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A dad-of-two has been left fuming after he was stopped from buying a tiramisu after 8pm due to coronavirus rules, because it contains booze.
Gavin Ferris from Belfast attempted to purchase the dessert at a Lidl store on Wednesday, when he was told he couldn't.
The dad went to the store to pick up some bits for his family and decided to get the treat.
However, when he got to the till, he was told it could not be sold to him because it was after 8pm and it contained alcohol.
The current coronavirus restrictions in Northern Ireland ban supermarkets from selling alcohol after 8pm, reports Belfast Live.
Speaking to Belfast Live, the dad-of-two said it was a "very weird" situation and he was left perplexed when he was told why he couldn't buy his favourite treat.
"I was just getting the usual stuff and thought I would treat myself, I just had a hankering for one and threw it in," said Gavin, an instrumental guitar player who is part of the band String Ninjas.
"I didn't think anything of it, it is something so silly I would never have expected to be told I couldn't buy it.
"The woman at the till, her face kind of fell and she had to tell me she couldn't put it through. She said they can't sell liqueur chocolates either."
A traditional tiramisu is made with sweet Marsala wine, some use liquors such as Baileys, Tia Maria or Disaronno, and according to a 2018 study by vehicle leasing firm All Car Leasing, eating two family sized tiramisus could put you over the drink driving limit.
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"I just said what's next, stopping people buying stew that has red wine? I doubt you'll get people running in to get their red wine stew and tiramisu for a party," he said.
"It was just so strange.
"Apparently their tills are set up that at 8pm, whatever way it works, it automatically changes over and you cannot buy [those items]," added Gavin, whose band String Ninjas has started a podcast of the same name on Patreon while live gigging is banned under the current restrictions.
On October 16, Stormont brought in new restrictions across Northern Ireland as part of a circuit breaker to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The restrictions also included banning supermarkets from selling alcohol after 8pm.
It is not clear when the restriction on supermarkets selling alcohol will be lifted.
In a statement, Lidl said: "At Lidl Northern Ireland, the health and safety of our customers and communities is of the utmost importance to us and we continue to follow the advice of the Northern Ireland Executive in this regard.
"We are aware of an issue in which a customer was unable to purchase a dessert product containing alcohol in one of our Belfast stores on 18/11/2020 after 8pm. We are currently looking into this and would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
"During these unprecedented times, Lidl Northern Ireland is working hard to continually adapt our processes in line with changing public health guidelines and we thank our customers for their continued patience and understanding."
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