The administration of Ashgabat store ?20 (which belongs to Bagtyyarlyk etrap of Ashgabat), subordinate to Turkmenistan's Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations, reported the refusal to sell sugar to the disabled and children.
According to correspondents of Chronicles of Turkmenistan, the store manager said that as of today the rated quotas of sugar will not be sold to people with disabilities and schoolaged children. Before, each inhabitant of the adjacent apartment block was allowed to purchase a kilo of sugar at the state price.
The outraged customers demanded explanations and documents confirming the actions undertaken by the store staff. The store manager said that the dissatisfied customers could contact the Minister of Trade directly or the city khyakim (mayor).
When the situation became tense, the shop assistants closed the store. The sale of sugar was launched at 9 a.m. but the store was already closed at 9.30 a.m. There were some people left at the entrance to the supermarket, including a female who holds disability group 3 with three kids who failed to get any sugar.
It is most likely that there is a deficit of sugar and the shop owners are trying to reduce the number of customers in such a way, the customers, who came to buy groceries, assumed.
Let us recall that Radio Azatlyk reported about the shortage of sugar and huge queues which formed in front of retail outlets.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan