Customers at Mary Bale’s workplace call for her to be fired

August 26, 2010 | by | 17 Comments

Outraged customers at the bank where cat binner Mary Bale works today called for her to be fired – as she held crisis talks with her boss.

The spinster became an international hate figure after dumping four-year-old tabby Lola in a wheelie bin near her home in Coventry, West Mids.

Yesterday a police officer drove Mary, 45, to the high street bank where she has worked for several years in nearby Rugby for a meeting with her boss.

She is expecting to be fired by the Royal Bank of Scotland after the video caused worldwide uproar and attracted thousands of death threats.

And yesterday customers pledged to desert the bank if she stays in the job – where she serves customers face-to-face on the cash desks.

Housewife Kim Davis, 53, said: ”I’d never be served by this despicable woman again.

”I have two cats myself and they’re the most precious things in the world to me.

”Hopefully bosses will do the decent thing for cat lovers everywhere and usher her quietly out of the back door.”

Customer Barry Morgan, 58, added: ”I was disgusted when I saw what she had done. How can she be trusted anymore with my money?

”What if she takes a look around like she did in the video then drops it into the nearest bin?

”There’s no way I’d ever be served by her again. She’s brought shame on herself and the rest of the country.”

Another furious customer, who wished to remain anonymous, said: ” I’d already been thinking about changing banks because of their pithy interest rates.

”This is the last straw. When I saw the pictures of Mary Bale on the news I recognised her face straight away as the woman who works in my bank.

”It’s shocking that somebody who you trust with your money and you think leads a respectable life can do something so careless when she thinks nobody’s looking.”

The storm erupted earlier this week when footage emerged of Mary stroking tabby Lola on a wall outside a house on Brays Lane in Coventry at around 8pm on Saturday (21/08).

But she suddenly grabbed the four-year-old cat by the scruff of the neck and threw it into a wheelie bin before calmly walking away.

Terrified Lola was trapped in the bin for 15 hours before her owners Stephanie Andrews-Mann and husband Darryl finally found her the following morning.

Footage of the attack was captured by a CCTV camera which the couple use to monitor the front of their home.

They posted the video on YouTube and Facebook in a bid to track down the culprit – sparking outrage across the world.

West Midlands police have kept a vigil at Mary’s house for fear of attacks from animal rights activists.

She has sought refuge at her mother Celia’s house nearby and been escorted by police officers whenever she ventures outside.

Mary has been interviewed by the RSPCA but no decision on criminal proceedings have been made and she has not been arrested.

Speaking before yesterday’s meeting with her boss, Mary said she fears she will be sacked.

”I’ve already been worried about losing my job because of the recession, but now it’s an almost certainty,” she said.

”This just gets worse. It’s already been a dreadful year for me with family problems. My dad’s in hospital and now I’m going to lose my job.

”Members of the public see me everyday when I serve them. How can I hide away from that? There’s nothing I can do. How will they react when they see me.

”This is going to be dreadful. My whole life will be turned upside-down.”

However, one customer was willing to speak out in Mary’s defence.

Jean Thompson, 78, said: ”Mary serves me every week and I really like her. She’s lovely, warm and friendly. I really hope that Mary keeps her job.

”The only explanation I can think of is that she was worried that the cat might get run over on the road and wanted to keep it safe in the bin.”

A spokesman for RBS said: ”We take this matter very seriously but we are not in a position to comment any further.”

Cat woman: the full story

August 23: Footage emerges of unknown lady dumping cat in bin

August 24: Story shocks world and woman goes into hiding

August 25: Public gets first glimpse of Mary Bale

August 25: Mary Bale apologises and is whisked away by the RSPCA

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  1. Tom says:

    I'm sorry but thats a lame explanation, keeping a cat inside a bin so it wouldn't get run over. Its four years old and probably hasn't had a accident and anyway if so why didn't she tell the owners. I have two cats of my own and if i heard that they were trapped in a bin i would be furious.

  2. Tom says:

    I'm sorry but thats a lame explanation, keeping a cat inside a bin so it wouldn't get run over. Its four years old and probably hasn't had a accident and anyway if so why didn't she tell the owners. I have two cats of my own and if i heard that they were trapped in a bin i would be furious.

