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Chip shop makes ketchup free after racism claims

Tony Winters was not impressed by the previous sauce policy. Picture: Joey Kelly

Tony Winters was not impressed by the previous sauce policy. Picture: Joey Kelly

A CHIP shop owner at the centre of “saucegate” will now offer his customers free tomato ketchup – but only the “cheap stuff”.

Paul Crolla, of the Gold Sea on Ferry Road, found himself accused of “racial discrimination” by Glasgow-born Tony Winters after charging him 25p for a small sachet of Heinz tomato sauce while offering Capital punters salt and sauce for free.

Mr Winters, who has lived in Edinburgh for 18 years, complained: “Every chip shop I know gives ketchup free of charge. A condiment is a 
condiment.”

Our story yesterday prompted a hot debate online and on social media, but Mr Crolla defended his decision.

He said: “The reason I didn’t offer tomato ketchup for free to my customers is that anyone who walks in and asks for it obviously likes the taste.

“If you give them cheap stuff then they complain so you offer them Heinz at a cost of 25p. Most of the other chip shops in Edinburgh just stock the cheap stuff.

“I’ve now got bottles everywhere and I’ll be giving my customers the choice – cheap stuff for free or 25p for Heinz.”

He added: “I don’t know how the guy can cry racism because I ask for 25p for Heinz off all my customers, not just those from Glasgow.”

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