Whole Foods fires security firm that detained 70-year-old woman

Representatives from a Whole Foods store in New Jersey say they have fired the security company responsible for detaining a 70-year-old woman and banning her

Whole Foods fires security firm that detained elderly woman

Whole Foods fires security firm that detained elderly woman (10/13/15)

VAUXHALL - Representatives from a Whole Foods store say they have fired the security company responsible for detaining a 70-year-old woman and banning her from any of the supermarket chain's tri-state area locations after she accidentally left without paying for some cheese.

Margaret Dooley of Maplewood bought about $60 worth of items at the Millburn-Union Whole Foods on Oct. 4, but she forgot to ring up the cheese hiding underneath her bag in the cart.

Officials say loss prevention agents brought Dooley to the back of the store where she was questioned, photographed and eventually banned.

Spokesman Michael Sinatra says the firm previously contracted at the location has been "removed and replaced." Sinatra called the incident as unfortunate in a statement.

"At Whole Foods Market, we strive to achieve the right balance between loss prevention and fostering a welcoming, friendly environment in all our stores,” says Sinatra. “We are also having discussions with the loss prevention company at this store to ensure they clearly understand our expectations when it comes to our customers.

Sinatra also says attempts to reach Dooley haven't been returned.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

87-year-old Inge Goldstein poses with a sign she 1 Women's March event to be held in Pompton Plains
A make-shift memorial sits at the site where 2 Shooting leaves 3 dead in Jersey City
Englewood hospital using bottled water after high levels 3 High levels of lead found in water samples at Englewood hospital
Montclair police released this composite sketch of a 4 Montclair police probe 2 attempted luring incidents
Montclair police released this composite sketch of a 5 Montclair police probe 2 attempted luring incidents

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE