A terminally ill father has told how a Tesco security guard banned him from collecting life-saving drugs from a store – after falsely accusing him of being a shoplifter.
Former caregiver Kirk Bishop, 44, was diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer in November and now faces potentially exhausting radiation therapy if he’s well enough.
But the father of four said he was publicly humiliated after being arrested by a security guard at a Tesco store in Hednesford, Staffordshire, as he tried to collect the medical supplies needed for his illness.
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Kirk said: “He walked up to me and said, ‘You are banned from this store.’ I was stunned and couldn’t believe what he was saying. When I asked why the hell, he said I had been identified as a shoplifter by someone.
“It was totally ridiculous and I told them they got the wrong man. I’m not a shoplifter and I’m not ‘wanted’ by the police for anything.”
The loving father, who suffers from chronic pain and fatigue on a daily basis, had managed to muster enough strength to visit the hypermarket around 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 7 with his fiancee Elizabeth Larner.
University graduate Elizabeth, 44, said: ‘We couldn’t believe what was going on, it was so overwhelming.
“We shop in this Tesco almost every day and have never had a problem.
“We tried to explain to the warden that Kirk has terminal cancer, but he wouldn’t listen and kept saying Kirk should go.”
The couple demanded to see the manager, then asked for an immediate apology upon arrival, but said no.
Elizabeth said: “We left our groceries and went out telling them we would never be shopping there again. It was disgusting.
“Kirk is very sick and it’s the last thing we need in our life right now after all we’ve been through as a family over the past few weeks.
“It’s a supermarket that a lot of people use, so for it to happen so publicly, it was just embarrassing.
“We’re both so upset with the way we’ve been treated. We just want an apology from Tesco.”
A Tesco spokesperson said: “We are very sorry that this has happened and for the upheaval caused to Mr. Bishop and his partner. We are investigating the incident with our security guard agency and welcome Mr. Bishop to the store so that we can apologize in person.. “
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