A care worker was left upset after a security guard in Morrisons told her off for skipping the queue.
The carer, who asked to remain anonymous, arrived at the supermarket last week to pick up shopping for a vulnerable client.
She said that as she approached the store in Hillsborough Sheffield, wearing her carers tunic and ID badge, people in the queue outside allowed her to pass and enter the store first – reports Yorkshire Live.
But she added that, as she was leaving, she was approached by a security guard who told her she was "wrong" to skip the queue.
She said: "He said he’d seen me skip the queue and come inside and that I was wrong to do this as I don’t work for the NHS.
"I told him that I’m a key worker, collecting shopping for a vulnerable client and he said that he didn't care, I still should have queued."
She claims the queue outside the supermarket extended a long way past the store and that her client would have been paying for her to stand a long time queuing.
The security guard was also said to have commented on her wearing her uniform, saying that she shouldn't be wearing her tunic in public.
She said: "He asked why I was getting upset, because I was, and I could not believe that someone was challenging the importance of my job at this time."
Like many other carers, she says that the reason she chose this career was because she wanted to work in a job that makes a difference, but is used to people thinking she's "just a carer".
She continued: "After last Thursday night's 'clap for carers' I was feeling the love and this guy just tore all that away.
"I felt humiliated and shamed for being just a carer, not one of the brave NHS staff. I went to my car and was shaking, I cried."
She said that, although the experience left her "devastated", it hasn't made her question the importance of her work.
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But she's sad that, during these difficult times, carers are still not getting the recognition they deserve.
She said: "We gladly take on the mental, physical and emotional strain of caring for some of society's most vulnerable people; and people choose to ignore us because we’re not nurses."
Morrison's has been contacted for comment.