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Man Who Was Suspended From Work After Confronting Thief Gets A New Job

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Man Who Was Suspended From Work After Confronting Thief Gets A New Job

A former Supercheap Auto employee who went viral for confronting a thief has landed a new job after being suspended by the company. You can check out the clip below:

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Last week, footage of the incident went viral online, showing the employee apprehending a woman who was alleged to have used an empty child’s pram to steal some goods from the Ashmore store in Australia's Gold Coast.

In the clip, the employee – who hasn’t been named – confronts the woman, who then shouts: “Let my baby go!”

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He says: “You haven’t even got a baby in there,” before uncovering what appears to be some stolen goods from the shop. 

Despite managing to retrieve the items, the employee was later stood down by Supercheap Auto pending an investigation into the incident.

The company's reaction to its employee sparked mass backlash online, with other companies flooding to offer the employee a job.

And now it looks like he’s landed a position, with Michael Farrar, who owns the Autobarn store in Burleigh Heads, confirming he’s their newest team member. 

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The alleged shoplifting took place at the Ashmore branch of Supercheap Auto. Credit: Alamy
The alleged shoplifting took place at the Ashmore branch of Supercheap Auto. Credit: Alamy

Speaking to the Gold Coast Bulletin, Farrar said the employee is ‘pretty upset’ after the viral incident, explaining that his ‘life got turned upside down in one fell swoop’.

He said: “He didn’t like how it all went down, but it’ll be all good from now on. He starts next week, next Tuesday.”

The store owner was one of many who offered the man a job, taking to social media to say: "If anyone knows his name, please help us get in touch.”

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Farrar previously noted how the man’s capabilities would be a valuable asset to Autobarn, especially after the auto parts shop suffered stolen goods worth a total of $15,000 over the past two years. 

He told the publication: "His actions showed to me that he is a loyal person and someone we would want on our team."

No doubt the new position means a lot to the former Supercheap Auto employee, who was told he was ‘not able to work’ while the investigation continued. 

The company faced criticism online as the video did the rounds, with one user calling its actions 'unbelievable'.

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"This guy stood up for this store and this is how they repay him. Bloody thieves need to learn that stealing just isn't cool," said one Reddit user.

Numerous social media users criticised Supercheap Auto over the incident. Credit: Supercheap Auto/Facebook
Numerous social media users criticised Supercheap Auto over the incident. Credit: Supercheap Auto/Facebook

Others, however, disagreed with the employee's actions, including this person who wrote: "I was in retail work 30 years ago and they were adamant even back then that you report but never confront if you suspected a thief.”

Supercheap Auto previously told Daily Mail Australia that the investigation is ‘standard practice after an event of this nature’, adding: "At all times, we remain focused on the health, safety and wellbeing of our team members and customers.”

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LADbible has contacted Supercheap Auto for comment.

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@lizhudson01

Topics: Australia, Cars, Crime

Daisy Phillipson
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