Supermarket responds: on woman's detention

2008-06-24 00:00

Pick n Pay have responded to an article in the Weekend Witness about a woman who was detained for allegedly trying to steal a can of baked beans from their store at Capital Centre on Thursday last week. She subsequently collapsed after being detained for a number of hours and was taken away by ambulance.

Dion Blom, Pick n Pay general manager for KwaZulu-Natal, said they have investigated the matter and found that the woman was indeed offered something to drink, but refused this.

“She complained that she was cold so she was moved into a warmer admin office. The police were called several times in front of her and when they did not arrive, staff offered to take her to the police, but she refused this too.”

Blom said the woman was given an opportunity to sign an admission of guilt, which she also refused to do.

“Eventually, after four to five hours the police arrived because they had been attending to other matters,” said Blom.

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