A YOUNG mum whose baby boy is seriously disabled is ditching Tesco supermarkets in Solihull and driving to Asda in Minworth to do her shopping - because selfish able-bodied shoppers who park in disabled bays are making her life a misery.
Emma Harrison holds a Blue Badge as her 12-month-old son Dylan has a rare condition, Charge Syndrome leaving him deaf, blind, unable to balance well and attached to a feeding pump through his stomach 24 hours a day.
A frustrated Emma, who lives in Eden Road, Solihull with Dylan and husband Russell said: “I was relieved to be given a blue parking certificate, believing that it would make our lives that little bit easier. However I quickly learned this is not the case. We struggle daily.
“If someone has parked in a disabled space and they are not displaying a blue badge it means I have to struggle with Dylan. His eyes are also sensitive to lights so I have to shield his eyes from the light as I try to get into the supermarket.
“Dylan is also attached to a feeding pump so I have that in one hand, Dylan in the other and a baby bag over my shoulder. If the pump got pulled out because I am trying to get in to the supermarket, he would need an operation,” said the Orange employee.
“I will be giving Tesco a miss. I did shop at Tesco’s in Stratford Road, Shirley but the one in Sheldon is just as bad. Staff aren’t interested.”
A spokesperson from Tesco said: “We generally prefer the carrot rather than the stick approach as the great majority of our customers observe the policy well but those who don’t are usually informed there and then, over the store PA system. We’re sorry if this is not happening enough.”
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