Jun 25, 2002 1:30 AM
|Charity shop sells customer's £700 bike for £10
By Auslan Cramb, Scotland Correspondent
A circus fire-eater who toured the world on her £700 bicycle took it into a charity shop for safe keeping while she tried on clothes, only to emerge from the changing room to find it had been sold for £10.
Emily Harris, 25, from Alaska, said she was "hysterical" when she discovered her bike was missing from the British Heart Foundation shop in Edinburgh.
Embarrassed staff said the "mix-up" occurred after Miss Harris left the bicycle beside bags of clothes that had just been donated.
Another customer, a middle-aged Asian man, bought the bicycle while she was looking at clothes.
Jean Prentice, the assistant manager who sold the bicycle, said: "She was obviously very upset. We are very sorry about what happened and we hope that the person who bought the bike will bring it back."
Miss Harris, a fire-eater who is in Scotland with the Circo Rivo troupe, has travelled on the bicycle through America, Canada, Mexico, France and Spain, with her possessions in a small trailer.
She said: "I felt like I'd been kicked in the stomach. I was hysterical. The bike's my entire way of life. It was the only material object I cared about." She appealed to the buyer to return the Centurion bicycle, which she had owned for four years.
It had "important karmic qualities" for her, she added.
A police spokesman said the incident was a civil matter and it was up to the shop to decide whether to reimburse Miss Harris.
|Did the store at least give her the £10?||klbeans|
Jun 25, 2002 4:11 AM
|Actually no, and in addition....||muncher|
Jun 25, 2002 8:01 AM
|they made her pay for the shirt she was trying on (she was interviewed on the wireless this morning - she didn't sound particularly amused)...|| |