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Scent snatchers on the nose

Pharmacy First have removed fragrance testers from their perfume range due to thieves stealing 13 tester bottles.
Pharmacy First have removed fragrance testers from their perfume range due to thieves stealing 13 tester bottles.

TO the thieves who pinched designer perfume testers from a flood-ravaged Emerald business – you stink!

Pharmacy First in the Centro Market Plaza has had more than $1000 worth of stock stolen within its first two days of trading since re-opening the shop in the flood damaged centre.

Pharmacy First area manager Jess Burrey said 13 fragrance testers were stolen in a theft which she labelled as “disgusting”.

“We are absolutely appalled at a few individuals in the Emerald community,” she said. “It’s a real shame and makes me sick in the stomach, we want the community to support us.”

She said the pharmacy re-opened on Friday and by Saturday afternoon the store discovered 13 bottles of perfume missing.

The stolen tester perfumes, which Jess described as being at the “top-end” range including brands such as Dolce & Gabbana and Yves Saint Laurent, were paid for by the store at near-retail price with the total value of the stolen perfumes amounting to well over $1000.

“We may as well not bothered to open our doors,” Jess said.

“I am amazed at how brazen they are to be flogging stuff already.”

The pharmacy has two staff members constantly rostered in the fragrance area but after the thefts, Jess said the store has taken all testers from the shelves.

“As a result we have removed them all so customers will need to ask staff for assistance,” she said.

“We can’t face any more losses.

“We haven’t traded properly for five months and we have been very lucky we have been kept employed but stuff like this makes it hard for a small business to get by.”

The store received almost $1 million worth of physical losses during the December floods and as result had to trade out of the one pharmacy located in the Emerald Village Shopping Centre.

“The store experienced… a great deal of loss of trade with minimal insurance cover as a result of the flooding and we are sick with the thought that people would do this,” she said.

Jess said the thefts were being investigated and the pharmacy was “certainly going to be naming and shaming” those responsible.


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