Store defends its action

PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 10 June 2010

A BRIXINGTON mum has hit out at an Exmouth supermarket, claiming the store failed to take action against a man she believed had taken a mobile phone photograph up a woman's skirt. The 28-year-old Southern Wood mother, who wants to remain anonymous, was sh

A BRIXINGTON mum has hit out at an Exmouth supermarket, claiming the store failed to take action against a man she believed had taken a mobile phone photograph up a woman's skirt.The 28-year-old Southern Wood mother, who wants to remain anonymous, was shopping in the Salterton Road Tesco store on Saturday lunchtime and says she saw a young man stick his camera up the skirt of a young woman while she was bending over to look at goods on a shelf.Tesco said the matter was not followed up with police action because the young woman did not want to make a complaint. The man alleged to have taken the photograph had handed over his mobile phone for staff to check the images.A Tesco spokesman said: "The customer was very forthcoming about handing over his phone and the woman herself had not made any complaint."When the man offered his phone, there were no inappropriate images on it at all."We did receive a phone call from the police and explained what happened."Police said a complaint had been received from a third party witness and the staff had offered to ban the man if inappropriate images had been discovered.The Brixington shopper mum said she had noticed the man because he looked 'shifty' and rang the police as soon as she reached home."I kept an eye on him because I thought he was going to steal something," she said. "He went up to a girl, who must have been about 21, and just stuck a camera up her skirt and took a photo and then just walked off."I just couldn't believe it. I went to customer services and asked for security. They said they didn't have any that day and called a supervisor instead."They told him he wasn't allowed to do that and just let him go, without ringing the police or anything."I was disgusted. What kind of message does that give to customers? I had my eight-year-old daughter with me. He could have done it to her.