News

Bag ban outrage

Hervey Bay's Trish Spry and son Sean Hesketh are upset after Sean's bag with his laptop inside was stolen when he was asked to leave his bag outside the store.
Hervey Bay's Trish Spry and son Sean Hesketh are upset after Sean's bag with his laptop inside was stolen when he was asked to leave his bag outside the store. Karleila Thomsen

A HERVEY Bay mum is fuming that her son's laptop was stolen after a security guard told him he couldn't take his bag into a supermarket.

Tricia Spry said her 13-year-old son Sean was shopping at Pialba Place shopping centre on Saturday afternoon when he was asked to leave his bag outside Coles.

Following the security guard's advice, he dropped the bag containing the laptop at the entrance to the store and when he returned, it was missing.

A furious Ms Spry said she was still paying off the computer, which had cost her $1500 earlier this year.

"I have never heard of another supermarket saying you have to leave everything outside before you can enter," Ms Spry said.

"It's ridiculous.

"They are just targeting teenagers here.

"You've got people going in with handbags and mums pushing prams, but they don't get told not to take their stuff inside.

"If they are going to have rules like this then I think they should provide a safe area where people can store their bags."

The theft comes just weeks after Sean's scooter was stolen from outside the shopping centre, which has a ban on skateboards and scooters.

The $300 MGP scooter was just days old when it was pinched.

"It's like we are providing for thieves," said Ms Spry, a mother of six.

"They get laptops and scooters and we have to pay for it.

"My husband and I go to work every day and it's not like you can just go out and buy a laptop when-ever."

The theft of the computer has been reported to police.

Police says they will be reviewing CCTV footage from Pialba Place.

Centre manager Sherrie Stone said she was not aware of the incident but would be making inquiries with staff today.

She confirmed that scooters and skateboards were not allowed in the centre, but couldn't comment on the policies of individual stores.

Coles spokesman Jim Cooper said the security guard involved was not a Coles employee and that the supermarket did not have a bag ban in place.

However, he said customers were welcome to leave their bags at the store's front desk while they did their shopping if they preferred to do so.

"Obviously this is an unfortunate incident and we're still not completely clear as to what's happened," Mr Cooper said.

"We'll be working through this with centre management, with the police and also with the customer and his family."

The same Coles store came under fire last year for placing a blanket ban on any students wearing a Hervey Bay State High School uniform.

Topics:  coles crime hervey bay police security guard theft



Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

A CITY drenched in culture, Brisbane is again flaunting an arts and culture events calendar fit for a queen.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Insider’s guide to the best rooftop bars

Eleven Rooftop Bar is one to put on your hit list.

SEE the world from a different perspective...

Where to get your hands on the best wings

Try out these bad boys at Buffalo Bar.

IS THERE anything better than a wicked bowl of chicken wings? Nope.

Ute found in river after being "stolen" from Warwick school

A ute in the Condamine River at the Grafton St Bridge in Warwick on Sunday morning

Ute pulled from Condamine River on Sunday morning

Toddler airlifted after foot partially amputated by mower

RACQ LifeFlight was called to Stanthorpe after a young boy suffered a foot injury when he fell from a ride-on mower.

Stanthorpe ambulance called to property after ride-on mower accident

Motorists may have short delays at Warwick bridge

RoadTex at Madsen Bridge today.

One lane closed at Madsen Bridge

Local Partners

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

BEN Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have called it a day in a joint announcement.

Why The Voice hasn't produced a star

Boy George responds to Brittania Clifford-Pugh's heart-warming message.

It's the industry, not the show, says Boy George

These actors hated their movies and didn’t mind admitting it

Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans in a scene from GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Every year, Hollywood blesses us with plenty of God awful movies.

Miranda Kerr and fiance hang up backyard tent for wedding

The decorators and caterers are arriving for the final preparations for the wedding of Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel. Pictures: Splash

Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr are set to marry today

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

I appreciated Freedman's blunt honesty in the book

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!