Monday, 9 May 2011

Trolley Dashed

Fleet-footed staff at Waitrose in Worcester Park this afternoon foiled the theft of around £250 of stock from the supermarket.

A male and female shopper fled from the supermarket at just after 4.30pm today with a trolley full of items which they had failed to pay for.

Supermarket staff gave chase and were able to recover the items as the would-be thieves made their getaway.

An onlooker told the Worcester Park Blog:

" A male and a female left the supermarket and were challenged by a member of Waitrose staff who had spotted that they were leaving without paying.


They raced across the car park with the trolley, with supermarket staff in hot pursuit. The couple abandoned the trolley - the female fled onto Central Road whilst the male climbed onto the properties a the back of the car park and fled over the rooftops."


The couple are understood to have escaped in a people carrier - the registration number of which has been passed to the police.

10 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Anonymous said...

Well done. hopefully this will stop any price rises at the shop for a while !

Anonymous said...

Yes anon great that the staff had the presence of mind and courage to do something about the attempted theft.Too often people ignore these low life people who believe they can take other peoples/business property.We the ordinary shopper have to pay the cost of theft in the long run with higher prices.

well done the staff

Anonymous said...

and let's hope they were also caught on CCTV!

Well done Waitrose staff

Jeremy Davids said...

What if they were not 'low life' people but were driven to steal out of desperation?

Anonymous said...

Surely people know the difference between right and wrong.I also wonderwhat was in the trolley to have a total value of £250 !!
If they were that desperate how come they were picked up by a people carrier or was that stolen and with no tax or insurance. hmm

BenjyP said...

I suspect that if it only came to £250 it must have just been the equivalent of a mid-week shop at Waitrose, just a tide over until the big shop at the weekend

Anonymous said...

I saw the trolley it was full of booze and fresh meat which they try to hide using large pizza boxes. So they knew what they were doing.

The Spamcan said...

Whilst we are talking of Waitrose l would like tell the world that they now stock a great ale " Doombar" brewed in Rock on the River Camel Estuary. l normally pick up a case when in Cornwall, with the cost of petrol l asked Waitrose why they did not stock it up here. Hey presto it's here.

Hic! Spamcan

Rick said...

I totally agree with Jeremy Davids and wish to publicly thank him for his reasonable and rational comment. I reckon the couple simply got disorientated, then confused the Leo Sayer look-alike for Dale Winton, and concluded they were competing on Supermarket Sweep.

Or maybe they had just filled up the car with petrol at Sainsburys North Cheam, then realised they didn’t have any more money for dinner. So, driven by desperation, in a people carrier, they called in at Waitrose to steal a huge trolley load of fresh meat and booze, to feed their starving 28 children, who might all love eating raw meat and are also all alcoholics?

Or maybe it was a selfless act of charity? Perhaps they felt so bad about people starving in the third world that they decided to actively do something positive about it? Perhaps they planned to sneak the whole trolley load onto the next flight from Gatwick, bound for Zimbabwe?

It all sounds so reasonable, doesn’t it Jeremy?

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