A senior citizen has died outside Tesco after security staff allegedly refused to hand over a defibrillator to people
trying to save his life.
Shopper Samantha Badger claims staff at the Tesco Extra in Gillingham, Kent stopped a member of the public from
taking the store’s defibrillator, saying ‘it wasn’t for public use’.
Samantha performed CPR on the elderly man after he collapsed after suffering a suspected heart attack outside
the store on Wednesday.
She called 999 and was told to get a defibrillator – but this was refused when another member of the public
ran in to collect it.
Samantha said the member of staff even phoned Kent Police and reported an ‘attempted theft’ of the life
saving machine – before they were told it was actually required.
The OAP was pronounced dead shortly after paramedics arrived at the scene. Samantha has now hit out
at the store, saying she is ‘disgusted’ by their actions.
She posted about the heartbreaking incident on Facebook, prompting calls from the public for the member
of staff to be held to account.
Samantha wrote: ‘I’m absolutely disgusted with Gillingham Tescos at Bowaters roundabout!
‘When I woke up today, I didn’t envisage having to perform CPR on my next-door neighbour, but as instructed
by the 999 emergency service requested
‘I carried on while the SGN employee ran over to Tesco to grab the defib that the 999 emergency services stated was there for us to use.
‘So I carried on with the CPR as instructed waiting for the defib or ambulance, whichever came first!’
Samantha continued: ‘It was the ambulance I heard as it arrived first and they took over the CPR.
‘Heartbreakingly, the patient had passed away and defib never did turn up because as the workman ran into
Tesco and collected it as he was running out of the shop with it, the security guard stopped him and told him
that it wasn’t for public use!