Nearly two months after the Movement Control Order (MCO) was imposed, many people returning to the workforce as shops begin to open. However, during the two-month period of inactivity, employees return with a shocking discovery where a department store in a shopping mall allegedly located in Sabah was full with mould.
A viral Facebook post by Nex Nezeum on 10 May showed how “damaged” all the goods and make him concerned that even if shops are allowed to open, there’s no point with the current situation. The post has garnered over 43,000 shares and many netizens well-wished to the owner of the store.
Many displayed items as in shoes, bags and belts were all covered in mould
All 11 photos posted by Nex Nezeum showed not just a small amount of displayed items, but almost all leather shoes, bags and belts were all affected and covered in layer of mould. Most of the merchandise completely ruined.
In a comment, he wrote that the real cause behind the growth of mould may be because of the humidity that have accumulated in the mall after the conditioning system was switched off for over 2 months during MCO period. Add up with the lack of maintanance by the management that led to mould to grow on the displayed items.
What make it even painful is, most of these goods aren’t cheap
Most of the affected items are branded and aren’t cheap to buy. In one of the photo posted, the leather shoulder sling bag brand Camel Active was priced at RM679.
Leather wallets are affected as well. A few wallets were covered in a layer of whitish mould. Men’s belts were spotted with a slightly brown coloration due to mould as well.
Not only displayed items in the department store were affected, the photo also showed a plush seating area covered in white spots and it was left unmaintained for over 2 months.
Netizens wondered if it was possible to save all the affected products by cleaning the mould off. We hope the department store owner and staff will be able to minimise their losses.
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