CORONATION Street fans indignant after Bernie Winter took away half of his prize money after Joseph Brown went missing.
The cafe worker – who was played by actress Jayne Hazlegrove in the ITV drama – discovered that Joseph’s disappearance was not an accident this week.
Residents have raised more than £32,000 for the reward for the schoolboy’s safe return.
And on the way home, he was discovered by Bernie’s friend Clint – who promptly bribed the boy to say he had found him so he could get the cash.
However Bernie learned the truth instead of exposing Clint – she took half the cash to keep quiet.
“I am not a gullible pensioner who has blinded your stereotype,” she told him.
Clint tries to lie and insists he just gave Joseph some money – but Bernie looks him straight in the eye and tells him to try again.
Finally relented, he told her: “He was on his way home when I spotted him. He was on his way back and I had a few questions for him to keep quiet.
“I found the little guy. For all we know he may have changed his mind – or something terrible may have happened to him on the way back.
“Thank goodness I was there to get him home unharmed.
“There was a reward for his safe return and I brought him back safely. I don’t know what I did wrong.”
Bernie is disgusted and warns Clint that she is going to the police to expose his scam.
But she stopped when he made her an offer for half of £32,000.
And when he delivered it, the deal was complete – and while Bernie was done and able to help out with his family, viewers were different.
They are anticipating horror for the family when the secret is revealed.
One wrote: “Bernie got money from that guy, know it. #Corrie”
A second said: “I thought Bernie was going to want half the bonus and now I think she’ll take it because Chesney will have to deal with a part-time job.
“I thought she would spill the pea to save Chesney and Gemma from the police and social services.”
Another added: “Oh wait until they find out her deal! #Corrie”
https://www.thesun.ie/tv/8233664/coronation-street-disgusted-bernie-joseph-brown-money/ Coronation Street Fans Outrage As Bernie Winter Makes Horrible Decision About Joseph Brown’s Disappearance