An 80-year-old grandfather from England has been banned for life from entering any Sainsbury grocery store after he accidentally hit a female shopper with his motorized scooter.
Albert Carter accidentally drove his mobility scooter into a woman on Mar. 7 while he was purchasing cigarettes at a Sainsbury chain in Newcastle-under-Lyme. He says he doesn't know what happened and that this was the first accident he had been involved in with his scooter. The paramedics were reportedly called after he hit the woman and she was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries as a precaution. Carter also struck a customer service desk because he says he panicked after hitting the shopper, reports the Daily Mail.
Less than one week later, Carter says he received a letter from the supermarket that stated they were permanently withdrawing the "invitation" to visit another Sainsbury because of the March incident.
The letter states: "Should you enter any of our premises, you will be treated as a trespasser and the police will be called as necessary."
Carter says he feels he is being treated like a shoplifter and that he doesn't understand why he is being banned for life.
"I understand that they might be concerned about me coming into the shop after what happened but I have never had an accident on it before so why would they ban me forever?" Carter asked, according to the Daily Mail. "It was my fault. I take the blame completely. After I paid at the front kiosk I turned to leave and then don't know how it happened. I didn't do it on purpose but it was that quick I'm not sure how I hit the women. I was really upset that I hurt someone."
Carter also said that he was treated nicely by staff and was shocked when he received the letter. He added that he wants to apologize to the woman and that, even if Sainsbury revokes their ban, he isn't sure he would ever shop there again.
A spokesman for Sainsbury reportedly said: "Our teams in store have a duty to consider the safety of all of our customers and this decision was reached after reviewing CCTV footage and other reports. We will, of course, be happy to discuss this further with Mr Carter and his family, to ensure that we maintain a safe shopping environment for everyone."
Source: Daily Mail/Photo Credit: News Team/SWNS, WikiCommons