Safeway Apologizes 4-year-old Banned For Life
November 28, 2011 by staff
Yes, the grocery chain that brought us the pregnant-mom-shoplifter-brouhaha in October is now apologizing for an incident in a Washington State store where a guard banned for life a derelict who opened a bag of dried apricots, took out a few to eat and returned said bag to the shelf.
The criminal: A 4-year-old girl.
Here’s the account from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
“Savannah’s dad didn’t notice his daughter’s sticky fingers, but a store security guard did.
The guard stopped the pair as they left the store and led them back to a break room.
“He proceeded to tell them ‘Your daughter stole and she’s banned from the store, and we’re pressing charges. And she needs to sign this form saying she understands she can’t come into any Safeways,’” Alissa Jones [Savannah’s mother] said.
Savannah can’t read or write, but the guard, who Safeway hires under contract, had her scribble on the paper just the same.”
The Post posted an Associated Press story on Thanksgiving that said Safeway corporate officials have apologized and since fired the guard: “Our policies on shoplifting are intended to protect our customers, but built on common sense. And everyone understands what common sense is,” said company spokesperson Cherie Myers.
Well, not exactly. “Common sense” means different things to different people.
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