Charity store accidentally sells $1,081 Balenciaga handbag left behind by customer


We only have one word for it: WHOOPS.

An operations store was forced to apologize after selling a $1,000 designer handbag accidentally left behind by a customer.

Zharkyn Ermekovna, from north London, was browsing an East Finchley operations store when she walked into a changing room to try on clothes, The sun reports.

She put down her Balenciaga handbag, which retails for around A$1,081, and rushed out of the store when she realized she had to pick up her children.

When she returned to the store later that day to pick up her handbag, the store was closed for the day.

So she returned the next day – only to be told by the staff that the bag had been sold.

The store, run by the RSPCA, admitted it had been sold for a fraction of its original cost.

Zharkyn said she bought the bag from London’s luxury department store Harrods and was “devastated” that it had sold out.

The Balenciaga handbag in question. Credit: Provided

“You can’t sell something like that, especially when it’s a designer product,” the mother-of-two said.

She said there were still keys in the bag when she left it in the locker room.

“I asked how it was sold full of items and they said it was empty and they wouldn’t be looking at CCTV.

” It’s shocking. I don’t know what happened, I don’t know what the truth is.

Store staff said they could not provide CCTV footage to Zharkyn due to data protection laws.

“Real error”

A spokesperson for the charity said The sun they had apologized to Zharkyn and they were trying to find the object.

“We apologized to the owner of the bag for selling it, it was a very real mistake made in good faith, and we are working to find it,” they said.

“It would appear from the CCTV cameras that the owner of the bag left it in a locker room for about an hour and then it was brought to the checkout by a customer asking if he could buy it.

Balenciaga handbags are in high demand and sell for thousands of dollars.  File picture.
Balenciaga handbags are in high demand and sell for thousands of dollars. File picture. Credit: Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images

“We believe the purse was emptied before it was brought to checkout and there were no obvious signs that it was a misplaced personal item, so it was sold in good order. faith.

“It wasn’t until the owner of the bag returned the following day that it was discovered that a genuine mistake had occurred.

“The charity has reported the matter to the police and we are urging the owner of the bag to also report it to the police and the branch will assist in the investigation.

“The branch is asking the customer who purchased the bag to contact them so that it can be returned to its rightful owner.”


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