2 weeks ago i had an awful spate of approx 6 &1/2 HOURS 4 & 1/2 hours in police custody due to TESCO REDDITCH insisting that i be arrested for attempted theft from their store, due to a genuine mistake made by myself , my partner & 18 month old child whilst shopping at there lunchtime.

After my partner & i visiting the upstairs section first , my partner put a small quantity of clothing items on the side of the trolley & we then proceeded downstairs to do main shopping groceries filling the insides with various normal household items & other groceries, ( reason why the clothes were on side of trolley.. well you dont want to crush them with normal shopping or keep moving them everytime you put in an item ) we then proceeded to a checkout.
Now after loading said groceries onto conveyor belt , my partner noticed we needed some chips & ran to get them . as there was no-one waiting behind us in the queue.
I then informed the checkout operator that ” these clothing items on the trolley also needed to be scanned” & ” i cant pick them up as i had various food & chocolate residue on my hands from feeding my little one to keep him happy “( & no it wasnt items from Tesco i had been feeding him, i had my own stash for such emergencies )
I then proceeded to pack the ever increasing number of items been passed through to the end conveyor.
My partner had returned towards the end of the scanning with i will admit more than the chips she went for, but no-worries more £’s for Tesco eh..
We paid , i then went to the tobacco/lottery separate till & purchase another single item there, paid and went to leave the shop.
We were stopped & asked to see our till receipt to query payment of the clothing, sure enough mistakenly the clothing had not been scanned A total of £24.odd.
My partner & myself were both shocked & latter on realised we both thought that the other had passed on the items to be scanned, & I’d even informed the till operator of the items, so after apologising & offering full payment for a genuine mistake , we assumed that would be the end of it….
OHHHHH NO !!!
We were frog marched the full length of the large store with our 18 month old still sat in the trolley , now been pulled along by a member of security, been told we had to go into the office.
We then were given the option of either been arrested by the police or signing some kind of community order ADMITTING WE HAD STOLEN !!! & ALLOWING TESCO TO EMPLOY A NOTICE OF INTENDED CIVIL RECOVERY…
FOR COSTS INCURRED INCLUDING LOSSES , INVESTIGATION COSTS , SECURITY COSTS & ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS…
ALSO THAT IT WILL BE RECORDED ON FILE AVAILABLE IN NORMAL CREDIT RATTING / FINANCIAL SEARCHES, ALSO EMPLOYMENT DECISIONS.
I & MY PARTNER BOTH REFUSED TO ACCEPT AN ADMISSION OF THEFT FOR A GENUINE MISTAKE
I WAS THEN ARRESTED BY THE THEN PRESENT POLICE OFFICER & TAKEN TO REDDITCH POLICE STATION .
WHERE AFTER APPROX 4 & 1/2 HOURS IN POLICE CUSTODY, THEY RELEASED ME WITH NO CHARGES TO FACE

Today both my partner & i got seperate letters stating that they were a recovery agent for tesco & are telling us both that we owe a total of £178.75 EACH !!!!
A TOTAL OF WAIT FOR IT …… £357.50 !!!!
( FOR £24.00 WORTH OF GOODS GENUINELY MISTAKENLY NOT PAID FOR… BUT WHICH I INFORMED THE CASHIER OF )
THIS TOTAL OF £357.50 IS ALLEGALLY to cover all costs etc etc
Now i need some help PLEASE with where we stand witht the law and what we can do regarding payment to these sharks…
as i have no intention of paying this..

TESCO THIS IS DISGUSTING !!!
AFTER A GENUINE MISTAKE BY 2 EX-LOYAL TESCO CUSTOMERS.
I RECENTLY HEARD THAT £1 IN EVERY £3 SPENT IN SUPERMARKETS IS SPENT IN TESCO
NEVER AGAIN WILL A PENNY OF MINE ENTER A TESCO TILL !!!!!
SHAME ON YOU TESCO !!!!