Bhubaneswar: A woman allegedly threatened to file rape complaint against the staff of a shopping mall here when they asked her to pay the bill.
On Thursday evening, a woman who was accompanied by her male companion and a child shopped at a DN Regalia shopping mall under Patrapada area. The woman purchased apparels worth over Rs 50, 000 and proceeded towards the billing counter where she reportedly told the staff that she is a family friend of one of the partners of the shop and the bill has already been paid.
The reluctant staff refused to oblige her owing which an altercation ensued between them. Then, the accused threatened the employees to file a rape complaint against them if they insisted further on paying the bill, the store employees said.
“When she entered the shop, she enquired about Ajay Satpathy Sir who was a former business partner of our owner. She then picked four sarees, a purse and a ladies dress. At the billing counter, she asked for the bill. Our staff said that we can’t produce bill without the bill being paid. She then said that she has already paid it to Ajay Sir, and asked us to take it from him. When we expressed our inability to generate bill under the circumstances, she snatched the bags and threatened to file rape complaint against our staff,” an employee of the store said.
After a commotion, she left the store hastily and rushed out of the mall in an SUV. By the time, the store staff had jotted down the vehicle number and contact number of the woman.
Soon after the incident, a police complaint was lodged at Tomando Police Station under Commissionerate Police jurisdiction.
Based on the complaint, police are investigating into the incident.
Sources said the accused is a habitual offender and was in news earlier for similar incidents.