A British teenager working in a retail shop was subject to an invasive search, which breached her undergarments, in the hunt for missing goods.
17-year-old Naomi Scott was working at a discount store called Poundland for almost a year when the alleged theft took place. The store takes employee theft seriously and performs a thorough search of all workers suspected of stealing.
“We’ve always had bag searches and pocket searches. But all of a sudden, last Thursday, they came up with the idea of a bra search,” Scott told the Daily Mail.
“One of my supervisors, a female, came up to us when we were on the till and said ‘we need to do a bra search’.”
The female workers were forced to shake out their bras during the humiliating search, which happened in front of customers.
“This was in front of staff and customers. She asked me and two or three other women who were working on the tills. Like me, they didn’t look too impressed.
She just said: “Have you got anything inside your bra?” I then had to pull my bra outward, give a bit of a shake and see if any coins came out the bottom,” she explains.
Although Scott acquiesced to the search orders, inside she was mortified, according to Newsiosity.
“We had to do it just behind the till in front of the customers. No one looked very happy about it. It happened completely out of the blue, no one had ever asked us to do anything like that before.
I felt uncomfortable, it was an invasion of my privacy and it was embarrassing,” she continued.
The ordeal was so traumatizing that Scott quit her job a few days after the incident. Scott says when she told her mother about the search, “She said it was disgusting and she wasn’t happy with it.”
“It was a bit out of the blue but we all went along with it. It’s not in my contract – only bag and pocket searches are in the contract.
- “There was no similar check for the men.
“It’s really put me off going to work – it’s my first proper job, but I just left and didn’t go back. I’m now looking for another job.”
- A Poundland spokesperson has issued an official statement:
“This was a highly regrettable incident where neither the colleague nor the Supervisor followed company policy.
There is clear CCTV footage of the incident and we have taken steps to ensure it does not happen again.”