Shoppers were "rammed with trolleys" in a massive row over wearing facemasks at an Aldi store.

Shocked witnesses said it kicked off when a maskless woman reached across an older man to get some food.

The woman was with her grandson and wearing an exemption card at the Stoke-on-Trent supermarket on Saturday.

One witness told StokeonTrentlLive: "Absolutely disgusting behaviour today in Aldi, where a young lad bashed his trolley into an older gentleman.

"The man had asked a woman with the lad to keep her distance as she was not wearing a mask and leaning over the gentleman to reach for food.

"I asked the gentleman if he was OK. He said that he 'doesn’t want to be breathed on when he has been working hard through the lockdown'. People like this should be asked to leave."

Shocked witnesses said it kicked off when a maskless woman reached across an older man to get some food

However, another shopper gave a different account of what happened.

She said: "The lady involved was wearing her exemption card round her neck. It was the old fella that shoved his trolley into a young man helping his nan."

And a second said: "The disabled lady without a mask was behind the man. He drove the trolley into the young man's leg. "Admittedly the young man was very angry and needed to calm down but the old gentleman then did it to others.

"They complained to the Aldi assistant who had a word with him."

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Other shoppers shared their supermarket confrontations during the pandemic.

One woman said: "This happened to me in Morrison’s a few weeks back.

"The woman lent over me so touching my shoulders and head. I turned and said 'please, two metres'. She just pushed me out of the way. Then, a man started on me with terrible swearing. He was with the woman. I was frightened."

And a second added: "Someone lent over me in Sainsbury’s the other week.

"I called her a d***head and I was the one who got told off by security."

Daily Star has approached Aldi for a comment.