A DISABLED man has reacted with fury after allegedly being stopped by Tesco security guards because of his “shifty” walk.
Ashely Beckwith, 31, who has cerebral palsy, says he was “stalked” and stopped on suspicion of theft on four occasions in just two months.
Ashley Beckwith, 31, who suffers from cerebral palsy, says he was repeatedly stopped in Tesco because of the way he walks[/caption]
Ashley took to Facebook to accuse the store of ‘blatant discrimination’[/caption]
Beckwith, whose condition often causes him significant pain, accused the Hayes Yeading Extra branch of Tesco of “blatant discrimination” over the incidents, the Mirror reported.
He said the first occasion was in mid-October, when he was allegedly stopped by security after being followed through the shop.
That incident was followed by two more – one at the start of November, one on November 26 – and then a fourth on Wednesday morning.
Taking to Facebook after the most recent occasion, Beckwith wrote: “Good morning Tesco, I have just come out of one of your stores and I have been stopped by security because they believe I stole something.
“This has now happened numerous times and they stated they believe that I had stolen something.”
“Every single time, I get the reply, ‘You are acting shady and it is the way you walk’!
“In addition to this, I also have a member of staff following me around the store on the last three separate occasions, like I have some kind of stalker.”
‘I WANT A WRITTEN APOLOGY’
Beckwith said he wasn’t happy with how a complaint to Tesco had been received, saying he was told only that the store manager would be spoken to and that no one had apologised.
“I would like a written apology and some form of compensation because it is completely unacceptable that you discriminate against someone because of the way they walk,” he said.
“Have they not considered that I may have a disability because of the way that I walk?
“This is a blatant form of disability discrimination and I do not understand how you train your staff and your security to treat people in this way.”
Beckwith added that the store manager later told him he would ask staff to “back off”.
A Tesco spokesperson told the Mirror: “We are very sorry to hear how Ashley feels.
“We look forward to meeting him to see how we can fix this and improve his shopping trips with us.
“We want everyone to feel welcome at Tesco.
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“Across the UK we are providing sunflower lanyards to customers who may need additional support, and we’re increasing the number of Changing Places toilets so that customers with disabilities can use our toilets safely and comfortably.”
Sun Online has also approached Tesco for comment.
Ashley says he wants a written apology and compensation[/caption]
Tesco has apologised and offered to meet with Ashley[/caption]