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2021-04-19 - 17:01:58  COMMUNITY | 

Grandmother Irate, As Children Were Not Allowed in MarketPlace on Sundays


On Sunday April 18, Kezline Thompson was waiting in line at the Hamilton Marketplace on Church Street with her five-year-old grandchild.

While waiting, Ms. Thompson noticed a little girl around seven years old waiting outside of the store by herself, until someone came out of the store and the two left together.

“ When it was my turn to get into the store, the security guard told me that no children are allowed in Hamilton Market Place on Sundays,” Ms. Thompson said. “[The security guard] told me that Sundays are only for seniors, people aged 55 and older and/or essential workers.”

According to her, she was told to leave her grandson outside of the store while she went shopping. Shocked and appalled by this, she requested to speak with a manager.

“I told the manager that the store’s sign does not specifically state that children cannot come into the shop, and told them that they cannot implement that kind of rule,” she said.

Another staff member approached Ms. Thompson and reiterated to her that this was the store’s current policy. Ms. Thompson then walked out of the shop and saw a police officer.

“I told the officer exactly what happened and they told me they cannot believe that this is the case,” she said. “The officer made a call and came back to us within less than five minutes and told me that I could now go into the store with my grandchild and the Market Place cannot tell people to leave their children outside.”

Ms. Thompson urges people to question things that do not make much sense, such as the Market Place’s rules for Sunday shopping.

TNN’s Trevor Lindsay speaking with Ms. Thompson, has indicated management at the grocery store chain has apologized for the mixup but it was stated this is store policy. 

TNN made several attempts to get a response from the Marketplace communications department on this matter, we were directed to the General Manager of the Marketplace stores, we await a reply. 
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