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Tesco subject mother to humiliating search

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bkgirl Wed 17-Aug-11 11:36:20

The poor lady, at the very least why can't a female carry out the search an do they have to scare the children with such heavy handed tactics? The apology and compensation is just pathetic. I think I will avoid the store completely.

bkgirl Wed 17-Aug-11 11:55:05

Here is the blog

sorry I cant link it

yuma Wed 17-Aug-11 13:55:27

If you willing enter a business you are consenting to their terms, which means you are consenting to being potentially searched. She should have stayed out of the store in the first place if she did not want to risk being searched, even in error.

BoysAreLikeDogs Wed 17-Aug-11 14:09:36


(if she's 29 then SO AM I [meow])

QueenOfFeckingEverything Wed 17-Aug-11 14:14:25

Well tbh she wasn't searched was she, her bag was. Though I appreciate its not nice having a strange man rummage through the contents of your handbag, and it sounds like it was done very insensitively as well.

But yuma that is bollocks. I would be livid if I was body searched for no good reason - entering a shop does not mean that I have 'consented' to that possibility.

SayItLoud Wed 17-Aug-11 14:14:40

It's hardly a big deal is it? They took her to a back room and looked in her handbag. Why were her children crying? Surely she can do what every other parent does every day and tell them everything's ok, nothing to worry about, don't cry dear. What should supermarkets do, just let potential shoplifters wander off? This must happen every day.

QueenOfFeckingEverything Wed 17-Aug-11 14:15:26

And I just have to say this - who on earth writes messages on Twitter from the shampoo aisle of the supermarket fgs??

SayItLoud Wed 17-Aug-11 14:15:58

Then writes a blog about something so mundane!

MadamDeathstare Wed 17-Aug-11 14:17:54

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MadamDeathstare Wed 17-Aug-11 14:20:58

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QueenOfFeckingEverything Wed 17-Aug-11 14:25:13

Actually reading her blog she sounds ghastly - "I have always avoided ASDA as I thought it was one step above ALDI" [whatever]

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Wed 17-Aug-11 14:26:12

Seems like a lot of fuss over nothing to me. Her bag was searched - is that really 'humiliating' - your title makes it sound like she was strip-searched in the fish finger aisle!

So she Twitters in the shampoo aisle and writes a boring blog about a pretty much non-story and the Telegraph writes a non-story about something that was already a non-story? And why on earth did Tesco have to write to reassure her daughter?

Can't help thinking of storms and teacups and mountains and molehills tbh.

frasersmummy Wed 17-Aug-11 14:26:31

why the hell was her mobile in her bra..... when she had a handbag..

maybe she hears it better there but I can imagine a mobile either ringing or vibrating in your bra is more embarrassing than someone thinking you had stolen shampoo when you hadnt!!!

MackerelOfFact Wed 17-Aug-11 14:29:27

I'm mostly amazed that she went to Tesco over Asda because she believed it was better quality! Tesco is right at the bottom, surely? I've always found their food bland and overpriced and the stores horrible. They only thing I ever buy from Tesco are their flowers.

Maryz Wed 17-Aug-11 14:30:56

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TeamDamon Wed 17-Aug-11 14:32:14

What a boring 'news' story; what a melodramatic woman - and what a tedious and badly written blog!

TeamDamon Wed 17-Aug-11 14:34:06

bkgirl - why can't a female carry out the search? Honestly? It wasn't a full body search - the bloke looked through her handbag, FFS! You are in for a hell of a shock if you ever go to a theme park or a museum where they routinely search bags at the entrance - if you request a female to do the search they're going to think you're utterly barking. hmm

NoMoreWasabi Wed 17-Aug-11 14:34:18

Upsetting maybe but I don't think having your handbag searched constitues "degrading".

TheOriginalFAB Wed 17-Aug-11 14:36:27

I hate Tesco but don't see theyu did anything wrong in this case.

BooyHoo Wed 17-Aug-11 14:40:08

non-story. i would say the most traumatic part for her was having to subject her sense of smell to the clearly less than acceptable smell of pantene.

evenlessnarkypuffin Wed 17-Aug-11 14:48:56

OK, Why would they assume that she had stolen a bottle of shampoo when she'd just spent 'over £200' on shopping???? I do tend to keep my phone in my bag rather than my underwear, but I often take it out to check messages (and replace it) and put the list into my bag when I've finished with the essentials but still have random crap nice stuff to get.

MakesCakesWhenStressed Wed 17-Aug-11 14:49:41

Is it awful of me that the thing I was most outraged about was the cutesy cutesy matchy matchy names of her children? Milli and Olli?

Excuse me now, I have to go and remove the judgey-pants wedgie I just gave myself...

SaulGood Wed 17-Aug-11 14:54:51

She had to sniff Pantene? Is this what the economic crisis has brought this poor woman to? It's bad enough that she can't get her Eau de Egyptian Cotton shampoo anymore, but having to go to a supermarket with the common folk and contemplate popular brands.

FGS, can we start some kind of collection for her? She must be in bits.

evenlessnarkypuffin Wed 17-Aug-11 14:55:51

She does sound like an arse though.

evenlessnarkypuffin Wed 17-Aug-11 14:56:52

I must be a pleb. I only sniff the handwash blush

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