Do you keep your shopping receipts? No matter how large the transaction? Well, Bharathi Singh’s husband almost fell foul of the law when he didn’t find his receipt for good purchased at his local Kmart in Queensland.
The Queensland family claimed they were left mentally distressed and mortified after Kmart staff sent the police around to their home after wrongly accusing them of shoplifting.
Bharathi Singh took to Facebook and went straight for Kmart and detailed her whole story that left her husband “sad and totally disappointed”.
The post has since gone viral, with thousands of people discussing the “disgusting” act across the country.
Ms Singh said she had decided to share her story to spread awareness among shoppers to always print their receipts so they “don’t go through what we went through”.
According to the mother-of-two, her husband visited Kmart in Mount Ommaney, in Brisbane’s western suburbs, last month to pick up a few things for his family.
His shopping came to a total of $21, which she claimed he paid before driving home shortly after.
Some time later, two police officers knocked on the family’s door and “accused my husband of shoplifting a purchase”.
“Surprise and shocked, we quickly apologised and said we didn’t know how that could be possible,” Ms Singh said.
The officers told the couple Kmart staff had lodged a complaint with Queensland Police, claiming Ms Singh’s husband “made the purchase, scanned his Flybuys and just walked away to the car” without paying.
Convinced Ms Singh’s husband hadn’t paid for his items, Kmart staff allegedly followed his car and “took a snap photo of the car registration”.
During what she described as an embarrassing 30-minute interrogation, police demanded the Singhs “present a receipt as a body of evidence of the purchase”.
But, like many shoppers, Ms Singh’s husband hadn’t printed off a receipt and usually never does.
“I calmed down and took a couple of minutes to review our transactions on the card,” she said.
“ … lucky, we found the transaction on mobile app that proved he has paid for the purchase.”
While she admitted the police officers were professional and took the issue no further, Ms Singh said she was furious at the Kmart staff for sparking such a distressing scene out the front of her home.
“It was quite embarrassing having the cops present in front of the house, interrogating and was drawing a lot attention,” she said.
“I am so mad at Kmart Mt Ommaney management team for messing up my weekend and causing me unnecessary mental stress.”
Kmart responded to Ms Singh’s complaint the following day, saying the Customer Care team was “sorry to hear about your experience with our Mt Ommaney store”.
“We can understand how disappointing this situation would have been for yourself and your husband, and we apologise for the inconvenience caused,” the message said.
The team said they would like the opportunity to “follow this up” with the Singh family.
Ms Singh urged Kmart shoppers to keep their receipts, lest they have the police knocking at their door one day for no reason at all.
“If I didn’t have smartphone with a banking app, the situation wouldn’t have been favourable,” she said.