Sainsbury's worker is sacked for pressing the 'zero bags used' button and ... trends now

Sainsbury's worker is sacked for pressing the 'zero bags used' button and ... trends now
Sainsbury's worker is sacked for pressing the 'zero bags used' button and ... trends now

Sainsbury's worker is sacked for pressing the 'zero bags used' button and ... trends now

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A Sainsbury's worker was sacked for taking some bags for life without paying at the end of a night shift after working at the supermarket for 20 years.

Niamke Doffou selected the 'zero bags used' option on the self-service checkout as he packed up his shopping at the end of a night shift at Romford Sainsbury's Superstore, an employment tribunal heard.

He was hauled in front of bosses who sacked him after watching CCTV footage of the incident and deciding the supermarket could no longer trust him.

Mr Doffou - a native French speaker who he has lived and worked in the UK for nearly two decades - worked as a night shift assistant at the store in East London from June 2003 until he was fired in October 2022 for gross misconduct, the tribunal was told. 

Niamke Doffou selected the 'zero bags used' option on the self-service checkout as he packed up his shopping at the end of a night shift at Romford Sainsbury's Superstore, an employment tribunal heard (File Image)

Niamke Doffou selected the 'zero bags used' option on the self-service checkout as he packed up his shopping at the end of a night shift at Romford Sainsbury's Superstore, an employment tribunal heard (File Image)

He was hauled in front of bosses who sacked him after watching CCTV footage of the incident and deciding the supermarket could no longer trust him (File Image)

He was hauled in front of bosses who sacked him after watching CCTV footage of the incident and deciding the supermarket could no longer trust him (File Image)

However, his claim of unfair dismissal was thrown out by a judge who said it was 'very hard to argue' with the decision to dismiss after the theft of the bags which are sold to customers for either 30p or 65p.

During the August bank holiday in 2022, he did some personal shopping in the early morning after working a night shift.

He bought £30 worth of food, pillows and bedding but CCTV footage showed he didn't pay for the 'multiple reusable bags for life' that he took to put his shopping in at the self-service checkout.

The tribunal was told he made 'more than one' trip to get bags, despite selecting 'zero bags used'

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