A CARE worker was left in tears after a woman accused her of ‘spreading germs’ as she shopped in her uniform at B&M.
Kimberley Simpson claimed a fellow shopper followed her through the store, “shouting” that she wasn’t allowed to buy non-essential items.
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And the young carer said she had been left “disgusted” by the other woman’s behaviour – who then threatened to report her to her manager.
Sharing a video of the argument, Kimberley said she had been shocked by the woman suddenly confronting her as she shopped.
Kimberley could be heard from behind the camera saying: “You’re having a go at me for buying stuff.
“You just said that I am buying stuff that is non essential.
“You’re absolutely ridiculous, you should not have come up to me aggressively like that saying I’m spreading germs when I’m not spreading germs.”
The other woman then interjects saying: “I’m not having a go.
“You’re still spreading germs.”
She then claims she is not referring to the coronavirus pandemic, but germs in general.
It was claimed the woman had followed Kimberley around the shop for ten minutes.
Kimberley later shared a photograph of her face stained with tears – saying “I’m not doing anything wrong.”
She wrote on Facebook: “I know I’m an ugly crier, but this lady has just followed me around B&M shouting at me saying I’m not allowed in the shop because I’m in uniform.
“Apparently I’m not allowed to buy non-essential items.”
And she said she had spoken to her manager after the woman threatened to bring it up with the care home she worked for, believed to be Nexus.
Kimberley added: “I’ve just spoken to (my manager) and they said I’m not doing anything wrong.
“We have worked so hard, no clients have covid so we are clearly doing something right.”
Kimberley, believed to be from Burton upon Trent, was inundated with support after sharing the video online.
She said: “Feel overwhelmed by all the kind messages, all I’ve done is cry this afternoon.”
The confrontation comes as care workers have been targeted during the pandemic.
In one horrific case, a care worker said a Lidl shopper had spat on her and called her a “virus spreader” while she was at the shops.
The deadly bug has killed at least 131 social care workers in the UK.
Nexus and B&M have been contacted for comment.
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