Pregnant Brisbane woman accused of shoplifting forced to show belly

January 29th, 2009 - 6:22 pm ICT by ANI  

Brisbane, Jan. 29 (ANI): A 40-year old Ipswich woman, who was eight-and-a-half months” pregnant, was forced to lift her shirt after being wrongly accused of shoplifting at the Springfield Lakes 1st Choice Liquor store on Monday.
The woman, who was taking her time with her purchase, was buying a birthday present for a friend.
The distraught woman was told if she refused the search in full view of other customers, police would be called.
It is believed the 1st Choice Liquor staff claimed there had been a similar incident earlier in the week where a person who was posing as a pregnant woman was actually stealing alcohol.
Queensland Consumer Watch spokesman and Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully described the incident as totally appalling and an invasion of individual rights. (ANI)

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