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.”
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August 25: Public gets first glimpse of Mary Bale