'Shoplifter' stripped and whipped

'Shoplifter' stripped and whipped
Published: 2017 January 24 08:03:37 (15299 Views)
A woman was stripped and beaten up by staff at Pep Stores in Vryheid, KZN, SA, after she was allegedly caught shoplifting.

They chased her around the store before whipping her with belts and the assault was captured on camera by a shopper.

The incident happened in 2012, but the video went viral earlier this month.

The staff took the matter into their own hands in what they said was "a punishment for stealing".

Five staff members, wearing uniforms, took turns beating her with belts and dragged around by her hair.

When she pleaded to be taken to the police instead of being beaten in the store, one of the staff members said the cops didn't help with anything.



"We will do this our own way," said the staff member.

Pep communications manager, Mariki Schwiebus, said all those involved in the incident had been dealt with.

"All five staff members were subjected to a disciplinary hearing.

"Three of them were dismissed for gross misconduct arising out of serious assault.

"They assaulted a third party with intention to do grievous bodily harm during working hours," said Schwiebus.

She said two staff members received final written warnings for collective misconduct in failing to report and intervene to stop a serious assault.

"Pep regrets the situation as it is against the company values of treating all customers with dignity and respect, no matter what the circumstances of the incident."



Source - Dailysun

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