Cafe locals stunned by PM's visit
THE Prime Minister got a ticking off from staff at a Stonehouse cafe when he snubbed them for the bakery next door, writes Edd Moore.
David Cameron stopped off in Union Street to grab a hot drink and a sugary snack on his way to the city's Armed Forces Day celebrations.
He stunned locals by wandering into The Sandwich Box Plus cafe on Saturday morning in search of a takeaway coffee.
But Sheila Thomas, who was behind the counter, failed to recognise the PM – and told him she was busy serving other customers.
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After a ten-minute wait, Mr Cameron's aides popped in to next-door Warrens bakery to buy the peckish premier a jam doughnut and a cup of tea.
He sat outside in the sun before heading back inside The Sandwich Box to pose for a photograph with teenager Josh King.
Sheila said: "I didn't realise it was him at first.
"I was in the middle of serving a customer so I was running around trying to do something and didn't take too much notice to be honest. He asked if we served takeaway coffee and I said, 'Yes but I'm in the middle of serving somebody' and he said, 'I'm so sorry'. It was only afterwards somebody told me it was the Prime Minister."
Sheila, who is manning the cafe while owner Annette Adaway enjoys a holiday, added: "He came back in afterwards and I told him off for not getting a coffee here. He shook hands and was very pleasant."
Mr Cameron declined to sample a pasty – one of the hot topics of his Government's budget – said Warrens' assistant manageress Lin Murphy. But he sat outside the bakery in the sun to enjoy his refreshments before meeting Stonehouse lad Josh. "I'm just there chilling out and some bloke walks in," the 18-year-old said. "I got a bit excited when I realised who it was – I was like a schoolgirl.
"I said, 'Mate, I don't know what you're doing in Stonehouse – you're in a Labour-voting area!' He just looked at me, then he asked me who I was supporting in the football on Sunday."