Aldi staff break into parked car

June 10, 2014 | By | In News

A beauty therapist returned to her car last week to discover it had been broken into – not by thieves, but by staff at a local Aldi supermarket.

Janina Wasiuta found the driver’s window of her Ford Fiesta had been smashed, showering the interior with glass, and that it had been pushed into a hedge.

No note was left in the car to explain their actions, but Aldi staff near the scene told Ms Wasiuta that they were forced to break into her vehicle as it was blocking access to a delivery bay which was needed by a goods vehicle.

The 29-year-old told the Daily Mail that there were no yellow lines or signs indicating any parking restrictions on the road adjacent to the supermarket, which she had parked on because of maintenance works at her own car park.

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.

“I don’t understand how Aldi could allow a member of their team to do something like that.”

“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.”

Management at the Aldi branch in Chorley, Lancashire, have since offered to pay to repair the damage done to the Fiesta, which included the smashed window, scratches to the paintwork and a damaged left wing mirror.

However, the ordeal has left Ms Wasiuta deeply upset.

“It’s not about the money,” she continued.

“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.”

Staff at the store claimed they waited four hours for someone to move the car before taking the drastic action, something which they described as a “last resort”.

Ms Wasiuta has reported the incident to Lancashire Police as criminal damage.

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