A shop assistant who was sacked after going viral for confronting a woman who allegedly used an empty child’s pram to steal from her store has been offered a series of jobs at rival firms.
Viral 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.
After a swearing-filled confrontation, the employee managed to retrieve some of the allegedly stolen property before the woman fled the scene.
Supercheap said the worker had been dismissed pending an investigation, sparking fury as dozens of Australians flocked online to criticize the decision and demand he be rewarded for his efforts.
Now two local companies have offered the man a job after being impressed with how he handled the situation.
A Supercheap Auto worker has been sacked pending an investigation after footage of him confronting a suspected thief (pictured) went viral
Autobarn, near Burleigh Heads, offered the man a job after being impressed with how he handled the situation.
“On behalf of our team in Burleigh, we would like to offer this man employment,” the company wrote in an online post. “If anyone knows his name, please help us get in touch.”
Store owner Michael Farrar said his business had lost about $15,000 in merchandise over the past two years and the man in the video was the kind of employee he wanted on his team.
“His actions have shown me that he is a loyal person and someone we would want on our team,” he told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
It remains unclear if the man contacted the company to accept the offer.
Local car wreckers Southport Auto Recyclers also posted a job offer for the worker.
The man has been offered a job with Autobarn, in Burleigh Heads (pictured)
The rival car company posted a message calling on the man to contact them about a job offer
“If anyone knows him tell him to DM us or tag him, we’d love to interview him for a position if he needs it!” they wrote on Facebook.
“After watching the video, it’s crazy that Supercheap dismissed him after the commitment he showed to them!”
Supercheap Auto confirmed on Monday that the employee had been dismissed, telling Radio 2GB: “While the situation is being investigated, the employee will not be able to work”.
The move sparked outrage online, with Australians expressing support for the worker.
‘Has he really been sacked, it’s ‘like ** not Supercheap!’ we wrote on Reddit.
‘Incredible. This guy defended this store and this is how they pay him back. Bloody thieves need to learn that stealing just isn’t cool,’ another comment read.
Autobarn Burleigh Heads owner Michael Farrar (pictured) said the man was the kind of employee he was looking for
A third added: “Poor bastard. You do a good deed and you get punished. What a fucking joke.
Many people took to the company’s Facebook page to condemn the decision, promising to shop elsewhere.
“Looks like you lost a worker. Luckily another company saw its worth,” one man wrote.
‘Know where I’ll be shopping from now on… Bravo Autobarn…. Shame on you,” one woman said.
“Seriously, Supercheap, you got it wrong,” read a third post.
However, others felt that the employee mishandled the situation.
“I was in retail 30 years ago and they were adamant even then that you report but never confront if you suspect a thief,” one wrote.
“I was a retail manager for years. I have always trained my staff never to arrest a thief,” another added.
“There was no incentive from head office to stop the thieves and they didn’t want to risk an employee being hurt or a thief trying to sue.”
“It’s silly to risk your own safety for a product that costs pennies/dollars to make and is company insured. You are worth more than cheap bullshit that is easily replaced,” wrote a third.
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 Supercheap spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that the company was reviewing the incident, which is “standard practice after an event of this nature”.
“At all times, we remain focused on the health, safety and well-being of our team members and customers,” they said.
It is understood that the employee was terminated with pay.
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 fake 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.
A witness, who was at the store to have her windshield wipers serviced, said staff saw her flying on their cameras inside the store.
The witness told Daily Mail Australia that the woman had three disc brake rotors, worth around $82.99 each.
“I heard the screams before I saw them and I just started filming,” said the witness.
“The worker was fine, he was more angry than anything.”
The onlooker claimed staff had recovered two rotors and believed the woman had gotten away with a third hidden under the pram.
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.