Unexpected cat in the bagging area! Feline who is ‘banned’ from entering local Tesco is spotted defiantly lounging on the self-checkout
- Ginger cat Pumpkin was ‘banned’ from a Norwich Tesco store in November 2019
- But the feline is back after being spotted lounging on the self-service checkouts
- The six-year-old cat had been a regular in the Drayton branch for well over a year
A cat ‘banned’ from entering his favourite Tesco store is refusing to keep out after taking up residence on the self-service checkouts.
Ginger feline Pumpkin had been a regular in the Drayton branch in Norwich, for well over a year before staff took action last November ‘gently encouraging him to go out’.
But the ‘rebel’ six-year-old was back to his old tricks on Sunday, after a shopper spotted him lounging on the tills, according to the BBC.
A cat ‘banned’ from entering his favourite Tesco store is refusing to keep out after taking up residence on the self-service checkouts (pictured)
After the photograph of Pumpkin back in his favoured spot was shared to Facebook, social media users were quick to affectionately label the daring cat as a ‘rebel’.
His disobedience was first celebrated in November, when local customers claimed they would boycott the store after Pumpkin was ‘banned’.
A Tesco spokesperson said at the time: ‘Although we love the little ginger cat who visits Acres Way Express, a food store isn’t the best place for a cat to be, so our colleagues gently encourage him to go out when he tries to come in.’
Pumpkin (pictured) had been a regular in the Drayton branch in Norwich, for well over a year before staff took action last November ‘gently encouraging him to go out’
Although not welcome inside, Pumpkin is often spotted outside the sliding doors of the shop, which is near where he lives with his owner Jo Harding.
Speaking about the latest photograph of him, she said: ‘Pumpkin is taking no notice of his ban.’
When the ‘ban’ was first announced, Jo admitted that her adorable feline was ‘a little confused’ by it, after having enjoyed the store for the past year.
But the ‘rebel’ six-year-old (pictured in November) was back to his old tricks on Sunday, after a shopper spotted him lounging on the tills
And for customers, Pumpkin proved to be such a popular addition to the branch that Jo set up a Facebook page dedicated to his antics.
The private group now has more than 2,000 members, with locals sharing snaps of the feline when loitering around the store.
‘I’ve no idea why Pumpkin’s been asked to leave now,’ Jo said said at the time: ‘They say he’s banned but I’m not sure how they’re going to keep him out.’
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