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Teen gets a lifetime ban from convenience store

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 13, 2013

10/05/13 Banned for life from Tesco Express
Joshua Redfern, who has been banned for life from the Tesco Express store in Church Gresley.

10/05/13 Banned for life from Tesco Express Joshua Redfern, who has been banned for life from the Tesco Express store in Church Gresley.

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A TEENAGER has been banned for life from his local convenience store.

Joshua Redfern, 18, has been told he must never return to the Tesco Express store in Common Road, Church Gresley, following an altercation with two employees last week.

Unemployed Mr Redfern, of nearby Hall Street, told the Mail he ‘could not understand’ why he had been barred.

But a spokesman for the supermarket chain said the company did ‘not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour’ towards staff and insisted decisions to bar customers were ‘not taken lightly’.

Father-of-one Mr Redfern claimed: “I have never stolen anything from that shop. I don’t have a criminal record and I have never been abusive to anyone.

“I was in the shop and a woman who worked there approached me. She thought I had stolen something but I hadn’t. Later I spoke to the manager and she said ‘we don’t trust you and we are banning you for that reason’.

“I am a loyal customer. I go in there every day to buy something. Sometimes I go in twice a day.

“Tesco Express is my local shop. If I get banned from there then I have to go a long way to another shop.

“I’m not going to rob anything from my own local shop.”

A Tesco spokesman confirmed Mr Redfern had been banned from ever coming back to the store, which is open between 6am and 10pm every day.

The spokesman said: “We do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour towards our colleagues.

“Decisions to ban customers are not taken lightly and store managers use their discretion when making these decisions.”

The Mail previously reported how Caitlin Bowley-Dillon, then 12, was banned from the Select & Save shop in Oxford Street, Church Gresley, because of alleged ‘disprespectful’ behaviour in the store. The schoolgirl’s family denied she had done anything wrong.

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