Parkinson's sufferer ejected from Halfords 'for funny walk'

From BBC - February 12, 2018

A man with Parkinson's disease was told to leave a Halfords store for acting suspiciously by "walking funny".

Chris Cartlidge, 51, was ejected from the shop in Trent Vale, Stoke-on-Trent, after his symptoms caused his leg to stiffen and drag on the floor.

He said when he told a shop assistant he had Parkinson's, she replied: "I do not care what you have got, I want you to leave the store."

Halfords said it had "sincerely apologised" to him and his family.

Mr Cartlidge, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's 10 years ago, said he had approached the shop assistant for help in finding some car parts in January.

"I try to be as normal as possible but it's really demeaning when people say things like that to me," he said.

His daughter Katrina Cartlidge said she was "devastated and mortified" by the way her father was treated at the store on Springfields Retail Park.

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