Furious Gosport dad forces son to apologise for his 'vile mouth' after video of boy abusing Asda staff goes viral

A FURIOUS father publicly named and shamed his son after a video showing the lad abusing shop staff went viral online.

By Tom Cotterill
Tuesday, 14th April 2020, 3:58 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 9:39 am

Sheepish Charlie Baldwin was hauled before staff at Asda in Gosport today by his dad Ben Baldwin after a video appeared yesterday showing the youngster and another boy swearing and threatening staff.

The shocking footage, which was shared over Facebook, wracked up more almost 500,000 in less than a day, and left people appalled.

And in a public post shared on Facebook site, Gosport Aware – which has since been removed – Mr Baldwin publicly chastised his boy in a display of tough love that has been praised widely on social media.

Gosport lad Charlie Baldwin, pictured left, was hauled in front of shop workers Asda by his furious dad Ben after a video of the youngster and another boy abusing staff went viral yesterday. Here he is pictured saying sorry to staff in a video shared online by his dad.

In a statement online, Mr Baldwin said: ‘For everyone who has seen a video of this boy threatening members of staff at Asda yesterday. As a dad I have never been more disgusted and mortified with my son in my life.

‘He has not been brought up to behave in this manner and I do not condone his behaviour at all.’

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The apology video was seen by tens of thousands of people and shared almost 8,000 times online before it was taken down.

A still from the video that went viral showing two boys abusing and swearing at Asda store workers in Gosport

In it, Charlie – with his hands in his pockets and speaking softly – said to a member of staff: ‘Please sir, I didn’t mean for any of this to happen. I was just angry… There’s nothing else to say but “I’m sorry”.’

In the video, a visibly outraged Mr Baldwin demanded his son to apologise to ‘all the members of staff at Asda’ for ‘embarrassing people’ with his ‘vile mouth’.

He added: ‘I’m your dad and I’ve had to bring you down here because you disrespect everyone. And now you’re plastered all over Facebook. It’s disgusting, Charlie. We don’t bring you up like this, do we Charlie.’

The original video showed Charlie and another boy, who isn’t being named publicly by The News, shouting and swearing at staff, before threatening to ‘cut them’. The pair of youngsters then rode off on their bikes.

One of the two boys filmed abusing Gosport Asda staff members, Charlie Baldwin, is pictured riding away from the store and being followed by a member of the public. Charlie was today forced to head back to the shop by his father to apologise.

It’s understood the police have since been informed about the incident although no arrests have been made.

Mr Baldwin insisted to the staff his son would ‘never come round’ to the store again and pledged to thoroughly ‘punish’ his child for his behaviour.

Many praised Mr Baldwin’s tough stance, with one person saying: ‘Well done dad. A very hard lesson learnt. Lots of respect to you.’

While another commented: ‘Hat's off bud, well done. Hopefully lesson learned. Fair play to your lad for accepting the punishment too, though. Cannot have been easy for either of you.’

Asda said it would not tolerate its staff being threatened

A spokesman from Asda added: ‘Our colleagues are doing everything possible to try and support customers during this time – but we need our customers to treat each other, and our team with respect.

‘Under no circumstances do we tolerate violence towards colleagues or customers in our stores and we will work with the authorities where necessary.’

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