07:41AM, Thursday 24 May 2012
A feud has erupted between a shopkeeper and a family over a half-eaten Peperami and a packet of sweetener.
Samantha Gartland, 33, and Chelsea, four, have been barred from the Best One convenience store in Hampden Road, Maidenhead, after the schoolgirl was caught 'tampering' with products.
Manager Balkar 'Sunny' Singh, 29, said he has given numerous warnings and that he has to protect his business.
"My daughter was basically called a destructive, spoilt brat."
Samantha, of Stirling Grove, said: "My daughter was basically called a destructive, spoilt brat and that we her parents let her get away with anything."
"This really upset me. Who is he to tell me how to control my daughter? If she does wrong she does get told off."
According to Sunny, Chelsea was caught on CCTV about a month ago eating a Peperami and then putting it back on the shelf - which Mrs Gartland later went and paid for.
He then caught the Alwyn Infant School pupil opening a packet of sweetener and putting it back on the shelf on Sunday and banned her.
Mother-of-three Mrs Gartland, who is married to Peter, 37, then went to complain on Monday and was also barred.
"Girl is not paying attention to mum."
Sunny, 29, said: "I have told her a month ago that her daughter took some food and left it in the shop.
"I told her two or three times but the girl is not paying any attention to her mum.
"What else can I do?"
Sunny, who made the front page of the Advertiser in March 2010 for fighting off two armed-raiders, said everyone in the area knew him and that he would not ban someone for no reason.
He said usually when a parent knew their child had taken something or misbehaved they would be marched back into the shop to put it back and apologise to 'learn their lesson'.
COMMENT: Which side are you on? Was Sunny right to ban the mother and daughter? Tell us in the box below.
Top Ten Articles
Two Slough men who launched an ‘unprovoked attack’ on a man and a woman in Maidenhead town centre have been sentenced to four and a half years in prison.