Tesco has issued a warning to customers over a worrying trend outside one of its stores.
In Scotland, a branch on Cramond Road, in Edinburgh, has been plagued by “beggars” outside the branch.
But the outlet has warned people that these people are actually driving BMW cars.
Customers have reported ‘spending a generous amount of their own money’ to people ‘who are not in fact homeless’.
Tesco is Britain’s biggest grocer and its rivals include the likes of Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.
On social media, the Edinburgh branch, situated north of the border, warned its loyal customers and shoppers over the alarming trend.
It warned: “On behalf of Davidson’s mains store we would like to bring to light a matter many of our staff members and customers are aware of regarding the beggars outside the entrance to our store.
“As a company Davidson’s mains pride ourselves on our charitable work and attempts to help those in need by helping and supporting our local charities to ensure those in need receive the support and resources beneficial to them.
“However, we care deeply about our customers and it has come to our attention our customers are spending a generous amount of their own money either giving to or buying food for the beggars who regularly sit outside the entrance.
“These beggars act in groups of organised gangs which can be regularly seen being picked up and dropped off in 4×4 black BMW’s by all colleagues and customers at the time. They rotate around in working shifts and have start and finish times as well as breaks.
“We have no power to move on these individuals and we contact the police daily to address the issue.
“This post is not to dictate or tell our customers what they can or cannot do when dealing with these beggars outside the store but simply to allow you to interpret the situation for yourselves. We are a community with an abundance of local charities that would benefit from all proceeds and would like to emphasise these concerns we have picked up on regarding the beggars.”