Four cafe workers have been banned from 50 branches of Costa Coffee after a staff bust-up.

They face police action if they set foot inside the shops “for any purpose”.

The four had quit as a show of support for a manager who lost her job in Selsey, West Sussex.

Now, six months on, they have been told they are on a “company banned list”.

The letter from Premiere Coffee and Jurassic Coast Coffee – which runs about 50 franchised Costas – says: “Following your recent behaviour you are permanently banned entering all Premiere Coffee and Jurassic Coast Coffee stores.

"You are not permitted to enter for any purpose; this includes using the customer toilets or using the building as a walkway between places. In the event that you ignore this ban, police will be contacted immediately.”

Student Nick Bulic, 19, received the letter. He said: “I don’t know why they are taking this line, no one breached their contracts. It seems very petty.”

Ex-assistant manager Emma Cooter, 22, said: “It’s disgusting. I left four months ago. I don’t understand why they would call the police to escort me out.”

A Costa spokesman said: “Four people have been barred. This was a decision taken by our franchise partner following issues in the Selsey store.”

Premiere Coffee and Jurassic Coast did not comment.

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