Supercheap Auto has been bombarded with hundreds of abusive comments online and is calling for a boycott after the car retailer quit a salesman who confronted a woman (pictured) for allegedly stealing from her store

Supercheap Auto removes abusive online comments after employee quits who caught thief

Supercheap Auto has been bombarded with hundreds of abusive comments and boycott calls from outraged Australians after the retailer quit a salesman who confronted a suspected thief.

Supercheap deleted hundreds of comments that flooded their Facebook page on Tuesday, which criticized the channel for quitting the employee.

Footage shows the worker had arrested a woman outside a Supercheap Auto store in Ashmore, the Golden Coastafter she allegedly tried to flee with items hidden in the pram.

Supercheap Auto has been bombarded with hundreds of abusive comments online and is calling for a boycott after the car retailer quit a salesman who confronted a woman (pictured) for allegedly stealing from her store

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.

“Removing a worker because they caught a lift in the act and tried to defend your business is simply unAustralian! Take it back! said one user.

“Shame on you for firing a worker who stopped a lift and collected your products,” another commented.

A third wrote: ‘Firing a guy for doing his job…yeah great job super cheap. 90% of your staff are nothing but a potato with no clue and when you have a good member staff doing their job, you fire them.”

‘Give back this guy’s job. What a hero. He did what anyone would do. He wasn’t violent with her, he [was] just minding the business,” a fourth person noted.

Supercheap deleted hundreds of comments that flooded its Facebook page that criticized the chain for quitting the employee

Supercheap deleted hundreds of comments that flooded its Facebook page that criticized the chain for quitting the employee

Several users on social media called for a boycott of Supercheap Auto and claimed they would never buy from the retailer again.

‘No more shopping at Supercheap Auto for me. Seriously, are you firing an employee for taking care of YOUR business? Bad shot…really bad shot,’ one buyer said.

“We must boycott super cheap until the worker is reinstated,” posted a man with a visual.

A third added: ‘Sad to see the employee caught up in the shoplifting incident has been removed from his post.

“The message seems to be that shoplifting is okay and you won’t be charged.” I have lost faith in Supercheap Auto and will definitely buy elsewhere now.

‘You guys should be ashamed of yourself! No wonder criminals do what they do! Never shop in your stores again!’ noticed another.

One person slammed the chain and pointed out that the employee should have been ‘rewarded’ because he was preventing the retailer from ‘losing money’.

Several users called for a boycott of Supercheap Auto and wrote that they would never buy from the retailer again

Several users called for a boycott of Supercheap Auto and wrote that they would never buy from the retailer again

A few people said they would take their business to Supercheap Auto’s competitor, Autobarn.

Others have taken a lighter approach to the issue.

‘I heard a rumor that Supercheap Auto has a new type of sale?? Anything you can put in a pram with a blanket on top is FREE,” one joked.

Another user responded to a promotion from Supercheap Auto with a photo of a fitted vehicle, writing, “How big are these beasts? Do you think one could fit in a pram? I wish I had one for free!!!’

A fourth said it was ‘clear’ Supercheap was ‘tolerating’ shoplifting and tried to ask which store the worker had been fired from so he could take items ‘for free’.

“I just wanted to thank you for firing the employee who confronted the shoplifter in Queensland,” one person joked.

“As a thief myself, it costs me a lot to have your full support and to know that if I get caught you will fire the employee for confronting me.”

A few people said they would take their business to Supercheap Auto's competitor, Autobarn.  Others have taken a lighter approach to the issue

A few people said they would take their business to Supercheap Auto’s competitor, Autobarn. Others have taken a lighter approach to the issue

Since stepping down, the former Supercheap Auto salesman has been offered a job by two local companies after being impressed with how he handled the situation.

Autobarn, near Burleigh Heads, offered the man a position.

“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 showed me that he is a loyal person and someone we would want on our team,” he told the Bulletin of the Côte d’Or.

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 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

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 2 GB: ‘While the situation is being investigated, the employee will not be able to work’.

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