A Supercheap Auto employee who went viral for confronting a 'thief' has received multiple job offers after being suspended by the company for his actions. Watch the clip here:
The video, which has since gone viral online, shows the employee apprehending a woman who was allegedly using an empty child's pram to pretend she had a baby inside to try and flee with stolen goods from the Ashmore store in Australia's Gold Coast.
The employee, who hasn't been named, managed to retrieve some of the stolen items but was later stood down by Supercheap Auto pending an investigation into the incident.
The company's reaction to their employee has since sparked mass backlash online, with other companies having flooded to offer the employee another job.
Michael Farrar, who owns the Autobarn store in Burleigh Heads, took to social media to 'offer this man a job,' speaking 'on behalf' of the whole team.
"If anyone knows his name, please help us get in touch," the post reads.
Farrar noted how much of an asset the Supercheap Auto employee could be to his team. Particularly after his store saw goods worth a total of $15,000 taken from it in the last two years.
He told Gold Coast Bulletin: "His actions showed to me that he is a loyal person and someone we would want on our team."
Southport Auto recyclers have also taken to Facebook to ask anyone who knows the employee to come forward.
"If anyone knows him tell him to DM us or tag him, we would like to interview him for a position should he require one!
"After watching the video it's crazy that supercheap have stood him down after the commitment to them he demonstrated!" the company said.
On Monday, 9 May, Supercheap Auto confirmed to Radio 2GB that the employee 'will not be able to work' while the investigation is ongoing.
However, the company has faced backlash, with one user calling the company's apparent punishment of its employee for helping retrieve stolen goods 'unbelievable'.
"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," one Reddit user said.
Others flooded to Supercheap Auto's Facebook page threatening to not buy 'any products from [the store] until [its] workers have rights again'.
"Shame on you, Supercheap Auto for sacking a worker that tried to stop items being stolen from your store. Won't be buying anything from your store until you reinstate this brave young lad!" another said.
However, others disagreed with the employee's actions.
"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," one said.
Another wrote: "There was no incentive from head office to stop thieves and they didn't want to risk an employee getting hurt or a thief trying to sue.
'It's idiotic to risk your own safety over product that costs a few cents/dollars to make, and is insured by the company. You're worth more than cheaply made s*** that is easily replaced."
It has been reported the employee is still being paid despite being stood down.
The investigation into the incident is 'standard practice after an event of this nature,' Supercheap Auto told Daily Mail Australia.
"At all times, we remain focused on the health, safety and wellbeing of our team members and customers," it said.
No complaints are reported as having been made to Queensland Police in relation to the incident.
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