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Ghost supermarket stumps French shoppers

Grocery shoppers at a supermarket in northern France were left bamboozled this week when they found themselves alone in the store after all the staff went home, but forgot to close the doors. What happened next?

Ghost supermarket stumps French shoppers
What would you do if you found yourself at the checkout and there was no one there to help? Photo: AFP
What would you do if you found yourself in a supermarket that didn't have a single member of staff inside?
 
Would you raid the booze shelves? Leave the correct amount of money at the till? Or would you call the police?
 
This was the exact dilemma faced by customers at the Simply Market store in Lesquin, northern France, on Tuesday.
 
Due to the Bastille Day public holiday, the store was supposed to shut at 1pm, but it's understood that the last staff member out of the door forgot to turn off the lights or indeed lock up.
 
Customers, who are used to the store being open until 8pm, simply walked in and carried on their shopping as normal. 
 
It wasn't until  they began arriving at the till and found it unmanned that they realized something was amiss.
 
Rather than taking advantage of having the store to themselves and wheeling their trolleys straight to their cars shoppers decided to call in the police, and by 5pm staff arrived and closed the shop.
 
Remarkably, police on the scene said they found no sign of theft or damage to the shop.

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French supermarket boss found dead after being charged with bullying his staff

The boss of a Leclerc supermarket in eastern France has been found dead after he was charged with bullying members of his team.

French supermarket boss found dead after being charged with bullying his staff
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The 58-year-old boss was found dead on Thursday in the French town of Belfort in the north eastern region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté after he had been charged with harassing his employees the previous Wednesday.
 
An investigation has been opened into the cause of death, local prosecutor Emmanuel Dupic confirmed to the French press. 
 
On Wednesday, the two owners, including the man found dead, of the Leclerc supermarket in the town of Héricourt and the commercial director had been charged with harassment against 25 employees.
 
A fourth person, the financial director, had been charged with complicity in psychological harassment.
 
According to local newspaper L'Est Républicain, the man was found dead after he had been released on bail. 
 
The owners and the commercial director of the store are suspected of “humiliating [staff members], threatening behavior and remarks that have led many employees to suffer from burn-out or take sick leave, allowing employers to declare them unfit for their positions and fire them,” said the local prosecutor. 
 
The situation came to light after an investigation took place in 2018 when 14 employees dismissed from this store filed a complaint with the police.
 
The investigation revealed that “significant moral harassment had been ongoing for nine years, with daily pressure on employees that led to physical and psychological distress”, according to the prosecutor.
 
Pregnant women and disabled staff were forced to carry out duties, including carrying heavy items, or work schedules unsuitable to their situations. 
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