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    nerdybird1 wrote:
    goodygoody wrote:
    With respect. An autistic child should not be left for a single minute unsupervised in somewhere like a supermarket. I can understand the member of staff not realising a child had this disability and possibly just thought he was being naughty. It seems the children were also unsupervised in the toy isle and that surely is one area where no child should be left to their own devices. A child with or without a disability should be beside their parent/guardian while out shopping. When they're not supervised this leads to parents getting accused of not looking after their children properly and then this leads to all sorts of misunderstandings on both sides. I understand about autism as we have 2 children in our family with this disability so I'm not talking about something that I know nothing about.
    FYI goodygoody it is easy to sit on the fence and criticize others, I expect u are the model of the perfect citizen in fact it is a wonder with all your grand ideas u haven't been given the job as mayor. let me tell you this, this is a whitewash so asda can get out of their responsibility in this case, kate is a great mum and copes wonderfully with all Ollies complex needs, she does not let her kids run rampant if u met them u wud know they are nice respectful boys. so what do your family members with autism do go round wearing t shirts announcing their condition not every disability is visible as u will no doubt understand, the guy at asda need a boot up the backside and asda should hang their heads in shame by trying to get out of this by slating kate
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Mum demands better training at supermarket

Evesham Journal: ROW AT STORE: Mum Kate Handley holding baby Archie, 11 months, with Calum, 12, and Oliver, 5, who has autism. ROW AT STORE: Mum Kate Handley holding baby Archie, 11 months, with Calum, 12, and Oliver, 5, who has autism.

A MOTHER is demanding better training for workers at a Worcester supermarket after a staff member “shouted” at her autistic son.

Kate Handley has refused offers of goodwill from Asda in St Martin’s Quarter after she said a cafe worker “laughed in her face” when she told him that her five-year-old was autistic.

Miss Handley, of Birch Avenue, Tolladine, was having lunch in the cafe on Monday December 9 with her three children – Calum, 12, Oliver, five, and Archie, 11 months – when she went to change her baby’s nappy.

While she was walking towards the bathroom, Oliver was following a few steps behind.

She said: “All I heard was somebody shouting and I turned round and saw my son had dropped a small piece of litter – a cookie wrapper out of Asda’s lunchbox range.

“And when I saw that he had done that I said I was sorry, and went to pick it up.

“The member of staff gritted his teeth and said Oli had just dropped it. I apologised again and he snatched it up and slammed it in the bin.”

After she had seated her children she went to speak to the member of staff.

She said she explained that Oliver was autistic and found it difficult in supermarkets and that she was not happy with how he spoke to her son.

“He just glared at me and said Oli was unsupervised and that he couldn’t have old people tripping on litter.

“I said I understood that but I apologised twice which he ignored, and then said he’s not naughty, he has a disability, and he laughed in my face.”

The store offered her a £5 goodwill voucher and Oliver his choice of toy but she refused and said she wanted a written apology and better training for staff so they could deal better with people who have disabilities.

A spokesman for Asda said the member of staff had to replace four meals for other people in the restaurant as the children were throwing food, and that although there was no CCTV in the cafe there was in the store itself and the children were seen unsupervised in the toy and DVD aisles.

He added: “We’d hate to upset anyone who visits our store. We’ve given Miss Handley a £5 gesture of goodwill and also offered her son a toy from the store. If she would like to get in touch with us again we’re more than happy to talk this through with her.”

Miss Handley denied that her children were throwing food and has written to the store management.

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