Published: 16:46, 03 September 2018
| Updated: 17:19, 03 September 2018
A property tycoon triggered a police response after throwing his dinner on a restaurant floor – because service took 20 minutes.
Buy-to-let landlord Fergus Wilson is now calling for the sacking of an attending police community support officer (PCSO), following the incident.
“There was no better way of commenting on poor service,” than throwing the battered cod and chips on the floor, the 70-year-old Ashford and Maidstone multi-millionaire said.
It comes after Mr Wilson declared he was evicting mothers and ramping up rent payments on hundreds of homes within an hour of the Bank of England’s 0.25% interest rate rise.
Speaking after the incident at South Mimm’s Welcome Break, he said: “The fast service from Harry Ramsden was not as fast as I thought it should be, and threw battered cod and chips on the floor.
“If I go to a fast food restaurant I expect service to be quick, but I was left waiting 15 or twenty minutes for my food.
“I had paid for the produce and threw it on the floor, all right, someone had to clean it up, but for the people who own the company, it’s a reflection of how I felt about the service.
“Everybody reacts differently to certain situations.”
“Police officers should not mislead or lie to members of the public about their powers - I suggest you sack him without pension.”
Mr Wilson, who is believed to own more than 400 homes, hit out at Hertfordshire Police over its handling of the matter.
A police community support officer (PCSO) threatened to arrest Mr Wilson who didn’t have the powers to do so, he claimed.
And after pointing out the PCSO’s limited powers a further six police officers attended the M25 service station after Thursday’s incident, he added.
Now he is calling on chief constable Charlie Hall to sack the staff member “without pension.”
“I complain I have been misled by a PCSO who said he would arrest me when he did not have the power of arrest.
“Police officers should not mislead or lie to members of the public about their powers.
“I suggest you sack him without pension.”
Speaking to KentOnline he said the number of officers was disproportionate and no arrest was made.
“I hadn’t assaulted anybody - you can’t assault a piece of fried cod.”
As a complaint was made the force is unable to comment, Hertfordshire Police spokesman Natalie Dearman said.
Harry Ramsden has also been approached for comment.