Supercheap Auto worker accepts new job

The Supercheap Auto employee who temporarily resigned after trying to arrest a suspected shoplifter in a video that went viral has a new job.

A Supercheap Auto employee who was filmed arguing over a pram with a suspected shoplifter has taken a new job at the firm’s rival chain, Autobarn.

It comes after the man was removed from his job with pay by Supercheap Auto as the company began a review of the incident outside a Gold Coast store – which a bystander filmed and put on social media two weeks ago.

The staff member could be seen trying to grab a pram covered in a blanket from a woman, before a box fell from under the blanket.

The video on TikTok alone has 6.9 million views, with the man drawing plenty of praise for his handling of the situation.

Supercheap Auto confirmed at Bulletin of the Côte d’Or the staff member in the video had decided to leave the company.

He also said company policies and standards “prohibit confronting suspected shoplifters and physical contact with customers,” which was to “protect our team members and our customers.”

“We recognize the public interest in this matter, but health and safety is paramount and our health and safety standards are not just words on a page,” a spokesperson said.

“They are central to how we operate our business.”

When it was reported that the employee had been removed from his position, many Australians expressed their outrage and some even offered him a job.

One such person was Autobarn Burleigh Heads owner Michael Farrar, who said the man was exactly the employee he was looking for.

“His actions showed me that he is a loyal person and someone we would want on our team,” he said, adding that his store stole approximately $15,000 worth of items over the past two last years.

Mr Farrar confirmed on Friday that the former Supercheap Auto employee was his newest member of staff and started next Tuesday.

He told the Newsletter the man was a private person and “rather upset” after his “life was turned upside down in one fell swoop”.

The employers had also called 2GB radio host Ben Fordham’s program wanting to offer the man a job when the incident was discussed on air.

Fordham said there was “no way in the world” the worker should have been removed from his job.

“This guy was doing his job saying you’re not going to pinch him in the store,” he said. extra today Monday.

“I’ve had people call me on my radio show to say they’ll offer him a job. They would give him a raise or a promotion.

Some social media users claimed they would boycott Supercheap Auto.

“Supercheap Auto must reinstate the worker and prosecute the shoplifter. Simply quitting an employee is not enough to protect your business,” one person wrote.

“Damn Supercheap Auto, give the man a bonus and a reward for treating the company like it’s his own. Every company should be so lucky to have employees like this,” another agreed. .

The company had said a review was standard practice “after an event of this nature”.

On Monday, a week after the video was shared, police told the alleged shoplifting had still not been reported.

The Incident

In a viral video taken outside a Gold Coast Supercheap Auto store, a member of staff could be seen trying to grab a pram covered in a blanket.

He accused the woman with the pram of stealing from the store and threatened to call the police, as the woman shouted “let my baby go”.

After they both struggled to gain control of the pram, a box was thrown to the ground under the blanket and the woman said, “You can have the fucking rotor mate.”

It is unclear if the woman actually had a baby in her pram.

At the end of the video, the staff member followed the woman out of sight into the parking lot, while another worker wearing a “Covid safe hygiene marshall” vest picked up the box left behind.

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