Sunday 16 June 2019

Watch: Woman bundled to ground after being accused of 'shoplifting from Penneys'

Warning: Video contains offensive language

Cathal McMahon

This is the moment a woman was bundled to the ground by four security guards at a popular Dublin Penneys store.

Witnesses said the woman was accused of shoplifting from the Mary Street Store moments before this clip was captured.

In the footage, filmed on Monday afternoon, she can be seen pushing a shop worker before she is dragged to the ground at the shop entrance.

Dozens of shoppers watched on as the drama unfolded and the woman can be heard screaming at the staff.

At least four security guards were filmed holding her down at the entrance to the shop.

One man told the camera-woman to stop filming the incident.

A witness said: “The girl was embarrassed the way she was treated in front of everyone tourists friends and all.”

A garda spokesman confirmed that a 23-year-old woman was arrested in relation to an incident at the store.

“A woman was arrested shortly after 3.30pm on Monday and charged under the theft act. She was bailed to appear in court at a later date.”

A spokesperson for Primark, the international brand of Penneys, said: “Primark has investigated the incident that occurred at its Mary Street store yesterday. As is usual practice, Primark notified the Gardaí and the matter is now in their hands. Primark takes the safety and security of our customers and staff extremely seriously.”

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