Asda is banning sales of Kiwi fruits to under-25s – after former One Direction star Harry Styles was pelted with fruit as he performed the song ‘Kiwi’ at the at Hammersmith Apollo, London.
Asda will be demanding proof of ID at its Hulme Superstore, Manchester, tonight ahead of another appearance at the nearby O2 Apollo Manchester.
A spokesperson, said: “We know our customers love Harry Styles and we feel it’s our duty to protect a fellow Mancunian from any ‘bad kiwis’ amongst us.
"We’d hate to see a repeat of the mishap, so to avoid any slippery situations, we feel this is a necessary measure.”
Styles lost his footing on stage when he slipped on a kiwi and grabbed his microphone stand for support.
Asda has issued a briefing to the stores this morning to ensure colleagues are aware of the sensitive situation.
They have been instructed to request identification from any kiwi wielding customers they suspect may be under the age of 25.
Harry Styles is currently on an 86-date world tour which continues into 2018.
It is not the first time a fruit ban has been imposed at gigs – in August this year, music fans were banned from bringing pineapples to Reading and Leeds festival amid fears that fans of indie band Glass Animals would throw the fruit onstage in a nod to song Pork Soda which includes the lyrics “pineapples are in my head”.