New Jersey

Whole Foods Fires Security Firm That Banned Elderly Woman for Mistakenly Stealing Cheese

Representatives from a Whole Foods store in New Jersey say they have fired the security company responsible for detaining a 70-year-old woman and banning her from any of the supermarket chain's tri-state area locations after she accidentally left without paying for some cheese.

Margaret Dooley bought about $60 worth of items at the Millburn-Union Whole Foods on Oct. 4, but she forgot to ring up the cheese hiding underneath her bag in the cart.

Officials say loss prevention agents brought Dooley to the back of the store where she was questioned, photographed and eventually banned.

Spokesman Michael Sinatra says the firm previously contracted at the location has been "removed and replaced."

It's unclear what security company was the prior contract holder.

Sinatra says attempts to reach Dooley haven't been returned.

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