Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020

Tesco customer without a mask on filmed trashing store while on the phone

A man has been arrested after he was filmed trashing a Tesco store while not wearing a mask.

Footage shared to TikTok by @veer_gurjar_lonodn on September 23 shows the customer throwing dozens of packets of crisps and popcorn onto the floor in the store in Ealing, west London.

The aisle is covered with packets as he appears to talk on the phone.

Several Tesco staff members are seen watching the scenes unfold, along with a man who appears to be a security guard.

The customer is not wearing a face mask in the video, despite government guidelines saying face coverings are mandatory inside stores as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

It has not been confirmed what sparked the incident.

The footage has been seen thousands of times after it was shared online.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: "Police were called at around 21:00hrs on 22 September to reports of anti-social behaviour at a business premises in Uxbridge Road, Ealing.

"Officers arrested a man on suspicion of criminal damage. He was further arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm in relation to an alleged assault (minor injury) on a staff member at the store.

"Soren Birch of Greenford was subsequently bailed with conditions to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on 25 November to answer charges of intending to destroy or damage property, and assault by beating."

A Tesco spokesperson said: “We’re grateful to the police for their assistance following a disturbance at our Tesco Express store on Uxbridge Road a number of weeks ago.”

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