It’s the age old question, what would you do if a supermarket sold your child? But every parent’s worst nightmare came true for Simon and Linda Guzzle when an early morning Black Friday shopping spree resulted in their two year-old child Harper being mistakenly sold to another customer.
DCI Claire Fishsnatch said: “At around 8.00am during the rush to get into the supermarket it appears that staff were overcome and panicked. Somewhere in the melee a barcode was placed on the unobserved Harper. The child was then sold to another customer and soon after Harper’s parents raised the alarm.”
The supermarket was bracing itself for high volumes of shoppers after advertising 55 inch televisions for £200. The manufacturers, Czech based company Slaag, had sent the chain a limited number of TV’s so a first come first served basis was implemented. This caused a huge surge when the doors were opened and resulted in shocking confusion.
So how much was the child sold for? An alarming £10.99, due to a thirty percent reduction. A bargain if it was legal to buy children.
The employee in question, nineteen year-old Duggary Farttaste, had been left unsupervised with a barcode gun and confused the infant with an animatronic doll despite Harper being a foot taller, the wrong sex and human.
“…we can rule out the child being returned because he was faulty.”
Store manager Anchory Clungemoist, said: “Fortunately we were able to track down the customers who bought the child but they had lost their receipt. They want a refund, however, our store only accepts returned goods with a valid receipt.”
TV celebrity and champion of the consumer, Dom Littlewood from BBC’s Don’t Get Done, Get Dom admitted there was very little the Guzzle’s could do. “In these situations the law is with the store and their returns policy. I’ve spoken with the Guzzles and they assure me Harper was in no way defective so we can rule out the child being retuned because he was faulty.”
Simon Guzzle told us: “We’re just praying our child is returned.” Asked whether the store should have had a queuing policy to prevent a crowd? “It would have helped greatly. Perhaps even a little bit of staff training like how to handle large crowds and how children are definitely not sold in f**king supermarkets.”
DCI Fishsnatch appealed to the stores owners to let this mistake slide but at the time of print they were standing firm on their decision.
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