‘Completely incorrect’: A driver accused of stealing gasoline criticizes the ‘ridiculous’ mix-up.
A DRIVER who was wrongfully accused of stealing fuel from a Tesco petrol station has called the accusation “ridiculous.”
On October 3, Paul Patterson, a bus driver from Nottingham’s Highbury Vale, went to the Tesco Esso petrol station in Basford to fill up his automobile. He spent £22 in all, £20 on gas and £2 in the shop.
He drove onto the forecourt while he was there and waited for his wife, who was shopping, before driving away.
Later, the 57-year-old received a letter from Nottinghamshire Police stating that he was suspected of stealing petrol.
They suspected he had filled up his car with £35.22 worth of gas before leaving without paying.
“They’ve got it entirely wrong,” Mr Patterson remarked.
“It was only after I received a letter from the force headquarters that I learned about it.” I would have had no means of proving I had paid for it if I had paid cash, which I almost always do, and not taken a receipt.
“I hadn’t done anything wrong, and yet I was accused of stealing.”
He told Nottinghamshire Live, “It’s ludicrous.”
Tesco has already issued an apology, claiming that a motorist departed the Valley Road petrol station without paying.
When determining which vehicle was involved, a mistake had been made.
Mr Patterson was the one who drove away from the gas station without paying.
Mr Patterson did, however, pull his car away from the pump before completing payment, according to Tesco.
Mr Patterson did not leave the forecourt, according to Tesco, but CCTV footage made it appear as if he was the one who hadn’t paid for the petrol.
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Mr Patterson claimed that he didn’t want to wait at the pump while his wife finished her shopping since he would have caused traffic congestion for other motorists.
As a result, he drove away and returned to the forecourt to await her.
“I went back to the garage and showed them that I had paid them on my phone,” he added.
“It just so happened that I have payment documentation.”
Constable Adam Francis of Nottinghamshire Police said they had a responsibility to examine what had transpired.
“In line,” he said. “Brinkwire Summary News.”