$700 sun­glasses go for $2

Hamilton Press - - FRONT PAGE - KEL­LEY TAN­TAU

A $700 pair of pre­scrip­tion sun­glasses were ac­ci­den­tally sold at a Hamil­ton op shop ... for a gold coin.

The deal of the decade oc­curred last week at Hamil­ton’s new­est Hos­pice Shop, lo­cated on Grey Street.

The glasses were parted from their owner, Rose McCar­roll, for mere min­utes be­fore they were mis­tak­enly sold off for $2.

McCar­roll is philo­soph­i­cal and doesn’t blame any­one - she just wants her sun­nies back.

Pur­chased from Pater­son Burn Op­tometrists, McCar­roll only had the glasses for 10 days. They are de­scribed as be­ing tortoise- coloured and square-framed.

‘‘I ag­o­nised over it for ages. We tried on about three mil­lion pairs,’’ she said.

‘‘I fi­nally get them, $698 ... and I was think­ing I’ll re­ally look af­ter th­ese, I’ll put them in their case ...’’

But at 10.30am on Thurs­day, McCar­roll was ea­ger to show her daugh­ter the new Hos­pice Shop, so the two browsed the shelves at length.

McCar­roll re­calls tak­ing the sun­glasses off, and their last known lo­ca­tion was by the books to the right of the store.

‘‘Al­most as soon as I got into the car, I re­alised I didn’t have my sun­glasses. I checked my pock­ets, checked my bag ...

‘‘We came back and had a look where I thought they’d be. I went to the young as­sis­tant and said ‘I think I’ve lost my sun­glasses.’ She says, ‘Oh my god!’

‘‘She of­fered me $2, which is what she charged this woman.’’

Hos­pice pro­vided a rough de­scrip­tion of the buyer: a mid­dleaged woman - but that is all McCar­roll knows.

‘‘[The as­sis­tant] came run­ning out to see if she was still here.

‘‘She was just dis­traught, so I don’t blame her. I don’t blame any­one, be­cause she was just so sorry.’’

The glasses have pre­scrip­tion lenses, and though there is a chance the buyer could re­turn them, McCar­roll won­ders whether some­one would re­turn some­thing they only paid $2 for.

How­ever, af­ter hear­ing about McCar­roll’s mis­for­tune, Pater­son Burn Op­tometrists of­fered to re­place her glasses for free.

‘‘She had taken so long to find a pair she re­ally liked and barely had them a week, so we looked into it and con­tacted the lens sup­plier and frame sup­plier.

‘‘They felt for her and said ab­so­lutely,’’ mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Mar­tine Wong said.

‘‘They’re also not a pair of glasses you can just pick off the shelf. They were made es­pe­cially for her, so un­less the per­son wear­ing them has the same vi­sion is­sues as her they won’t be re­act­ing well with them.’’

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Rose McCar­roll’s $700 pair of sun­glasses were snatched up by a savvy shop­per at Claude­lands’ new Hos­pice Shop.

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