‘It is not unusual for shops near schools to put signs up or employ security guards.’
So quoth college principal Martin Campbell, on hearing the news that his charges are no longer welcome at their nearest Tesco Express:
Supermarket giant Tesco has banned an entire school from a store because ‘yob’ pupils as young as eight have led a campaign of theft and staff intimidation.All 1,400 students at Kettering Science Academy in Northamptonshire will now be marched from the shop by security and can only enter with an adult.
Staff at the Tesco Express in the town claim they have been spat at, threatened and sworn at by the school children, who have also been shoplifting.
And parents are right behind them in this action, I suppose?
… parents are claiming their children are simply being ‘victimised.‘
Ah. I see…
One mother, whose 14-year-old son attends the school, criticised the supermarket’s decision.’I’m disgusted that my son won’t be allowed into the store any more,’ she said.
‘We often ask him to bring home a pint of milk or a loaf of bread on his way home.
‘He goes to church, he doesn’t shoplift or anything so why should he be barred too?
‘I don’t think Tesco should be allowed to do this.’
You know, given how much I dislike collective punishment, I was feeling a certain amount of sympathy….right up until that last sentence.
Tesco are a business. If they decide they don’t want to serve you, they don’t have to! And they shouldn’t be made to.
Another mother added: ‘There are a minority of bad pupils who cause the trouble but the majority are being victimised.’
Then perhaps it’s about time that majority decided they’d had enough of suffering due to the criminal minority, and did something about it?
Not necessarily like this (though if it happened in London, who’d notice?), but shopping the yobs to the police so Tesco can apply for ASBOs for the real culprits might be a start.