A FRAIL 83-year-old has been banned from her local Tesco store after being accused of bullying staff and deliberately ramming them with her trolley.
Christine Crow was also told she was no longer welcome for being rude and abusive at the supermarket on the Shirley-Hall Green border.
The grandmother, who has walking difficulties following knee replacement surgery, was barred after being ushered from the premises by two managers and a security guard.
Christine denies the claims and is now demanding an apology.
But Tesco is standing by its decision with one worker claiming a colleague refused to go on the shopfloor while the OAP prowled the aisles.
"It's a trumped-up charge," protested Christine last week. "Bullying? You must be joking."
The drawn-out drama unfolded at the deli counter of the Stratford Road store months ago when Christine, originally from Yorkshire, spoke out over slow service.
She admits being sharp: "I may have said, is there no one serving?"
Christine had used the store for 15 years but is now getting her groceries from Waitrose, Hall Green, vowing never to visit Tesco again.
A Tesco spokesperson said: "The well-being of our colleagues is very important to us and we have spoken to our customer several times to make her aware that we cannot tolerate abusive behaviour."