By David LeitchA former shoe trader at an Australian shoe retailer has told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that he was ordered to take delivery of a $50,000 pair of Adidas shoes for $200 in cash.
Ralph Meyers was at the store with his wife, Sandra, when the order was made.
He told the ABC that he did not realise the size of the order because he was busy at the time.
“When I got there, there were about 20 people waiting for the order to come in, they said, ‘Can we get you a pair of these for $20?’
I said, well, I’ve got to take it.”
And then they said to me, ‘No, we don’t want to take you for that because we’re not going to be able to sell it for that much’.
“He said he then had to give the order a second time, this time telling his wife to wait for him.”
We were told, ‘We’ll give you another $20 if you can get a pair for $10.’
“Ms Meyers said the couple decided not to take the order and instead took a taxi to the shopping centre where the order had been placed.
Mr Meyers told the BBC he felt pressured to accept the order, and when he arrived at the shopping center, he found another pair of shoes for the $10 price.
He said the pair were made of a very high-end leather, and there were two stitching seams.”
I told my wife I was going to have to take another pair.
It was about two minutes later that I got an SMS from a customer service representative who said, look, we’re sorry, we can’t take you the pair, you need to go back to the store.
“She was like, ‘I don’t know what happened, I don’t remember anything’.”
Mr Meys said he was then ordered to go and pick up the pair himself.
“They came up to me and they said I had to pick them up.
I said OK, I’ll be on my way and they were like, no, they’ll just put you on a flight.”
Mr Meyer told the media that he returned to the shop, and a customer came to collect the pair.
The pair was not returned, but the couple are now suing the Australian retailer for allegedly withholding the shoes.
The ABC’s investigation found that a store employee had instructed Mr Meyers to take a $40,000 shoe contract from another store.
Mr Meeyers said he is a “good guy” who was simply doing his job.
“You just don’t take these people’s money, you don’t treat them that way,” he said.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has told ABC News it has opened an investigation into whether the Australian Government or the Australian Postal Service have discriminated against Mr Meys because of his ethnicity.
Topics:fashion,consumer-protection,industry,workplace,law-crime-and-justice,government-and/or-politics,national-security,australiaFirst posted February 07, 2019 19:53:52Contact Sarah JonesMore stories from New South Wales