I'm terminally ill and a Tesco security guard banned me from collecting vital medication

A TERMINALLY ill dad has told how a Tesco security guard banned him from collecting vital medication.

Kirk Bishop, 44, was barred from entering the supermarket as he tried to collect drugs to manage his stage four kidney cancer after being wrongly accused of being a shoplifter.

The former carer said he was left publicly humiliated after the "embarrassing" mix-up on December 7 – and is still waiting for an apology.

Former carer Kirk, who was diagnosed in November, said: "He approached me and said 'You're banned from this store'.

"I was stunned and couldn't believe what he was saying. When I asked what on earth for, he said I'd been identified as a shoplifter by someone.

"It was totally ridiculous and I told them they had got the wrong man.

"I'm not a shoplifter and am not 'wanted' by the police for anything."

The loving dad, who suffers with chronic daily pain and fatigue, had managed to gather enough strength to visit the superstore in Hednesford, Staffordshire, at around 6pm.

His fiance Elizabeth Larner, 44, who was with him at the time, described the ordeal as "so upsetting".

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"We couldn't believe what was happening," she added.

"We shop at this Tesco almost every day and have never had any problems.

"We tried explaining to the guard that Kirk has terminal cancer but he would not listen and kept saying Kirk would have to leave."

The couple demanded to see the manager and then asked for an immediate
apology when he arrived, but claim they were not offered one.

Elizabeth said: "We left our shopping and walked out and told them we would never shop there again. It was disgusting.

"Kirk is very ill and this is the last thing we need in our lives right now after everything we have been through as a family in the last few weeks.

"This is a supermarket many people we know use, so for this to happen so publicly was just embarrassing.

"We are both so upset about how we have been treated. We just want an apology from Tesco."

A Tesco spokesperson said: "We’re really sorry this happened and for the upset caused to Mr Bishop and his partner.

"We are investigating the incident with our security guard agency and would like to welcome Mr Bishop back to the store so that we can apologise in person."

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