The Supercheap Auto Employee Who Was Temporarily Standing Down After Trying To Stop An Accused Shoplifter In A Video That went viral has a new job.
A Supercheap Auto employee who has been charged with shoplifting over a filmed fight with a new job at the company’s rival chain, Autobarn.
When it comes to Supercheap Auto, the company undertook a review of the Gold Coast store outside the event – which was filmed and put on social media two weeks ago.
A staff member could be found trying to grab a pram covered with a blanket from a woman, before a box fell out of the blanket.
The video on TikTok alone has 6.9 million views, with a handy picture of how the man is attracting lots of praise.
Supercheap Auto confirmed to Gold Coast Bulletin The staff member in the video had decided to leave the business.
It also stated that the company’s policies and standards include “prohibit confronting suspected shoplifters and customers with physical contact”, which were “protect our team members and customers”.
“We recognize the public interest in this matter but health and safety are paramount and our standards on health and safety are not just words,” a spokesperson said.
“They are central to the way we operate our business.”
When it was reported that the employee had been up and down, many Australians expressed their outrage and some even offered him a job.
One of those people was Autobarn Burleigh Heads owner Michael Farrar, who said the man was just looking for an employee.
“His actions showed that he was a loyal person and someone we would want on our team,” he said, adding that his store had about $ 15,000 worth of items stolen in the last two years.
Mr Farrar confirmed on Friday that the former Supercheap Auto worker was his newest staff member and started next Tuesday.
He told the Bulletin The man was a private person and after a “pretty upset” his “life got turned upside down in one fell swoop”.
Employers also had 2GB radio host Ben Fordham’s program wanting to offer the man a job when the incident occurred.
Fordham said “no way in the world” the worker should have stood up.
“This guy was doing his job by saying you’re not going to the pinch store,” he said Today Extra on Monday.
“I’ve had people calling on my radio show saying they’d offer him a job. They would give him a pay rise or a promotion. ”
Some social media users said they would boycott Supercheap Auto.
“Supercheap Auto needs to reinstate the worker and prosecute the shoplifter. It’s not good enough to stand down and protect your business, ”one person wrote.
“Damn it Supercheap Auto, give the man a bonus and an award for treating the business as if it were his own. Every business should be so lucky to have employees like this, ”another agreed.
The company said a review was standard practice “after an event of this nature”.
On Monday, a week after the video was shared, police told news.com.au that the alleged shoplifting had not yet been reported.
In a viral video taken outside a Gold Coast Supercheap Auto Store, a staff member could find a blanket with a pram covered.
He is accused of stealing from a woman with a store and threatening to call the police, as the woman screamed “let my baby go”.
After they both struggled to take control of the pram, a box was knocked to the ground from the blanket and the woman said: “You can have the f *** ing rotor mate.”
It’s not clear if the woman actually had a baby in her pram.
At the end of the video, a staff member followed the woman out of the carpark, while another worker wearing a “Covid Safe Hygiene marshall” vest picked up the box.