The Supercheap Auto employee who was temporarily discharged after trying to stop an alleged shoplifter in a video that went viral has a new job.
A Supercheap Auto employee who was filmed arguing over a wheelchair with an alleged shoplifter has accepted a new job at the company’s rival chain, Autobarn.
It comes after the man was fired with his salary from Supercheap Auto as the company investigated the incident outside a Gold Coast store, which a passerby filmed and posted on social media two weeks ago.
The staff member could be seen trying to grab a blanket-covered pram from a woman, before a box fell from under the blanket.
The video on TikTok alone has 6.9 million views, with the man attracting a lot of praise for how he handled the situation.
He also said that the company’s policies and standards “prohibit dealing with suspected shoplifters and physical contact with customers”, which were meant to “protect our team members and customers.”
“We recognize the public interest in this matter, but health and safety are paramount and our health and safety standards are not just words on a page,” a spokesperson said.
“They are critical to the way we run our business.”
When it was reported that the employee had been fired, many Australians expressed their indignation and some even offered him a job.
One such person was Autobarn Burleigh Heads owner Michael Farrar, who said the man was just the employee he was looking for.
“His actions have shown me that he is a loyal person and someone we would like on our team,” he said, adding that his shop has stolen about $ 15,000 in the past two years.
Mr. Farrar confirmed on Friday that the former Supercheap Auto worker was his new staff member and he started next Tuesday.
He told al bulletin the man was a reserved person and “quite upset” after his “life was turned upside down in one fell swoop”.
The employers had also called the show 2GB radio host Ben Fordham wanting to offer the man a job when the incident was discussed on the air.
Fordham said there was “no way in the world” that the worker should have been fired.
“This guy was doing his job saying you weren’t going to pinch him from the store,” he said speaking Today Extra on Monday.
“I’ve had people calling my radio show saying they would offer him a job. They would give him a pay raise or a promotion. “
Some social media users they would have boycotted Super cheap car.
“Supercheap Auto needs to reinstate the worker and prosecute the shoplifter. It’s not good enough to turn down an employee who protects your business, “wrote one person.
“Damn Supercheap Auto, give a bonus and a reward to the man for treating the business like his own. Every company should be so lucky to have employees like this, “agreed another.
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 theft had not yet been reported.
In a viral video shot outside a Gold Coast Supercheap Auto store, a staff member could be seen trying to grab a blanket-covered pram.
He accused the woman with the pram of stealing from the shop and threatened to call the police, while the woman yelled “let my baby go”.
After they both struggled to take control of the wheelchair, a box was dropped to the floor from under the blanket and the woman said, “You can have the fucking rotor buddy.”
It is unclear whether 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 Marshal” vest picked up the left box.
Originally published as Supercheap Auto worker from wheelchair viral video accepts job at rival Autobarn