Pregnant woman told not to bring her water bottle into Crawley cafe

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A heavily pregnant woman was not allowed to bring a bottle of water to a Crawley cafe.

The woman, who was seven-and-a-half-months pregnant, and her aunt went to the cafeteria at Sainsburys, West Green, for lunch on May 28.

Her aunt, Pam Murray said an assistant told her niece she was not allowed to bring her water bottle in while they were ordering drinks.

Pam, of Peacock Walk, Bewbush, said: “I complained very loudly and in the end was told she could take it in but not again in the future.

“Someone who has to drink four litres of water because of her pregnancy was scolded because she brought her own from home.

“Whatever is this country coming to when these establishments can dictate what we all do all day everyday.”

A spokesman for Sainsburys said: “This was clearly an error of judgement and an over-zealous interpretation of our policy that only food and drinks purchased in the café should be consumed there.

“We will remind colleagues to use their common sense in the future and we apologise for any offence caused to this customer.”

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