The grandmother banned from the Asda Superstore network after being sacked from her cleaning job is preparing legal action “in view of false allegations of criminal activity made against me”.
Jackie Kearns claims – through her solicitor – that a current member of staff sent her a text message after the sacking “and alleged I have committed fraud”.
She said, “I have taken a photo, on my i.phone, of the allegations sent in the text. It states I was seen on CCTV changing sticker labels to make items cheaper before buying.
“I am having discussion with my solicitor on what action to take.
“I did no such thing. Let the person making the accusation produce the so-called CCTV footage – it doesn’t exist. I have to clear my name.”
Jackie (46) worked as a contract cleaner in the Edenderry store where she was employed by a firm called City Management Facilities. She was sacked after breaking City’s rules by shopping during her break.
In the aftermath of the sacking, she was banned from shopping in Asda and she insists that the superstore is acting outside its remit.
She admitted, “I broke the City rules and accepted their decision. But I don’t accept the Asda ruling. I’m simply a member of the public now as far as they are concerned – in fact, I wasn’t ever employed by them, but by City.”
A letter from her solicitor to Asda states, “Our client wholeheartedly refutes any allegations of criminal activity and seeks clarification regarding the basis for her dismissal and confirmation of any evidence against her.”
In their reply to Jackie’s solicitor, Asda’s legal team from Leeds states – “The termination of your client’s employment with City Management Facilities (‘City’) is a matter between your client and City.
“Asda are entitled to withdraw their conditional invitation to enter their stores to individuals in certain circumstances. We cannot comment on criminal matters.”
Jackie has since secured employment as a cleaner with a Lurgan company.
Her story has attracted media attention from right across the United Kingdom.
She has been interviewed by national newspapers including The Sun and The Daily Mail.
The Sun carried her story on the front page of its recent Northern Ireland edition.