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Eight Year Old Takes Over As Supermarket Boss


Laurie Cannon becomes manager of Asda in Birkenhead so her manager mum can ‘put her feet up this Mother's Day

An eight year old schoolgirl from Halewood has put her pocket money where her mouth is, by taking over from her mum – after saying she wanted to give her mum a well-earned rest for Mother’s Day.

Laurie Cannon, who attends St Marks School in Halewood, took over the busy Asda Birkenhead supermarket for the day – and kept colleagues on their toes as she made good on her offer to say thank you to her hard-working mum, Danielle, by giving her a hand at work.

Danielle Richards, 32, is the George GM trading manager at Asda Birkenhead, which is located at Grange Road in the town, responsible for managing up to 234 colleagues.

She says she was shocked to see her daughter walk through the doors and take over the reins for the day and telling colleagues and customers what to do!

Proud mother, Danielle, said: “Laurie is brilliant and like all kids just wanted to do something nice for her mum on Mother’s Day.

“Of course when she said that instead of buying some flowers or chocolates with her pocket money, she just wanted to come to work and give me a hand, I didn’t think it would ever actually happen!

“It was a lovely way to spend the day with my daughter and credit to the colleagues at the store, they let her take over and put her in-charge for the day.

“She’s clearly been thinking about this for some time as her to-do list was already written up and she immediately briefed colleagues and got on with the job – in fact most of them joked that Laurie had more tasks for them than I usually would do!


Laurie kicked off her morning in charge of the store with a ‘management meeting’, where she told the colleagues what she wanted them to do – as well reassuring them that whilst she may be small in stature, she knew what all about the job in hand.

Next on the agenda was making sure the fruit and veg sections we fully stocked with her favourite foods; before inspecting the flower bouquet section to make sure everything looked pretty for other children who were in the store buying for their own mums.

Laurie rounded off the day by speaking to customers at the check-outs, making sure everyone was happy and had everything they needed.

Laurie, said: "My mum works really hard looking after me and my family, as well as working at Asda, so I just thought I’d show her much she means to me by helping her out for the day.

“Everyone at the store was really nice to me and even when I asked people who are a lot older than me to do something, they listened and it was done. All the customers said they thought I did a great job as well!

“My favourite part was telling people to make the flowers look pretty so that they would sell more for Mother’s Day!

“It was great fun and I loved being part of the Asda family for a day.”

Laurie also impressed the store manager, Rebecca Scott, who added: “Laurie is a lovely young girl and a real people person – customers and colleagues were so impressed with her management skills... and she is only eight years old!”

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