Food tampering side effects; store morale, sales drop

In Jan. 2010, someone decided it would be a bright idea to put needles in bread at the Calgary Co-op Oakridge Centre on Southland Drive and 24th Street SW, Calgary (that’s in Canada). The store called the cops, temporarily closed, and recalled its bulk bakery products, bulk food items and packaged cheeses.

In Feb. 2010, more needles were found and the same routine happened again.

Yesterday, the responsible “punk” with “a box of pins and a brain half as sharp”  was in a Calgary court, on trial for three counts of mischief causing property damage and five counts of trespassing.

Tatyana Granada, 44, (right, exactly as shown) apparently decided needles-in-food was an appropriate response after being banned from the Calgary Co-op for shoplifting.

Bakery department employee Sandra Grassie testified it all began for her on Jan. 18, 2010, when a customer found a cheese bun with a needle in it, adding,

"Morale was awful because of stuff that was going on. They were watching everybody to determine what was going on. We had to take everything in the bakery, rip it open and check everything."

Clifford Gelowitz, meat supervisor at the store, also said the food tampering was devastating.

"It impacted our sales, it impacted everybody in there because our hours were cut. We actually lost a few employees from our department because sales weren’t there."

The trial continues.

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