Mall bansmumandher friends
Flat Bush mum Yvone and her four female friends have been trespassed from Sylvia Park after things turned sour with security guards.
On September 9, Yvone along with her six-month-old baby, and four friends went shopping at the Auckland mall.
The group spent about $2000 at shops, Yvone says. After paying for items at Forever New and attempting to leave the store, they were stopped by a security guard, she says.
The guard accused her of stealing items at Sylvia Park a week earlier, Yvone says.
The group was taken to an inspection room where the guard told them to write down their names and addresses, she says.
‘‘We didn’t know what was going on.’’
Security guards called in police who asked for identification from the group.
Police left the room for one and a half hours while the women waited, she says.
The women felt the treatment was ‘‘unacceptable’’ and asked for an interpreter which was refused at first by staff, Yvone says.
A Chinese policeman arrived and said the group needed to write down their names and addresses before they could leave, otherwise they would be taken to the police station, Yvone says.
Police then issued all women with trespass notices banning them from visiting Sylvia Park shopping centre for two years.
The incident has generated a lot of discussion on WeChat, a social media app popular among Chinese.
Sylvia Park’s Facebook page also received a raft of complaints following the incident.
A spokesperson from Kiwi Property, which owns the mall, says it’s taking the claims on social media ‘‘very seriously’’.
‘‘As a result we have completed an investigation into this incident and stand by the police’s decision to issue a trespass notice.
‘‘We can confirm there was both suspicious activity and dis- ruptive behaviour that led to this action.’’
Inspector Steve Clark says police were asked by management to issue trespass notices.
‘‘This is their legal right to do so.’’
Yvone’s lawyer Alfred Chong says they are in the process of contacting the management of Sylvia Park, and currently there is no charge being laid.
Five Chinese women went shopping at the Sylvia Park mall and were later banned from entering for two years.