Newborn mice found in crisp packets at Birmingham supermarket
Dec 13 2010 by Alison Dayani, Birmingham Mail
Liza Wray's photo of newborn mice on the floor of the Tesco store in Aston.
A BIRMINGHAM mum went wild in the aisles – when newborn mice burst out of crisp packets in a busy supermarket.
Stunned shopper Liz Wray was horrified when she saw half a dozen pink mice emerge from multipacks of crisps at a new Tesco store in Aston Lane, Aston.
The mum-of-one snapped pictures of the mice on her phone and confronted the store manager but said she was horrified Tesco bosses decided not to shut the store down.
“All the staff did was put a cardboard box over the mice and closed aisle six,” said Liz, a health visitor from Kings Norton. “I was with a work colleague who reached out towards the crisps and started screaming.
“Suddenly these tiny pink things appeared from the multipacks and were lying in front of us.
“They were repulsive and made me feel revolting. There were half a dozen of them crawling out of different holes in the crisps and we couldn’t believe our eyes.”
Tesco, at Aston Lane, Aston
Liz informed the store manager of the mice at 2.30pm on Friday.
But the store was still open three hours later and Tesco officials said Rentokil pest control staff were on site.
Liz said: “When I told the store manager, he said ‘We can’t do much about it because we are near a canal and railway track and the mice tend to come through the floor.’”
“I couldn’t believe he was saying that to me. The whole situation was horrible.”
A Tesco spokesman said: “This was clearly an upsetting discovery for our customer, for which we are very sorry.
“Pest control experts were in the store to deal with the problem and we are confident this was an isolated incident.
“The cleanliness of our stores is a priority for all our staff and there is a clear protocol on how they should deal with this kind of issue.”