A Supercheap Auto worker has quit and joined a rival after video of him confronting a woman who allegedly used an empty child’s pram to steal from his shop went viral.
The worker was removed from his job at the Gold Coast retailer after the auto parts franchise conducted a review of the incident.
He has now taken up a new job with local rivals Autobarn Burleigh Heads.
In the video, the woman was arrested over the contents of her pram – where she was apparently hiding three stolen items.
On Friday, the franchise released a statement revealing that the man who tried to arrest the alleged thief has since decided to leave the company.
A Supercheap Auto worker has quit and taken a new job with a rival firm after an investigation into footage of him confronting a suspected thief (pictured) went viral
His departure came shortly after Daily Mail Australia revealed he had been bombarded with job offers and was “struggling” with his newfound fame.
“I can confirm that the team member involved in the incident has decided to leave the company,” a Supercheap Auto spokesperson said in a statement.
“We continue to offer support to the team member.”
The statement said a “full review” had been carried out into the incident – which happened in April. It is understood the incident was reported to Queensland Police.
Supercheap Auto reiterated company policy that staff should not confront suspected shoplifters.
“These policies and standards, which prohibit confronting suspected shoplifters and physical contact with customers, are designed to protect our team members and our customers,” the spokesperson said.
Autobarn Burleigh Heads owner Michael Farrar (pictured) said the man was ‘mentally struggling’ amid his ordeal
“We have extensive video surveillance in our stores and suspected cases of shoplifting are reported to police along with footage of the suspected offenders.
“The health, safety and well-being of our team members and customers is our top priority and we are committed to maintaining a safe working and shopping environment.
“Our health and safety standards are not just words on a page. They are central to how we operate our business.
The employee will be paid in full as a result of the incident.
Meanwhile, Supercheap Auto staff received an email from Managing Director Benjamin Ward reminding them of “the company’s policies and standards for customer interaction”.
Michael Farrar, owner of Autobarn in nearby Burleigh Heads, said the still-unnamed Supercheap Auto worker contacted him after he publicly offered him a job.
Mr Farrar said the worker admitted he was “struggling mentally” amid the turmoil with his employer and his accidental internet fame.
The man was in touch with Mr Farrar after the business owner offered him a job with Autobarn in Burleigh Heads (pictured)
Mr Farrar said he offered the man the job after being impressed with how he had handled the situation.
He told the Gold Coast Bulletin: “He didn’t like the way it all turned out, but it will be fine from now on.” It starts next week, next Tuesday.
Mr. Farrar said his business had lost about $15,000 worth of goods over the past two years to thieves.
“His actions showed me that he is a loyal person and someone we would want on our team,” Mr Farrar previously said.
Dozens of people were threatening to boycott the Supercheap Autos chain over the “woke” decision.
“After watching the video, it’s crazy that Supercheap quit him after the commitment he showed to them!”
How the Supercheap Auto incident happened
Video shows the worker stopping the woman outside Supercheap Auto in Ashmore, Gold Coast, after she allegedly tried to flee with items hidden in the pram.
Video posted online last month showed the woman clutching her decoy pram tightly, claiming there was a baby inside, as she bickered with the employee.
The employee threatened to ‘call the cops’ if she did not return the allegedly stolen items as the woman attempted to move the stroller out of her reach.
“Drop my baby,” she cried as the man grabbed her handles and peered inside.
“You don’t even have a baby in there,” the man replied calmly.
“Don’t touch my baby,” the woman shouted again when the employee noticed a box stowed inside the pram covered with a blanket.
“Oh, there’s a box in there!” the man shouts in mock surprise.
The woman then apparently abandoned her scheme and told the salesman he could have “the f**king engine”.
She pushed a large cardboard box out of the pram and onto the sidewalk for the man to retrieve before finally calling her a “f**khead.”
A second video later posted online showed the woman pushing him out of the way and rushing into the parking lot, away from the auto supply store.
Queensland Police said detectives were not aware of any complaints about the incident. The alleged thief then fled.
In footage of the altercation, a large cardboard box falls from the woman’s pram onto the sidewalk (pictured)
Footage shows the frustrated employee grabbing the pram as the woman claims there’s a baby inside
A second clip later posted online shows the woman walking past the employee and taking off from the parking lot as another worker retrieves an allegedly stolen rotor.