Shoppers were left “gobsmacked” at the alleged treatment of a homeless person by Poundland staff members.
It has been claimed some members of staff were “pretending to gip” when the man approached the till – at the store on Market Street in Halifax – and forced him to leave when he was just 20p short of the asking price for his goods.
Sharni Webster, 17, was in the shop at the time of the alleged incident.
She claimed people queuing behind the homeless man were so gobsmacked by staff’s actions that they chose to use the self-checkout instead of going to the till.
“I recognised the man as I’ve helped him out before,” she said.
“One member of staff was gipping and said that he shouldn’t be coming in because he’s barred from entering. They kicked him out, I felt so sorry for him.”
A Facebook post, uploaded by Sharni just after the incident is claimed to have taken place, has amassed 350 shares and more than 400 interactions.
On the post, the Calderdale college student wrote: “I am so disgusted by Poundland staff, you’ve just insulted a homeless man.
“He came in and was just a few pence short. You asked him why he’d given you that and took it off him.
“This homeless man was very polite and said sorry. He walked out ashamed, you could see it in his face.”
One Facebook user angrily replied: “Disgusting, I can’t believe that. Will not be going there for a while.”
Another remarked: “Dehumanising a vulnerable person for a couple of pence. Vile and unforgivable behaviour!”
A spokesperson for Poundland confirmed the company was looking into the claims.
A short statement given to YorkshireLive read: “This doesn’t sound like us or what we’re about. It goes without saying we’ll be finding out precisely what happened.”