A MUM has been banned from every Asda store in the UK after she claims a self-scanner missed £16 worth of shopping.
Beth Robinson says she was stopped outside her local Scunthorpe store after she hadn’t paid for a number of items.
The mum-of-five claims she was treated like a “common criminal” after using the scan-as-you-go device to make sure she stuck to a strict budget.
The 31-year-old says she had scanned every item to not go over £45 but claims she didn’t realise some items hadn’t been logged.
She told Grimsby Live: “A security guard approached me outside the shop just after I had finished and said I needed to come back inside because there was discrepancies with the shopping.
“They rescanned all of my shopping and found it had missed £16 of items off. One of them was an £8 tub of baby formula for my seven-month-old son, who was with me at the time. The others were very cheap Savers items like 70p ham and crisps for my children.
“Why would I steal from there? I do three shops there a week, spending about £100 to £150 each week. I’ve spent so much money there over the years – why would I start stealing 70p items?”
The mum claims she told staff to watch the CCTV to see her scanning all the items, but says no one did.
Beth was asked to sign an exclusion order, banning her from all Asda stores for a year.
She and her partner have since called the store to complain about the ban, with husband Dale becoming angry in the calls.
A spokesperson for Asda said: “We always want to provide a welcoming environment for our customers and asking someone not to visit our stores is always an absolute last resort.
“Whilst the customer did understand why we had to make this difficult decision and we’re more than happy to discuss the situation with her further, we’d like to remind the customer and her partner that we cannot tolerate shoplifting or any form of abusive or threatening behaviour towards our colleagues.”
Earlier this month we told how Asda and Sainsbury’s have hiked hundreds of own-label food prices, with the cost of cereal, biscuits and fish fingers all rising.
Popular items hit by the hikes include biscuits, cakes, soft drinks, cereal, bacon, sausages and ready meals.
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Mum banned from EVERY Asda store in UK after ‘self-scan till missed £16 of shopping’ – The Sun