqQkrL
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) April 11, 2018
Yes, not only was it wrong but also stupid and a PR disaster. Hope to be visiting Oz in a couple of years, will try to avoid Woolworths though.
— Chris Rickard (@chrisrickard4) April 11, 2018
Welcome to the real world! This is not an unusual experience for the average person. @woolworths
— Rob (@dreamatrobs) April 11, 2018
This is why I’m a Coles person mate. Woolworths reckon they’re the fresh food people but really they’re fresh outta fucks to give
— emily (@emilyjneville) April 11, 2018
It's a condition of entry that you can be searched at any time. We get searched all the time. It's two seconds out of your day.
— Jayden Forster (@CelebrityLane1) April 11, 2018
You probably just stole their hearts 😏😍😂
— Sam (@SamLW24) April 11, 2018