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Lidl employee hit in the face in a row over tote bags while a regular customer serves himself

Lorraine Burridge, 40, was seen helping herself carry bags at a Lidl store in Rock Ferry, Liverpool, despite being told the staff would be handing out the bags themselves

An argument began when Burridge said Ms Mills had accused her of theft
A Lidl employee was hit in the face by a customer (stock image)

A Lidl worker was slapped in the face by a customer who “lost control” during an argument with the supermarket worker over plastic bags.

Lorraine Burridge, 40, was seen helping herself carry bags at a Lidl store in Rock Ferry, Liverpool, despite being told the staff would be handing out the bags themselves.

Kerri Mills, who worked at Lidl, said Burridge was starting to be “gagged,” so she explained to her the reason staff were handing out the bags was so people wouldn’t steal them.

Liverpool Magistrates Court heard a row start when Burridge said Ms Mills had accused her of theft and punched her in the face below her left eye. This is reported by the Liverpool Echo.

Ms Mills told the court: “She said I accused her of stealing it. I said I didn’t blame her, I explained. She was standing at a normal distance but came closer and punched me in the face under my left eye.







Lorraine Burridge, 40, was spotted helping herself with tote bags at a Lidl store in Rock Ferry
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“I pushed her away to make sure she couldn’t hit me again. I felt a colleague lean over my shoulder to stop her and I walked away and stood behind the register and then went to the back of the store.”

The court heard Burridge was arrested on January 11 last year at the store where she was a regular customer.

When interviewed, she said she went to pick up a bag and Ms Mills accused her of stealing it.

She said: “I lost control due to personal circumstances, my father died and my sister died last year.”

She said she “hated herself” for what she had done but denied hitting her in the face. She instead claimed that she threw a punch that didn’t connect.

Burridge added she was not taking her medication and had mental health issues. The Aldersgate, Rock Ferry Local, pleaded guilty to assault on December 22 last year.

The court heard the defendant had a previous criminal record, including assault, but had not had a problem in 17 years. Her attorney, Leigh Irlam, said Burridge was “extremely embarrassed and ashamed of her conduct.

“No one should go to work and be attacked by a customer. All she can say is that she’s sorry and has no intention of acting like that again.”

Burridge, who is on sick leave, was referred for therapy but is on a long waiting list, she added.

The bank issued a nine-month community order, ordering her to complete 10 days of rehabilitation, pay costs and a fine totaling £300 plus £100 in compensation for her victim.

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