Security guard tells pregnant woman to move on

A HEAVILY pregnant woman was traumatised after a security guard allegedly demanded she get in her car and repark it seconds after securing a parking space.

The woman, who asked to be known only as Rebecca, was going to her medical appointment at The Village Hervey Bay Community Health Centre and parked her car at Bay Plaza in Pialba.

As she walked out of the centre, an elderly man with a security vest approached her and said if she was not a customer of the centre, she had no right to park her car in the vicinity.

"When he demanded that I repark, I said to him I was going to Woolworths which is in the centre after my doctor's appointment, but he was having none of it," she said.

"So he made me get in the car and told me to park elsewhere.

"I ended up parking a block away and was flustered, angry and late by the time I arrived for my appointment."

Rebecca said she told her friends about it and they were as shocked as she was with the way the situation was handled.

"I understand that only customers are allowed to park at the vicinity, but I told him I was going in there later anyway but he had no sympathy for a 32-week-old pregnant lady and he was rude to me, too," she said.

A centre management spokeswoman said the car park was for the convenience of shoppers visiting the centre.

"For all customers of Bay Plaza, we offer accessible parking free of charge during the time they are visiting," she said.

"We apologise for any miscommunication with and/or any inconvenience caused to the said customer and welcome her and all customers to use the centre parking when shopping at the centre."

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