A paramedic claims a Tesco security guard refused to help children trapped inside a hot car – because alerting the driver over a shop’s PA system would break data protection.
Paramedic Dave Brand saw youngsters “sweating away” inside the parked black car in a supermarket as temperatures hit 27C.
He says he reported the number plate to a security guard – but told the information could not be given over the PA system because of data rules.
The paramedic was about to call police to tell them he planned to break in when the mother returned.
It comes as the country is set to be hit by a heat wave that could last more than a week.
Dave wrote on the Tesco community page: “I just had an awful experience at Tesco in Lydney, Glos. My wife, daughter and I popped in for a few bits following a day out.
“We parked in one of the parent and child spaces and immediately noticed the black car next to us, with two unattended young children in it, sweating away.
“The thermometer in our silver car read 27C so I can’t imagine how hot they must have been.”
He claimed the guard refused to do anything because of “data protection” rules and stopped another member of staff “taking any action”.
The guard “chose to ignore the situation and decided to make no attempt to help the children”, he claims.
Dave added: “This is so incredibly dangerous; the mother should be ashamed of herself, but so should the Tesco security guard.
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