TESCO has banned free bananas and oranges over fears customers will sue for slipping on peels.
The supermarket offers the fruit for children in many stores.
Tesco has banned free bananas and oranges over fears customers will sue for slipping on peels[/caption]
But it understood shoppers have been flinging the skin on the floor, making it a slip hazard.
Shopper Keith Fawke, 48, spotted the change at a store in Southam, Warks.
He said: “We are meant to be encouraging children to eat fruit, not take it away. I often take my two kids with me and they make a beeline for the free fruit.
“They love bananas and if they aren’t on the display staff will generally pick me one up from the fruit aisle.
“But the worker told me they’ve had to stop giving it away as it was causing all sorts of problems.”
An employee said: “Oranges or bananas were a hazard because people were just chucking them the floor rather than put them in the bin.
“We’ve had several people, not just here but across Tesco, having accidents so they’ve said we are not allowed them.
“It’s a shame but they are worried about compensation.”
In May 2016, Patricia Walsh won £1.1million damages after slipping on grapes at a Tesco in Co Clare, Ireland.
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That year Nicola Foye claimed she had to use a wheelchair for a year after falling on an orange peel at a Glasgow Tesco.
The supermarket giant confirmed it was stopping free bananas and oranges but dismissed any connection to a rise in damage claims.
A spokesman added: “We’ve given out more than 100million pieces of free fruit since the scheme launched three years ago. Skins and peel that aren’t disposed of could cause slips. We want to ensure customers are safe as they shop.”
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