A Preston man was asked to leave a major supermarket because he was dressed as a Minion.Advertisement
Known as Mike he claims he was trying to buy some bananas before heading off to cheer on his friends doing a sponsored 22-mile walk around the Guild Wheel.
He said: “I thought I’d wave them off and I wanted to pick up some bananas to give to them to give them an energy boost.”
Wearing his costume – which many say inspired the current Preston North End away strip – he entered the Morrisons supermarket in Blackpool Road, Deepdale around 10.30am on Saturday.
Mike said: “I went to walk in and a few people saw me and wanted pictures, so I stopped for pics with the kids.
“I continued into the store and walked up to the cake area and then went to the fruit area to look for some bananas.
“I found bananas and then the manager came over and asked me if I had permission to be in the store and was I raising money for charity.
“I told him I would chat with him outside as I didn’t want a scene in the store. I told him in no way was I collecting or raising funds, I had no bucket or anything. I just wanted bananas.
“He told me to leave and not to come back.
“As I walked to my car more members of the public said the outfit was brilliant and it had put a smile on their faces. They couldn’t believe it when I said I’d been asked to leave the store.”
A spokeswoman for Morrisons confirmed staff had dealt with a man dressed in a Minion outfit on Saturday morning.
She said the man had entered the store and was seen running up and down the aisles. Staff at first thought they’d forgotten a charity collection was taking place, but when speaking to Mike had been told he’d just come in for a run around.
The spokeswoman said: “We welcome Minions, well behaved ones, to our stores. If he had booked in advance we’d have been happy to welcome him for a charity fundraiser. He was certainly popular.”
Mike, who is in his 40s, said he would be wearing the outfit to Preston North End’s season opener with Middlesbrough.
His Minion outfit will see him be the mascot for the Sir Tom Finney Day charity fund.