  3. CDG says:

    Hope "someone" putsher in a bin for 15 hours , te va a cargar la verga pendeja

  4. CDG says:

    Hope "someone" putsher in a bin for 15 hours , te va a cargar la verga pendeja

  5. Jordan Cowell says:

    I agree with the other comment, the cat is four years old and has probably grown up in the are so therefore would have an understanding of traffic, cat's aren't stupid. There is no excuse for doing this unless she's clinically insane but due to her comments she seems perfectly fine so this is nothing but cruel

  6. Jordan Cowell says:

    I agree with the other comment, the cat is four years old and has probably grown up in the are so therefore would have an understanding of traffic, cat's aren't stupid. There is no excuse for doing this unless she's clinically insane but due to her comments she seems perfectly fine so this is nothing but cruel

  7. Anonymous says:

    Why isn't anybody investigating if this woman has mental issues?

    Because to do that to a defenseless cat you surely are ignoble and basically a pile of may say "****".

    If shes worried about losing her job ..well she should have thought about that in the first place when she randomly dunked the car into a DAMN GARBAGE BIN. Nobody cares about her personal issues because we all have awful family issues.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Why isn't anybody investigating if this woman has mental issues?

    Because to do that to a defenseless cat you surely are ignoble and basically a pile of may say "****".

    If shes worried about losing her job ..well she should have thought about that in the first place when she randomly dunked the car into a DAMN GARBAGE BIN. Nobody cares about her personal issues because we all have awful family issues.

  9. Robyn says:

    What a stupid thing to say. Thinking this woman put the cat in the bin for it's own protection. Absolutely ridiculous! You can clearly see that she is looking around to see if anyone is looking before she throws the poor cat in the bin. What she did is so wrong and I think she should be severely punished for what she did but I also think that losing her job, getting death threats and being treated like an outcast by everyone is going a bit too far. The woman still needs to make a living. Let the law punish her for what she did. To those that want to hurt her…remember, what she did is the actions of an unstable person. You could be the one to push her over the edge. Do you really want her suicide on your conscience?

  10. Robyn says:

    What a stupid thing to say. Thinking this woman put the cat in the bin for it's own protection. Absolutely ridiculous! You can clearly see that she is looking around to see if anyone is looking before she throws the poor cat in the bin. What she did is so wrong and I think she should be severely punished for what she did but I also think that losing her job, getting death threats and being treated like an outcast by everyone is going a bit too far. The woman still needs to make a living. Let the law punish her for what she did. To those that want to hurt her…remember, what she did is the actions of an unstable person. You could be the one to push her over the edge. Do you really want her suicide on your conscience?

  11. Karen says:

    This poor cat did nothing to this woman, imagine if it was a child…one hates to think what she might do, she is obviously a very troubled individual.

  12. Karen says:

    This poor cat did nothing to this woman, imagine if it was a child…one hates to think what she might do, she is obviously a very troubled individual.

  13. foxyfur says:

    It's about time an example is made outta people like this who are cruel to defenceless animals. The law as always will do nothing though. Hope her work colleagues and customers make her life hell if she holds onto that job. RBS do the decent thing and sack the evil witch!

  14. foxyfur says:

    It's about time an example is made outta people like this who are cruel to defenceless animals. The law as always will do nothing though. Hope her work colleagues and customers make her life hell if she holds onto that job. RBS do the decent thing and sack the evil witch!

  15. Linda Coom says:

    What absolute twaddle this woman speaks.

    My husband has been on short time working since Christmas and many other things have gone wrong for us this year, including my father currently being in hospital, seriously ill but (thankfully) now recovering. I can honestly say, during this entire difficult time, it has never crossed my mind to put a cat in a wheelie bin. How does more suffering in the world make anyone (that's reasonable well adjusted) feel any better?

    You can see she knows how to handle a cat, so has she done similar things before? Could she be a psychopath – they start with animals and move onto humans – all bad news, and bad for her employer. You can't have anyone with this mindset dealing with any sentient beings.

  16. Linda Coom says:

    What absolute twaddle this woman speaks.

    My husband has been on short time working since Christmas and many other things have gone wrong for us this year, including my father currently being in hospital, seriously ill but (thankfully) now recovering. I can honestly say, during this entire difficult time, it has never crossed my mind to put a cat in a wheelie bin. How does more suffering in the world make anyone (that's reasonable well adjusted) feel any better?

    You can see she knows how to handle a cat, so has she done similar things before? Could she be a psychopath – they start with animals and move onto humans – all bad news, and bad for her employer. You can't have anyone with this mindset dealing with any sentient beings.

  17. Chanel says:

    Mary Bale was sitting outside a cafe with a dog.

    A man went up to the table and said “what are you doing with that”?

    The dog said “I just get paid to mind people. I don’t like her either”.

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