Aldi staff broke into beauty therapist’s car and dumped it in a bush because ‘it was obstructing their delivery lorry’
- Janina Wasiuta discovered her red £4,000 Ford Fiesta pushed off the road
- The driver’s window was smashed to pieces and glass was over the seat
- Aldi staff said they were forced’ to break in so a truck could gain access
- Beauty therapist works just a hundred yards away in Chorley, Lancashire
Supermarket staff smashed their way into a woman’s car and dumped it in a bush because they claimed it was obstructing a delivery vehicle.
Janina Wasiuta finished work to discover her red £4,000 Ford Fiesta pushed off the road with the driver’s window in pieces and glass over the seat.
There was no note on the car but staff at the Aldi next to the scene said they had been forced to break into the vehicle so a delivery truck could get to their store.
Angry: Miss Wasiuta said there were no double yellow lines or signs telling her she couldn’t park in the road
Miss Wasiuta, 29, said there were no double yellow lines or signs saying she was not allowed to park on the road by the supermarket in Chorley, Lancashire.
The beauty therapist, who works just a hundred yards away, had moved from her regular parking spot which was closed due to maintenance work.
She said: ‘I’m absolutely disgusted and so angry.
‘My boss left work just before me on Friday evening and she called me saying I needed to get over quick because she’d found my car in a bush.
Janina Wasiuta finished work to discover her red £4,000 Ford Fiesta pushed off the road and in a bush
‘I ran over and when I got there she was already speaking to a member of staff who said that one of their employees had broken the window and moved it because a lorry couldn’t get round.
‘I got no apology and their attitude was terrible.
‘There were cars parked behind me and I don’t see how my car was causing an obstruction.
‘It’s the first time I’ve parked there and there were no signs to say no parking or yellow lines so I assumed it would be ok. I’m just so angry.’
Miss Wasiuta says the paintwork on her car was also scratched and her wing mirror was left turned in during the incident last Friday.
Aldi have offered to pay for the repairs but the ordeal has left her deeply upset.
‘It’s not about the money,’ she said.
Staff at the Aldi say they were forced to break into the car so a delivery driver could access the store
Picture shows where Janina’s car was parked before members of staff broke in and pushed it out of the way
‘Since Friday, I’ve been left to pick up the pieces. I’ve had to phone the police and contact my insurance and I’ve had to get a taxi to and from work.
‘I don’t understand how Aldi could allow a member of their team to do something like that.
‘If they weren’t aware at the time, then they should have at least left a note explaining what had happened and apologised. I’m just grateful my boss was there otherwise I wouldn’t have known what to do.
‘I was told apparently it took them four hours to get the truck in. If they have spent four hours messing about trying to find a way of getting in, they could have come to the shop to see if it was a customer.
‘Their attitude has been disgusting. I’m really shocked by it all and I found it really quite distressing.’
Aldi said: ‘As a very last resort we had to move a vehicle that was preventing an Aldi delivery truck from reversing into the loading bay.
Miss Wasiuta says the paintwork on her car was also scratched and her wing mirror was left turned in during the incident last Friday
‘Our store staff had searched for the owner of the vehicle for more than four hours.
‘They had also contacted the local police to try and obtain the registered owners details.
‘Unfortunately these were not available.
‘After every other option was taken into consideration, the car was then moved by Aldi staff.
‘The owner of the car returned at approximately 9pm, three hours after we moved it.
‘We are in communication with the car owner to rectify the damage caused, have offered to pay for all repairs and have apologised for any inconvenience.’
Miss Wasiuta has reported the incident to police who said it was being investigated ask criminal damage.
Lancashire County Council said: ‘It’s not an LCC highway. It’s a private road.’
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