Shopper who forgot to scan pack of bacon banned for six months

Jeannot Attard said he was 'distracted' while paying for his shop

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A man who forgot to scan a £2 packet of bacon ribs at Tesco Metro has been banned for six months from the store.

Jeannot Attard, 32, said it was an honest mistake but he was made to feel like a criminal after the incident at a Canary Wharf store.

He was initially also barred from the whole of the 'Canary Wharf estate and retail complex' for half a year after the slip up during his lunch break.

This would have included the shopping centre and businesses.

But Canary Wharf has now reportedly suspended the ban ahead of talks with Jeannot this week, who is calling for it to be lifted.

The office worker is still not allowed to enter the Tesco Metro however.

Jeannot claims he was simply "distracted" while he was paying for his shop at the self service checkout, the Evening Standard reports.

He told the Standard:

"It was an honest mistake but they made me feel like a common criminal."

He called the incident "embarrassing".

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The row is over a £2 packet of ribs (file photo)

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After being stopped by supermarket staff, he said he would pay for the ribs.

But the store manager brought in Canary Wharf Group private security guards who gave him a banning notice.

It reportedly said: "You are banned from entering the Canary Wharf Estate/Retail Complex for the duration of six months."

It said if he did enter the area he could be escorted out.

Jeannot relies on meetings in the zone for work and under the original ban's conditions he was prohibited from going to any of the restaurants.

Although he was allowed to travel to his office, the order said he could have been prosecuted for trespassing if he went to other parts of the estate, it was claimed.

The police were not called to the incident.

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Jeannot said it was an honest mistake that he forgot to scan an item (file photo)

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A Tesco spokesperson told Mirror Online: " "We reported this incident to the Canary Wharf security team in line with normal procedures.

"In light of these concerns, our Area Manager would be happy to meet with both Mr Attard and the Canary Wharf security team to discuss the matter further."

A Canary Wharf Group spokeswoman told the Standard they support Tesco in their investigation and are working closely with them to resolve the issue.

Mirror Online has contacted the Canary Wharf Group for a comment.

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