A woman has been left devastated after finding a homophobic note left in her locker at work in Wilko.
The company has launched a probe after the offensive note was discovered, which left the worker in tears.
Pamela Clinton, 35, was disgusted after reading it and felt she had no option but to resign from the workplace.
She worked at a store in Nottingham as a customer assistant, when the incident took place, reports Nottinghamshire Live.
The alleged note read: "**** ***** LEAVE. NO ONE LIKES YOU!"
"I was absolutely mortified. I'd like to think I'm a confident individual but when it comes to my sexuality I am quite – not nervous – but it's something I am quite conscious about," said Miss Clinton
"Stereotypically I do not look like your average lesbian to the common person, I am quite feminine.
"In terms of finding a note I was absolutely disgusted, I went into the bathroom and, to be honest, just sobbed.
"In terms of how it got in there, on the front of the locker there are about 12 holes on the right hand side of each locker door which are the size of a five pence piece. When the note fell out, it fell out as if it was rolled up."
She said she made the discovery on Tuesday, September 8, and reported it to her supervisor, who said he was going to make a manager aware.
Ms Clinton, who lives in Arnold, said she was told by her manager there was to be an "in-house investigation".
A spokeswoman for Wilko said discrimination of any kind wasn't accepted – and that the company had been "looking into the situation very seriously".
"I had to give a written statement, which was noted by another member of staff, another supervisor, explaining my version of events – what had happened and how I felt," said Miss Clinton.
"During the shift all the other colleagues were called to my manager's office to ask about what they knew about what had happened.
"Towards the end of the shift my manager had informed me they do not know who it is and that was pretty much case closed."
Miss Clinton claimed the incident had been "swept… under the carpet", adding: "I felt that I've had no alternative option other than to resign from my post."
A spokeswoman for Wilko said: "We welcome everyone at Wilko and want our customers and team members to feel comfortable being themselves whether they’re working or shopping with us. We think of ourselves as one family with strong values, one of which is respect.
"So, discrimination of any kind isn’t accepted.
"However, sometimes even families can let each other down and if this happens we really want to put it right.
"We’re sorry our team member felt they had to resign and we’ve already been looking into the situation very seriously.
"As a highly valued team member, we’ve also asked them to have another think about their resignation."
Miss Clinton confirmed she hadn't reported the incident to the police. She has also secured a new job.
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