Mum furious after being told to leave her crying son, 7, at Morrisons entrance to due to ‘coronavirus rules’ – The Sun

A FURIOUS mum says she was ordered to leave her weeping seven-year-old son outside a supermarket when a "bullish" security official who told her: 'It's because of coronavirus rules'.

Single parent Alexa Bowyer, 39 and of Harrogate, said she was "made to feel like a criminal" when the guard insisted she leave her son Ted at the doors of Morrisons.

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Supermarket bosses have now apologised – and say those AREN'T the rules.

Alexa attempted to reason with the security guard and his colleague, but eventually left the store without her food and with her son in tears.


She told Yorkshire Live: "It's not Morrisons I have a gripe with, but the security who handled the situation.

"I get them having to limit the numbers coming in and the importance of staying safe, but asking a single parent to leave their child outside the store, alone and unattended, is shocking."

She had visited the branch at midday on Wednesday to spend the lunch vouchers she had received from Ted's school to help during the Covid-19 crisis.

However, she and her son left empty-handed after being challenged by the guard.

She said: "It just left us really down.

"I was so shocked with what happened that I wasn't thinking straight.

"The way the guard spoke and the way he handled it, it was like I was a criminal.

"It was like he was on a power trip."


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Officials at Morrisons say it's not the supermarket's policy for children to be left outside.

A Morrisons spokesperson said: "We ask that only one adult from each household should come to do their shopping where feasible.

"Of course parents are allowed to bring their children.

"There was a misunderstanding in this particular case and the customer has been back into the store and received a full apology and goodwill gesture."

Supermarkets across the country have instated new measures to help protect staff and customers from Covid-19.

Some have implemented a one-in one-out policy to help ensure safe social distancing.

Many have taped markers on the floor that tell customers where to stand while checking out.

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