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Portadown cleaner banned from every Asda store in the UK for buying buns on her lunch break

Published 30/08/2015

A spokesperson for Asda said the ban
A spokesperson for Asda said the ban "felt appropriate" given the circumstances of the case.

A Portadown grandmother who worked as a cleaner at Asda has been banned from all of their UK stores after buying buns on her lunch break.

Jackie Kearns (46) was sacked and issued with the restriction after she was caught shopping with a colleague at Asda in Portadown during her shift.

“I broke the rules and shopped during my break. I accepted the ruling from ‘City’, the contract cleaners who employed me. Anyway, I’ve since got a job in Lurgan with better pay and conditions," she told the Portadown Times.

Jackie was employed by City Facilities Management, who are contracted by Asda to carry out cleaning at all of their stores and had worked at the Portadown branch for three years.

 “It’s unacceptable. The ban applies until the manager withdraws it in writing. I just want to shop in the supermarket of my choice in my own home town," explained Jackie.

She added: “I shopped at Asda before they came to Portadown. I travelled over to their store in Cookstown and was glad when they came here. I’ve worked for a number of companies as a cleaner and even had a supervisory post or two.”

A spokesman for the supermarket said that Asda are entitled to withdraw their conditional invitation to enter their stores to individuals in certain circumstances.

"While we wouldn’t discuss the detail surrounding individual cases, due to the circumstances of this instance it was felt this was appropriate at this time," they said.

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