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article imageTesco stops man from carrying daughter on shoulders in store

By Chris Dade     Feb 8, 2010 in Lifestyle
Cambridge - One of the world's largest retailers, U.K.-based Tesco, has told a man he cannot shop while carrying his daughter on his shoulders.
Tesco was recently in the news for telling customers at one of its stores in Wales that they cannot shop while in their night clothes, and then banned a man from Central England from shopping in his bare feet. The retail giant Tesco has now told a man from Eastern England that he cannot enter his local store while carrying his 6-year-old daughter on his shoulders.
Martin Dunkley, a taxi driver in his forties from Cambridge, England, recently took his daughter Natalie to shop at the Tesco store in Bar Hill, a village just a few miles north of the university city.
But when Mr Dunkley arrived at the store, he and his daughter were in for an unpleasant surprise.
He told the Cambridge News what happened:I had just picked up Natalie from her school in Teversham and asked her what shop she wanted to go to get some food. She said let’s go to Tesco in Bar Hill because she likes the escalators there. When we got there I put Natalie on my shoulders – as we often do. We call it Nat-nav because she directs me around the shop telling me to go left or right or straight ahead.
We had just got in the door when a security guard came up to me and said ‘Can you take her off your shoulders please – you’re not shopping with her on your shoulders’. He said it was for safety reasons. I said, ‘Ok, I’ll just shop elsewhere’ and he said ‘You do that, goodbye’.
I couldn’t believe it. It’s ridiculous. I think she was actually safer on my shoulders rather than running the risk of being hit by a trolley or whatever
Mr Dunkley noted too that "'This sort of pettiness gives health and safety a bad name" and "Now when we go shopping Natalie doesn't want to go into Tesco". He apparently decided he will not be shopping at Tesco again, despite a spokeswoman suggesting that he meet with the manager at the Bar Hill store to discuss the incident.
The spokeswoman added:We take the safety of our staff and customers very seriously. Each store can make these decisions on an individual basis. We have no blanket policy on this issue
Furthermore it is not just its treatment of its customers that is creating the wrong type of publicity for Tesco.
According to the Daily Mail, staff at a Tesco store in South London are now being monitored to ensure they do not spend too much time in the toilet/bathroom.
Although not confirming that the comment is from a member of staff at the store in question in South London In2town quotes a Tesco employee as saying:We now have to run to the toilet and get out as quickly as we can otherwise we are asked to go upstairs in front of our Line Manager to explain why we were in the toilet for so long. Working for Tesco was a pleasure but now all the staff feel they are being treated worse than slaves
The employees have reported the monitoring of their visits to the toilet to their union.
This incident occurred at one of nearly 2,400 stores Tesco has in the U.K. - the company has opened up stores in places such as China, Japan and the U.S. (trading as Fresh and Easy) in recent years.
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